Staff writer Kevin Lyttle offers his weekly 68-team NCAA tournament projections. This year March Madness is coming to Austin, with the Erwin Center hosting second- and third-round games March 21-24. As an added twist, Lyttle will forecast which eight teams could be headed here.
On the top line: Indiana is the overall No. 1, followed by the Sunshine State’s Miami and Florida and then a new entry: Gonzaga. We’ve elevated the Zags to No. 1 in the West, and why not? They’ve got 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk, whom the NBA is looking at, along with a bunch of shooters and experience. For those who carp on their soft league, the Zags went 5-0 vs. the Big 12, beating four of the conference’s projected NCAA tournament teams.
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