Sweet 16

College Basketball 2006

National Men

November 03, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Sun reporter Paul McMullen's prediction for the men's Sweet 16, by regional sites.

SAN ANTONIO

1. Kansas

The Jayhawks may lead the nation in NBA prospects.

2. LSU

The Final Four team lost Tyrus Thomas, but regained point guard Tack Minor.

3. Arizona

It looks like 1997, as the Wildcats are loaded on the perimeter.

4. Memphis

Coach John Calipari lost plenty; Baltimore's Joey Dorsey is surrounded by talent.

SAN JOSE

1. UCLA

The Bruins got to an NCAA final without injured Josh Shipp, maybe their best player.

2. Ohio State

Can Greg Oden make the Buckeyes No. 1 before he goes No. 1 in the NBA draft?

3. Alabama

Point guard Ronald Steele has plenty of shooters to distribute to.

4. Duke

Who else could lose J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, and still contend?

EAST RUTHERFORD

1. Florida

Will the veteran Gators become the first repeat champion since Duke in 1991 and '92?

2. Georgetown

Roy Hibbert and Pat Ewing Jr. make a potent combination in the paint.

3. Boston College

Jared Dudley is one of the nation's most complete players.

4. Texas A&M

Billy Gillispie has turned around a program that didn't win a Big 12 game in 2003-04.

ST. LOUIS

1. North Carolina

The Tar Heels won it all at the Edward Jones Dome in 2005.

2. Pittsburgh

Is Aaron Gray mobile enough to move the Panthers to their first Final Four?

3. Wisconsin

Explosive Alando Tucker is a national Player of the Year candidate.

4. Washington

The Huskies lose Brandon Roy, but gain 6-foot-11 Spencer Hawes.

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