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Stanley Johnson #5, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #23 and Brandon

Stanley Johnson #5, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #23 and Brandon Ashley #21 of the Arizona Wildcats start to celebrate after defeating the UCLA Bruins 70-64 in a semifinal game of the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2015 in Las Vegas. Credit: Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Best team: Arizona

Arizona's three losses were to teams that did not make the field. That's why the Wildcats are the No. 2 seed instead of the No. 1, and, perhaps, why some folks will discredit them as a Final Four contender. But look at whom they've beaten (Gonzaga is their best victory) and how they've won (blowouts almost every night), and you see a team that is tough, versatile and a threat to anyone in the NCAA Tournament -- yes, even Kentucky. Arizona is one of three teams -- Kentucky and Villanova are the others -- that have top 15 offenses and defenses, according to advanced stats site


Best big man: Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin)

"Versatile big" is a term thrown around too casually. Almost every time a player 6-10 or taller can shoot from the outside, he's dubbed as a "versatile big" -- even if he couldn't score on Muggsy Bogues in the post. Kaminsky's versatility is legitimate. The 7-footer has an array of moves in the post. He can beat defenders off the dribble. He averaged 2.7 assists per game. And, yes, he stretches the floor and knocks down three-pointers at a 39.5-percent clip.


Best guard/playmaker: D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State)

Russell has skyrocketed up 2015 NBA draft boards this season, all the way to No. 2 on's latest mock. There's not much the 6-5 freshman guard doesn't do. He averages 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shoots 45.8 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from deep and 76.2 percent from the foul line. The numbers are great, but they don't show his stepback jumpers or his one-handed bounce passes through traffic. Do yourself a favor and watch Ohio State.


Best go-to guy: Joseph Young (Oregon)

Kaminsky and Russell have made their share of clutch plays down the stretches of games, but recency bias gives this nod to Young, a 6-2 senior guard who lifted Oregon into the Pac-12 title game with a 30-foot buzzer-beater against Utah. Young is averaging 20.2 points per game.


Best coaching matchup: Mike Anderson (Arkansas) vs. Mike Young (Wofford)

This 5 vs. 12 bout pits fast-paced Arkansas against deliberate Wofford. Anderson and Young have always played those contrasting styles. Which one leads to a win? It's an intriguing matchup.


Best player you've never heard of: R.J. Hunter (Georgia State)

Whether it happens this year or next, Hunter should get drafted by an NBA team. He's a 6-6 scorer who averaged 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Though he shot just 30.8 percent from deep this year, he knocked down three treys a game at a 39.5-percent clip last year.


Best bet to spring an upset: Ohio State

VCU has not been as terrifying of a matchup since Briante Weber tore his ACL on Jan. 31. That and Ohio State's guard play with D'Angelo Russell and Shannon Scott make the Buckeyes a solid pick here.


Best matchup: BYU vs. Mississippi

It might be unconventional to look most forward to a play-in game, but this one could be awesome. Neither team has a particularly good defense, and if you thought Ole Miss' average possession length of 16.9 seconds was short, take a look at BYU's: 14.6. Both teams put points on the board and feature top 25 offenses, according to


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