March Madness 2019 Bracket: South Region Team-by-Team Guide

March 18, 2019 - 1:38 pm
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A dominant No. 1 seed Virginia team primed for a Final Four run. That was true last year, too, but then the unthinkable happened: a first-round loss to No. 16 seed UMBC. It's Gardner-Webb trying to make back-to-back miracles at the Cavaliers' expense.

But, all in all, Virginia has a favorable draw. No. 2 seed Tennessee, No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 Kansas State aren't anyone's idea of world-beaters. Then there's No. 6 seed Villanova, the defending national champs with a ton of tournament pedigree.

1. Virginia
Record: 29-3
Nickname: Cavaliers
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: De'Andre Hunter (15.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG)

16. Gardner-Webb
Record: 23-11 
Nickname: Bulldogs
Conference: Big South
Player to Watch: DJ Laster (13.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG)

8. Ole Miss
Record: 20-12
Nickname: Rebels
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Breein Tyree (18.2 PPG)

9. Oklahoma
Record: 19-13
Nickname: Sooners
Conference: Big 12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Christian James (14.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG)

5. Wisconsin
Record: 23-10
Nickname: Badgers
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Ethan Happ (17.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG)

12. Oregon
Record: 23-12
Nickname: Ducks
Conference: Pac-12
Player to Watch: Payton Pritchard (12.7 PPG, 4.5 APG)

4. Kansas State
Record: 25-8
Nickname: Wildcats
Conference: Big 12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Barry Brown Jr. (14.9 PPG)

13. UC Irvine
Record: 30-5
Nickname: Anteaters
Conference: Big West
Player to Watch: Max Hazzard (12.5 PPG)

6. Villanova
Record: 25-9
Nickname: Wildcats
Conference: Big East
Player to Watch: Phil Booth (18.6 PPG, 3.8 APG)

11. Saint Mary's
Record: 22-11
Nickname: Gaels
Conference: West Coast
Player to Watch: Jordan Ford (21.3 PPG, 42.3% 3-PT)

3. Purdue
Record: 23-9
Nickname: Boilermakers
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Carsen Edwards (23.0 PPG)

14. Old Dominion
Record: 26-8
Nickname: Monarchs
Conference: Conference USA
Player to Watch: B.J. Stith (16.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG)

7. Cincinnati
Record: 28-6
Nickname: Bearcats
Conference: American (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jarron Cumberland (18.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.6 APG)

10. Iowa
Record: 22-11
Nickname: Hawkeyes
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Tyler Cook (14.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

2. Tennessee
Record: 29-5
Nickname: Volunteers
Conference: SEC 
Player to Watch: Grant Williams (19.5 PPG, 7.6 RPG) 

15. Colgate
Record: 24-10
Nickname: Raiders
Conference: Patriot
Player to Watch: Rapolas Ivanauskas (16.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG)