The AggreGator: NCAA Round 2

March, 15, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- So, you're the Florida Gators and you're busy trying to solve Virginia's vaunted pack-line defense. The last thing you need is an executive order for failure. But that's just what President Barack Obama has on his bracket -- an opening-round loss to the Cavaliers. Did Mr. Obama really diss the state of Florida? In an election year?? Let's move on to the links:

West Region breakdown
Eamonn Brennan looks at how the West will be won. He says Virginia may be the most intriguing No. 10 seed in the bracket.

Top 5 NBA prospects in West Region (Insider)
Chad Ford concludes his look at the top 5 NBA prospects in each NCAA tournament region with the West. Florida's Bradley Beal and Patric Young are high on the list.

The future of West region teams (Insider)
Sixty-eight teams made the NCAA tournament, but each of them know if they want to return they need to recruit well. Here's a look at what each team is losing after this year, what kind of recruiting class they're bringing in and what it means to their hopes of making future NCAA tournaments.

Five teams that need the 3 (Insider)
Some big-name teams will live or die with their long-range accuracy and need to connect from behind the arc to advance. John Gasaway picks out the five with the greatest need. You already know Florida is on the list.

Bilas: Pick-by-pick bracket analysis (Insider)
Jay Bilas draws from a season's worth of film and live scouting to make his bracket selections, taking Insiders pick by pick to the title game in New Orleans. Find out if Jay has the Gators getting out of Omaha, Neb.

Bracket TV: Last-minute advice
Doug Gottlieb offers advice before you turn in your brackets. He's got the Gators as his sleeper Final Four team.

Artificial bracket intelligence (Insider)
ESPN Insider Chris Sprow uses Insider’s ultimate pick tool -- Bracket Predictor -- to select tournament winners and upsets up to the Sweet 16. Florida wins a remarkable 44 percent of third-round simulations against No. 2 Missouri and advances to the Sweet 16.

12 NCAA Tournament Predictions
Grantland's Mark Titus says Florida is essentially a lesser version of Missouri and could be tripped up by Virginia's slow-down defense.

Sowing the seeds for upsets
AJ Mass uses his “Atomic Mass” formula to find teams that are potentially overseeded or underseeded in the NCAA tournament in an attempt to pinpoint upsets.

What to watch Thursday and Friday
Jason King says one of the best coaching matchups of the second round is between Florida's Billy Donovan and Virginia's Tony Bennett.

Reading into NCAA tournament fortunes
Time to break down why it will go well -- or poorly -- for each of the tourney teams. Dana O’Neil's breakdown for Florida includes butterflies. Read on.

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