OU gains ground, but UNC still the favorite

Updated: March 22, 2006, 5:55 PM ET
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OK, so North Carolina remains the consensus favorite. But the Oklahoma bandwagon picked up a new member. Though ESPN.com columnist Mechelle Voepel always had the Sooners in her Final Four in ESPN.com's Selection Monday expert picks, ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman's updated Final Four prediction includes two new teams -- Baylor and Oklahoma -- after watching OU live in Denver and seeing Ohio State get upset.

None of the experts tabbed OU to win it all (three picks went to UNC, one to Duke), but the Courtney Paris show was tabbed by two members of our panel to reach the national championship.

How will it play out? April is quickly approaching. In the meantime, Voepel, Lieberman, ESPN's Beth Mowins and upset-minded Graham Hays (Georgia! Stanford!) of ESPN.com, share their picks:

BRACKET BREAKDOWN

VOEPEL

LIEBERMAN

MOWINS

HAYS
UNC vs. Purdue UNC UNC UNC UNC
Rutgers vs. Tenn. Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
BC vs. Utah Utah BC BC Utah
Baylor vs. Md. Baylor Baylor Maryland Maryland
Duke vs. Michigan St. Duke Duke Duke Duke
Georgia vs. UConn UConn UConn UConn Georgia
LSU vs. DePaul LSU LSU LSU LSU
Stanford vs. OU OU OU OU Stanford
Final Four UNC
Baylor
UConn
Oklahoma
UNC
Baylor
Duke
Oklahoma
UNC
Maryland
Duke
LSU
UNC
Maryland
Duke
Stanford
Championship UNC
OU
UNC
OU
UNC
LSU
UNC
Duke
Champion UNC UNC UNC Duke

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