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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Picks: West Region

[lead align=”default”]How will the West be won in the 2017 NCAA Tournament? If our bracket picks are correct, by a team actually from the West.[/lead]

The West Region features two titans of college basketball on the left side of the Mississippi. At the head of the class are the Gonzaga Bulldogs, champions of the WCC, while on the bottom are the Arizona Wildcats, Pac-12 victors. The thought is that the two, who contended closely for a one seed, are on a collision course.

Or, if you see our picks, you might think they’re not. One question you must ask yourself is if you trust Gonzaga. You cannot deny that they are a very good, talented basketball team. They’ve also got a lot of demons to slay, and that monkey on their back reminds them that they’ve had other excellent teams wash out early. Either you think they can hang with the big boys all the way to the Final Four, or you don’t. Shortly, you’ll learn our answer to that question.

Here’s how we see the West Region shaking out this season.

2017 NCAA Tournament Picks: West Region

2017 NCAA Tournament Picks West

2017 West Region Second Round Games

[alert heading=”12 Princeton vs. 5 Notre Dame (Thursday 12:15pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]The Ivy League champs take on Notre Dame, a team that streaked all the way to the ACC final.[/alert]

[alert heading=”16 South Dakota State vs. 1 Gonzaga (Thursday 2pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]God help the Zags if they lose this game.[/alert]

[alert heading=”13 Bucknell vs. 4 West Virginia (Thursday 2:45pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Beware the Bison, champions of the Patriot League? They do have a history of sticking it to the Big 12 in the Big Dance.[/alert]

[alert heading=”9 Vanderbilt vs. 8 Northwestern (Thursday 4:30pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Will the Wildcats get a win in their first NCAA Tournament game? Vandy may have 15 losses but they know the drill against good teams.[/alert]

[alert heading=”11 Xavier vs. 6 Maryland (Thursday 6:50pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Bill Murray will be cheering on his Musketeers against the Terps, who have lost four of their last six.[/alert]

[alert heading=”10 VCU vs. 7 Saint Mary’s (Thursday 7:20pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]VCU stirs things up when they get to March Madness, but the Gaels have been consistently good all year.[/alert]

[alert heading=”14 Florida Gulf Coast vs. 3 Florida State (Thursday 9:20pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]Expect a big crowd for both teams in Orlando for this one; beware the rise of Dunk City.[/alert]

[alert heading=”15 North Dakota vs. 2 Arizona (Thursday 9:50pm ET)” type=”alert-info” block=”false” close=”false”]North Dakota is making their first Division I Tournament experience. If it goes well, a lot of brackets, including ours, will blow to high heaven.[/alert]

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