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NCAA Basketball Tournament Predictions 2012: Your West Region Pick Should Be...

The start of the NCAA Tournament is just a few days away, and if you're having trouble filling out your March Madness bracket, well, no worries here my friend as SB Nation New York has come to the rescue. Below is West region breakdown pick-by-pick all the way until one reaches the Final Four in New Orleans, LA.

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Round of 64

(1) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (16) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Tidbit: In the Round of 64, I played the percentages with the No. 1 and No. 2 match ups.
Prediction: Kentucky

(8) Iowa St. Cyclones vs. (9) Connecticut Huskies
Tidbit: I have a feeling that UConn will finally focus when its win or go-home time.
Prediction: UConn

(5) Wichita St. Shockers vs. (12) Va. Commonwealth Rams
Tidbit: I really like VCU (just continue reading).
Prediction: VCU

(4) Indiana Hoosiers vs. (13) New Mexico St. Aggies
Tidbit: I have to pick Indiana to win at least one game.
Prediction: Indiana

(6) UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. (11) Colorado Buffaloes
Tidbit: Colorado has the momentum, but UNLV is just too good.
Prediction: UNLV

(3) Baylor Bears vs. (14) South Dakota St. Jackrabbits
Tidbit: I like rooting for the Jackrabbits, but this is going to be a blowout.
Prediction: Baylor

(7) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. (10) Xavier Musketeers
Tidbit: The Irish are gritty and will out muscle the Musketeers.
Prediction: Notre Dame

(2) Duke Blue Devils vs. (15) Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Tidbit: As I mentioned earlier, in the Round of 64 I play the percentages.
Prediction: Duke

Round of 32

(1) Kentucky vs. (9) UConn
Tidbit: You want upsets?! I will give you upsets!!
Prediction: UConn

(12) VCU vs. (4) Indiana
Tidbit: The Rams will clamp down on the Hoosiers.
Prediction: VCU

(6) UNLV vs. (3) Baylor
Tidbit: Baylor can run with the Rebels
Prediction: Baylor

(7) Notre Dame vs. (2) Duke
Tidbit: Can't see the Irish keeping pace with the more talented and better shooting Blue Devils.
Prediction: Duke

Sweet 16

(9) UConn vs. (12) VCU
Tidbit: VCU will force UConn to make bad late-game decisions.
Prediction: VCU

(3) Baylor vs. (2) Duke
Tidbit: Duke is just too streaky for me to believe they can beat a fast-paced team like Baylor
Prediction: Baylor

Elite 8

(12) VCU vs. (3) Baylor
Tidbit: Who ever would have thought that the Baylor Bears would make it to a Final Four?
Prediction: Baylor

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