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Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Updated: March 27, 12:26 PM ET
What's hot, what's not for Sweet 16

By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

Whether your bracket has gone bust or you are office-pool royalty today, it's key to have a handle on the Sweet 16's conventional wisdom.

Check out the list below, and use it to impress your co-workers, friends and non-Tourney-night dates:

WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT FOR SWEET 16
Category Hot Not Hot
Fan
Still Ashley Judd

John Stockton
Cinderella
Butler

Michigan State
Brawlers Mascots Radio analysts
Most thrilling game Arizona-Gonzaga Cal-N.C. State
Momentum
Duke

Texas
NBA stock
C. Michigan's Chris Kaman

Wake Forest's Josh Howard
Sleeper UConn Michigan State
Cheerleaders
Oklahoma
(Still not that mean)
"Home" advantage Albany (Syracuse) Albany (Oklahoma)
Underrated Maryland as a 6 Kansas as a 2
Awesome match-up Duke-Kansas Kentucky-Wisconsin
MOP favorite
Gerald Fitch (Kentucky)

Jason Gardner (Arizona)
Forget our academics
Notre Dame

Stanford
"He's Due" coach
Ben Howland (Pitt)

Gary Williams (Maryland)
Hoops hotbed Big East Pac-10 (except 'Zona)
Mascot Non-animals Animals
Perennial overachiever
Wisconsin

Wake Forest
Carry-the-team player Marquis Daniels (Auburn) Anyone on Kentucky
Sweet 16 upset special UConn over Texas Auburn over Syracuse
No. 1 lock for Final Four Kentucky Arizona
Phrase at the office "Well, I'm out!" "I got the East totally right!"
Region site Anaheim (West) Minneapolis (Midwest)
"State" Michigan No other "States" left
Warm-up tops Velour Long-sleeve
Bench superstition Locking arms Holding hands
Jersey to be seen in Butler Xavier
Conventional wisdom Rebounding wins Defense wins
Hairstyle Cut short Dyed blonde
Outrage Where Syracuse, Texas get to play Re-seeding the Final Four (blah)
Least likely to be underexposed Butler as Cinderella Wisconsin
Spotlight-stealer
Tim Floyd to Georgia?

Jim Harrick anywhere
Juicy potential regional final matchup Arizona-Duke Michigan State-UConn

With our original Final Four picks still around, Page 2 takes a pre-Sweet 16 crack at picking this year's bracket big winners:

PAGE 2'S BRACKET PICKS
Category We Like We Don't Like
East fave
Syracuse

Oklahoma
West fave Duke Arizona
Midwest fave Kentucky Pitt
South fave Maryland Texas
National champ pick Kentucky Any of the other No. 1 seeds

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.