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Breaking down the Madness Part IV
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Part IV of a multi-part series breaking down this year’s Madness.
Part I | Part II (East) | Part III (Midwest) | Part IV (West)

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WEST REGIONAL

Team Record Conference Team Record Conference
#1 UCLA 31-3 Pac 10 #16 Mississippi State 17-15 SWAC
#8 BYU 27-7 Mountain West #9 Texas A&M 24-10 Big 12
#5 Drake 28-4 Missouri Valley #12 Western Kentucky 27-6 Sun Belt
#4 Connecticut 24-7 Big East #13 San Diego 21-13 West Coast
#6 Purdue 24-8 Big Ten #11 Baylor 21-10 Big 12
#3 Xavier 27-6 Atlantic 10 #14 Georgia 17-16 SEC
#7 West Virginia 24-10 Big East #10 Arizona 19-14 Pac 10
#2 Duke 27-5 ACC #15 Belmont 25-8 Atlantic Sun
Representing the league in the West Regional we have one of the biggest surprises and youngest teams in the Big Ten. The Purdue Boilermakers far exceeded expectations being led by freshman forward sensation Robbie Hummel. Of the starting five, four are underclassmen with forward Nemanja Calasan the only junior exception. The Baylor Bears are led by junior guard Curtis Jerrells who pace the high scoring offense. The Bears have an advantage over the Boilermakers in depth with 3 point-threat guard LaceDarius Dunn and 7-foot shot-blocking center Mamadou Diene on reserve. But both these teams are balanced and able to put together a sweet 16 run. Unfortunately for the Bears, this is their first tournament appearance since 1988.


Record overall 24-8 20-10

conference 15-4 9-8

against
tournament
teams
4-3 5-8
Resume RPI 46 43

SOS 114 49

Quality Wins 5 7
Team Stats
per game
Points 68.7 81.4

Turnovers 12.9 12.6

Rebounds 35.8 40.9

Free throw % 0.706 0.742

3pt % 0.37 0.382

Blocks 4.3 4.4

Unfortunately for the Bears, they come limping into this contest having lost 6 of their last 10. Their last game prior to Selection Sunday? A loss to last place Colorado in the Big 12 tournament. Not exactly a hot streak to be playing upstart Purdue in their first round matchup. Baylor is one of those teams that literally live and die by the 3. The last team this reliant on the long range shots? Think Illinois the year they lost to North Carolina in the Championship game. So a cold spell could easily doom Baylor and turn their first round game into a nightmare. But this also gives them a good chance at an upset if the 3s begin falling. Look for a close contest between the Boilers and Bears but with Purdue prevailing in the last few minutes.

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