This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
SOUTH REGION PREVIEW
The South region appears to be extremely top-heavy, with a variety of big-name contenders but very few potential party crashers. The Kansas Jayhawks get the top slot after yet another Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks are well balanced, but not necessarily the most talented squad in the region. Villanova gets another shot at redemption as a high seed, but the Wildcats have a history of fading come tourney time. Meanwhile, teams like Miami, Cal and Maryland are stocked with NBA talent, even if a tad inconsistent. For those looking for a fit for the glass slipper, you'll likely have to look elsewhere for bracket-busting double-digit seeds. However, the ever-dangerous Connecticut Huskies could make some noise as a No. 9 seed.
Let's take a more in-depth look at the players, coaches and matchups that could impact the outcome of the South region.
No. 1 Kansas - Once again, the Jayhawks rule the realm, or at least the Big 12. The regular season and tournament champs boast an experienced squad led by senior forward Perry Ellis and junior point guard Frank Mason. Junior Wayne Selden adds some athletic flair to the mix, including several highlight reel dunks. However, the emergence of sophomore Devonte' Graham is what took the Jayhawks to new heights. Graham went toe-to-toe with National Player of the Year frontrunner Buddy Hield of Oklahoma on two occasions, and came out victorious both times. In addition, he scored