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NCAA Tournament Regional Breakdowns

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East: Ohio St. will spoil Big East party

Ohio State drew the top-overall seed but won’t have an easy road, potentially having to play No. 4 Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

Thad Matta and John Calipari may not have an abundance of depth, but these two coaches are loaded in their starting lineups. The question is whether the Wildcats have an answer for Jared Sullinger.

Everywhere you seem to look, there’s a Big East team. Ohio State could meet Villanova in the second round, West Virginia in the Sweet 16 and Syracuse or Marquette in the Elite Eight.

This region also has its share of shocking bubble teams. Georgia was right on the bubble and didn’t just get in, it was rewarded with a No. 10 seed. UAB and Clemson also are surprising teams and will face one another in the First Four with the winner playing West Virginia.

This is a region also loaded with guards. Villanova has Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, Kentucky has Brandon Knight, Xavier boasts Tu Holloway, Marquette relies on Darius Johnson-Odom, Syracuse is led by Scoop Jardine and Washington leans heavily on Isaiah Thomas. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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