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West Regional Snapshot
East · West · South · Midwest
West Regional Matchups - Bracket Breakdown

1 Gonzaga vs. 16 South Dakota State
2 Arizona vs. 15 North Dakota
3 Florida State vs. 14 Florida Gulf Coast
4 West Virginia vs. 13 Bucknell
5 Notre Dame vs. 12 Princeton
6 Maryland vs. 11 Xavier
7 St. Mary's, CA vs. 10 VCU
8 Northwestern vs. 9 Vanderbilt

Odds to win West Regional - per Sportsbook.ag
Gonzaga 7/5
Arizona 7/4
West Virginia 6/1
St. Mary's 7/1
Florida State 7/1
Notre Dame 12/1
Vanderbilt 40/1
Maryland 60/1
VCU 60/1
Xavier 80/1
Northwestern 80/1
Princeton 200/1
Bucknell 500/1
Florida Gulf Coast 500/1
North Dakota 2000/1
South Dakota State 3000/1

West Regional Stats
Seed Team SU ATS Away Last 5 Last 10 O-PPG D-PPG FG% 3-PT% FT%
1 Gonzaga 32-1 22-7-1 17-0 4-1 9-1 84.6 61.2 51.8 38.2 73.8
2 Arizona 30-4 18-14-2 15-3 4-1 9-1 76.3 65.4 47.6 39.8 75.8
3 Florida State 25-8 17-12-2 7-8 3-2 6-4 82.5 71.3 48.3 35.6 69.2
4 West Virginia 26-8 13-15-1 10-6 3-2 7-3 82.0 66.3 45.8 36.1 67.8
5 Notre Dame 25-9 18-9-1 9-7 3-2 8-2 78.0 69.2 46.1 38.6 79.9
6 Maryland 24-8 15-12-3 11-3 2-3 3-7 74.2 67.8 45.1 36.3 69.8
7 St. Mary's 28-4 16-11-2 13-2 4-1 8-2 72.0 56.5 49.6 39.9 74.8
8 Northwestern 23-11 19-12 9-7 3-2 5-5 71.1 65.1 43.5 34.1 75.1
9 Vanderbilt 19-15 20-12 8-10 3-2 7-3 71.3 68.1 43.1 37.7 77.6
10 VCU 26-8 12-17-1 11-7 3-2 7-3 74.7 66.4 46.1 33.4 70.7
11 Xavier 21-13 15-18 9-9 3-2 3-7 74.6 71.4 45.4 34.0 68.9
12 Princeton 23-6 12-10-1 13-5 5-0 10-0 72.1 61.5 45.2 38.3 73.4
13 Bucknell 26-8 7-1 12-6 5-0 8-2 76.1 67.4 48.1 37.7 67.9
14 Florida Gulf Coast 26-7 4-0 10-4 5-0 9-1 79.4 68.8 50.2 35.0 70.2
15 North Dakota 22-9 17-9-2 11-7 4-1 9-1 80.5 72.8 48.3 38.7 71.8
16 South Dakota State 18-16 14-16-1 7-13 5-0 8-2 77.6 77.4 45.9 36.3 77.6


Favorite: Arizona (30-4 SU, 18-14-2 ATS)
Although the Wildcats captured the Pac-12 tournament title over Oregon, Arizona was relegated to the second seed in the West behind Gonzaga. Since losing to the ‘Zags in early December, the Wildcats have won 24 of the last 26 games with the two losses coming in February to Oregon and UCLA. Arizona faces North Dakota out of the Big Sky on Thursday in Salt Lake City as 16 ½-point favorites, but the Wildcats have posted a 2-4-2 ATS record in its last eight as a double-digit favorite. In the last three tournaments under Sean Miller, the Wildcats own a 2-7 ATS record, including winning four games without covering the number.

Underachiever: Xavier (21-13 SU, 15-18 ATS)
The Musketeers had high hopes this season by posting a 13-2 record in the first two months. However, Xavier lost four of its next five games and also lost standout guard Edmond Sumner to a torn ACL in a late January win at St. John’s. Since Sumner was sidelined, the Musketeers have lost seven of 13 games, while Xavier have compiled a 6-13 ATS record in the last 19 contests overall. However, Xavier has covered four straight games as it faces Maryland on Thursday in Orlando as two-point underdogs. The Terrapins have slowed down of late by losing four of their last six games, while covering only once in this span.

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: St. Mary’s (28-4 SU, 16-11-2 ATS)
Gonzaga dominated the West Coast Conference this season at 32-1, but St. Mary’s was right behind the Bulldogs by winning 28 games. Three of the Gaels’ four losses came to Gonzaga, while falling to Texas-Arlington at home as 15-point favorites in December. St. Mary’s is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013 as it faces VCU in the 7/10 matchup on Thursday in Salt Lake City. The Gaels are listed as 4 ½-point favorites, as St. Mary’s owns a 7-2-1 ATS record in its last 10 opportunities when laying points.

Upset-Minded: Princeton (23-6 SU, 12-10-1 ATS)
The Tigers ran the table in the Ivy League this season by going 14-0, while capturing the inaugural Ivy tournament title against Yale, 71-59. Princeton is riding a 19-game winning streak, as the Tigers overcame a 4-6 start to the season. The Ivy League champion has covered in the first round in each of the past four tournaments, including outright wins by Yale in 2016 and Harvard in 2014 and 2015. Princeton squares off with Notre Dame to tip off the tournament on Thursday afternoon in Buffalo as seven-point underdogs, as the Fighting Irish have reached the Elite Eight the last two seasons.

Double-Digit Favorites: Gonzaga, Arizona, Florida State, and West Virginia
Gonzaga is the largest first round favorite in this region, laying 22 ½ points to South Dakota State on Thursday in the 1/16 matchup. The Bulldogs lost only once this season, while putting together an impressive 16-6 ATS record when listed as a double-digit favorite.

West Virginia fell short of winning the Big 12 tournament, but the Mountaineers are looking for a bounce-back effort in the Big Dance after getting tripped up by Stephen F. Austin last March. WVU is listed as a 13 ½-point favorite against Patriot league champion Bucknell on Thursday afternoon in Buffalo. The Mountaineers are riding a 1-6-1 ATS cold streak, including five of those defeats in the favorite role down the stretch.

Easiest Travel: Florida State (25-8 SU, 17-12-2 ATS)
The Seminoles won all 20 games played in the Sunshine State this season, as FSU makes the short trip from Tallahassee to Orlando. FSU faces a team that won’t be traveling far either as the former “Dunk City” Florida Gulf Coast heads to central Florida from Ft. Myers fresh off the Atlantic Sun title. The Seminoles are dancing for the first time since 2012 as they reached the round of 32 before bowing out to Cincinnati. The Eagles last faced the Seminoles in the 2014 NIT, falling short to FSU as 10 ½-point underdogs, 58-53. However, FGCU has covered in all four NCAA tournament games in its short history, including last season as 22 ½-point underdogs in an 83-76 loss to North Carolina.

Toughest Travel: VCU (26-8 SU, 12-17-1 ATS)
The Rams have been a tournament darling since reaching the Final Four in 2011 as VCU is in the Big Dance for the sixth consecutive season. VCU picked up an at-large bid despite losing the Atlantic 10 championship to Rhode Island as the Rams will have to travel to Salt Lake City from Richmond to face St. Mary’s on Thursday. The Rams struggled in the role of an underdog this season by posting an 0-4 SU/ATS record, including losses to Dayton and Baylor. However, VCU has compiled a terrific 8-2 ATS mark as an underdog in the tournament since 2011.

Highest Total: Gonzaga/South Dakota State – 153

Lowest Total: VCU/St. Mary’s – 127 ½

  
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