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And the survey says ...

Originally Published: March 19, 2008
By ESPN.com

Brackets, busters, seeds, favorites, regions, 12-over-5, etc. Having a hard time keeping it all straight? Still trying to find some secrets to help you fill out that office pool?

Well, on the eve of the tourney, look no farther. Our expert panel -- Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb, Reggie Rankin and Dick Vitale -- gives you a little insight into its thoughts and opinions on the players and teams from the NCAA tournament.

Who is the best scorer?
Bilas: Stephen Curry, Davidson Stephen Curry
It is hard to find a better scorer than Stephen Curry.
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Davis: Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Fraschilla: D.J. Augustin, Texas
Gottlieb: Darren Collison, UCLA
Rankin: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
Vitale: Michael Beasley, Kansas State

Who is the best go-to shooter?
Shan Foster
Vandy senior Shan Foster has been clutch for the Dores.
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Bilas: Kyle McAlarney, Notre Dame
Davis: Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Fraschilla: Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Gottlieb: Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Rankin: Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
Vitale: Stephen Curry, Davidson

Who is the best dunker?
Bilas: Russell Westbrook, UCLA Derrick Brown
Xavier's Derrick Brown is a high-flying athlete.
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Davis: Derrick Brown, Xavier
Fraschilla: Derrick Brown, Xavier
Gottlieb: Chase Budinger, Arizona
Rankin: Derrick Brown, Xavier
Vitale: Stanley Robinson, UConn

Who is the best defender?
Jerel McNeal
Marquette's Jerel McNeal is a lock-down, versatile defender.
(Photo by Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire)
Bilas: Jerel McNeal, Marquette
Davis: Russell Westbrook, UCLA
Fraschilla: Kyle Weaver, Washington State
Gottlieb: Hasheem Thabeet, UConn
Rankin: Jerel McNeal, Marquette
Vitale: Mario Chalmers, Kansas

Who is the best glue guy, the one who keeps the team together?
Bilas: Haminn Quaintance, Kent State Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing Jr.'s numbers won't wow you, but his game will.
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Davis: Patrick Ewing Jr., Georgetown
Fraschilla: Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Gottlieb: Max Paulhus Gosselin, Davidson
Rankin: Danny Green, North Carolina
Vitale: Cliff Hammonds, Clemson

Who is the best player who is not a household name?
Courtney Lee
You should get to know Western Kentucky's Courtney Lee.
(Photo by AP Photo/John David Mercer)
Bilas: Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky
Davis: Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky
Fraschilla: Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky
Gottlieb: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton
Rankin: Josh Young, Drake
Vitale: Stephen Curry, Davidson

Which first-round matchup are you looking forward to?
Bilas: West Virginia vs. Arizona Mayo/Beasley
Which freshman phenom will lead his team to victory?
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Davis: Kansas State vs. USC
Fraschilla: Davidson vs. Gonzaga
Gottlieb: South Alabama vs. Butler
Rankin: Kansas State vs. USC
Vitale: Kansas State vs. USC

What is the most likely first-round upset?
Saint Joe's
Will the Hawks knock off the Sooners?
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Bilas: 11-Saint Joe's over 6-Oklahoma
Davis: 10-Saint Mary's over 7-Miami (Fla.)
Fraschilla: 12-Western Kentucky over 5-Drake
Gottlieb: 11-Saint Joe's over 6-Oklahoma
Rankin: 12-Villanova over 5-Clemson
Vitale: 12-Western Kentucky over 5-Drake

Which mid-major is most likely to pull a George Mason '06?
Bilas: Drake Bulldogs Drake
Could Drake go to the 2008 Final Four?
(Photo by AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Davis: Drake Bulldogs
Fraschilla: Kent State Golden Flashes
Gottlieb: Drake Bulldogs
Rankin: Drake Bulldogs
Vitale: None

What double-digit seed will make the Sweet 16?
Arizona
Can Kevin O'Neill lead Arizona to the second weekend?
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Bilas: No. 10 Arizona Wildcats
Davis: No. 11 Saint Joe's Hawks
Fraschilla: No. 10 Davidson Wildcats
Gottlieb: No. 11 Saint Joe's Hawks
Rankin: No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats
Vitale: None

Who is in your Final Four?
Bilas: North Carolina (East), UCLA (West), Memphis (South), Kansas (Midwest) North Carolina
Our experts say UNC should be headed to the Final Four.
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Davis: North Carolina (East), UCLA (West), Texas (South), Kansas (Midwest)
Fraschilla: Tennessee (East), UCLA (West), Texas (South), Kansas (Midwest)
Gottlieb: North Carolina (East), UCLA (West), Texas (South), Kansas (Midwest)
Rankin: North Carolina (East), UCLA (West), Texas (South), Kansas (Midwest)
Vitale: North Carolina (East), UCLA (West), Texas (South), Georgetown (Midwest)

Who are your sleeper Final Four picks?
UConn
Can Jim Calhoun point the Huskies to a Final Four berth?
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Bilas: Notre Dame (East), Xavier (West), Michigan State (South), Wisconsin (Midwest)
Davis: Louisville (East), UConn (West), Michigan State (South), USC (Midwest)
Fraschilla: Notre Dame (East), Xavier (West), Marquette (South), USC (Midwest)
Gottlieb: Washington State (East), Xavier (West), Pitt (South), Clemson (Midwest)
Rankin: Washington State (East), UConn (West), Pitt (South), Wisconsin (Midwest)
Vitale: I only consider teams seeded fifth or lower as sleepers, and I don't think any will make the Final Four.

Which No. 1 seed will lose first?
Bilas: Memphis Tigers Memphis
Memphis is the most susceptible No. 1 seed.
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Davis: Memphis Tigers
Fraschilla: Memphis Tigers
Gottlieb: Memphis Tigers
Rankin: Memphis Tigers
Vitale: Kansas/Memphis in Elite 8

Which is the best team?
UCLA
Does being the best team mean winning it all?
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Bilas: UCLA Bruins
Davis: Kansas Jayhawks
Fraschilla: Kansas Jayhawks
Gottlieb: Kansas Jayhawks
Rankin: Kansas Jayhawks
Vitale: North Carolina Tar Heels

Who will win it all?
Bilas: Kansas Jayhawks Kansas
Will Kansas be celebrating in San Antonio too?
(Photo by AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Davis: Kansas Jayhawks
Fraschilla: Kansas Jayhawks
Gottlieb: Kansas Jayhawks
Rankin: UCLA Bruins
Vitale: North Carolina Tar Heels