ESPN.com experts break down the bracket

Updated: March 14, 2006, 9:35 AM ET
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Now that we know the field of 64, what do the experts think about the bracket? ESPN's Nancy Lieberman and Beth Mowins, as well as ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel, Charlie Creme and Graham Hays, offer some quick analysis:

BRACKET BREAKDOWN

VOEPEL

LIEBERMAN

MOWINS

CREME

HAYS
Hardest region Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland Cleveland
Easiest region Albuquerque Albuquerque San Antonio San Antonio Albuquerque
Best first-round game 6 FSU
vs.
11 La. Tech
8 Vanderbilt
vs.
9 Louisville
6 Temple
vs.
11 Hartford
6 Texas A&M
vs.
11 TCU
6 Florida
vs.
11 New Mexico
Best potential 2nd-round matchup 6 Florida
vs.
3 Baylor
6 Temple
vs.
3 Georgia
6 Texas A&M
vs.
3 Rutgers
5 UCLA
vs.
4 Purdue
6 Temple
vs.
3 Georgia
Best potential regional final 1 LSU
vs.
2 Oklahoma
1 LSU
vs.
2 Oklahoma
1 LSU
vs.
2 Oklahoma
1 Ohio St.
vs.
2 Maryland
1 UNC
vs.
2 Tennessee
Team better than its seed 10 ODU 6 Temple 2 Tennessee 11 New Mexico 3 Rutgers
Team worse than its seed 8 Minnesota 4 Arizona St. 4 Arizona St. 9 South Florida 4 Purdue
Biggest snub Indiana St.
Kansas St.
Indiana State Villanova W. Kentucky Indiana State
Biggest surprise California Ohio State Ohio State California Iowa
Possible Cinderella 12 BGSU
over
5 UCLA
12 BGSU
over
5 UCLA
12 BGSU
over
5 UCLA
11 La. Tech
over
6 FSU
12 Chatt.
over
5 Kentucky
Final Four UNC
Baylor
UConn
Oklahoma
UNC
Ohio State
Duke
LSU
UNC
Maryland
Duke
LSU
UNC
Maryland
UConn
LSU
UNC
Maryland
Duke
Stanford
Who wins UNC over Oklahoma UNC over LSU UNC over LSU UNC over
LSU
Duke over UNC