The West region has a lot intrigue, from great coaching to great teams with history. Duke is the top seed, but it was not given any favors by being shipped out west, and some can argue Duke is not deserving of a top seed because of its lack of quality wins. If the top seeds advance to the regional final in Anaheim, Calif., Duke would be playing San Diego State, which is only a short two-hour drive up the coast, compared to the cross-country jaunt that Duke would make. Before we get that far ahead, let’s take a look at the teams in the West region and what they offer.
Five players to watch
• Kemba Walker, UConn
Kemba Walker is a National Player of the Year candidate, and his run with UConn during which the Huskies won five games in five days included a game-winner over top-seeded Pitt in the quarterfinals. Walker can take over a game and take the big shot, each of which is needed to make a deep NCAA tournament run. Walker also is the nation’s fourth leading scorer at 23.5 points per game….