Your last-second guide to the NCAA Tournament

March 20, 2013 

EAST

Top seeds: 1. Indiana 2. Miami 3. Marquette 4. Syracuse

Pick: Miami

Dark horse: Butler

Upset special: Colorado over Illinois

5 players to watch: Indiana’s Victor Oladipo is a relentless defender ... Miami point guard Shane Larkin, Barry’s son, has been tremendous ... N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie is very versatile ... Temple’s Khalif Wyatt has a game unlike anybody’s ... Davidson’s Nik Cochran is the nation’s top free throw shooter.

MIDWEST

Top seeds: 1. Louisville 2. Duke 3. Michigan State 4. St. Louis

Pick: Louisville

Dark horse: Saint Louis

Upset special: Oregon over Oklahoma State

5 players to watch: Creighton forward Doug McDermott will play in the NBA … Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart could be the first pick … Missouri guard Phil Pressey delivers highlight-reel stuff … Louisville’s Russ Smith scores from long and short … Duke’s Mason Plumlee dominates inside.

SOUTH

Top seeds: 1. Kansas 2. Georgetown 3. Florida 4. Michigan

Pick: Florida

Dark horse: VCU

Upset special: South Dakota State over Michigan

5 players to watch: Michigan guard Trey Burke was the Big Ten Player of the Year ... South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters averaged 23 points ... Georgetown’s Otto Porter is the top player in the Big East ... Kansas freshman Ben McLemore is a lottery pick ... UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad is an explosive scorer.

WEST

Top seeds: 1. Gonzaga 2. Ohio State 3. New Mexico 4. Kansas State

Pick: New Mexico

Dark horse: Wisconsin

Upset special: Iowa State over Notre Dame

5 players to watch: Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk is more athletic than he looks ... Ohio State’s Aaron Craft is a top defender ... Rodney McGruder is Kansas State’s best player since Michael Beasley ... Ole Miss’s Marshall Henderson scores as well as he talks ... Iona’s MoMo Jones had three games over 35 points.

-- From Wire Reports

TODAY’S GAMES

Valparaiso vs. Michigan St.: 12:15 p.m., CBS

Bucknell vs. Butler: 12:40 p.m., truTV

Wichita St. vs. Pittsburgh: 1:40 p.m., TBS

New Mexico St. vs. Saint Louis: 2:10 p.m., TNT

St. Mary’s vs. Memphis: 2:45 p.m., CBS

Davidson vs. Marquette: 3:10 p.m., truTV

Southern vs. Gonzaga: 4:10 p.m., TBS

Oregon vs. Oklahoma St.: 4:40 p.m., TNT

N.C. A&T vs. Louisville: 6:50 p.m., TBS

S. Dakota St. vs. Michigan: 7:15 p.m., CBS

Belmont vs. Arizona: 7:20 p.m., TNT

California vs. UNLV: 7:27 p.m., truTV

Missouri vs. Colorado St.: 9:20 p.m., TBS

Akron vs. VCU: 9:45 p.m., CBS

Harvard vs. New Mexico: 9:50 p.m., TNT

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