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A closer look at the Southwest region’s remaining field

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With the NCAA tournament's second weekend set to begin on Thursday, The Dagger takes a look at the remaining fields in each of the four regions.

This is what you'd call the upset bracket. Kansas was supposed to get to San Antonio, but the other three teams defeated some major favorites to get to the great state of Texas. That's what makes this regional so intriguing. Yes, by the numbers, Kansas should win it all. But Kansas, despite its record, has had some mental lapses in games, which have allowed teams to creep dangerously close to upsets. Since Florida State, VCU and Richmond aren't going to be intimidated by the Jayhawks' seeding, this region is really anyone's game.

How they got there

No. 1 Kansas: Def. No. 16 Boston University and No. 9 Illinois

No. 10 Florida State: Def No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 2 Notre Dame

No. 11 VCU: Def. No. 11 USC, No. 6 Georgetown, No. 3 Purdue

No. 12 Richmond: Def. No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Morehead State

What you should like about the favorite: There's a lot to like about Kansas. While it hasn't had the quick starts we've seen from fellow No. 1 seeds Ohio State and Duke, it has ultimately blown out its opponents for comfortable wins. The Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, could be the deciding factor in this weekend's games. During the first two games of the tournament, Marcus has 33 points and 20 rebounds while Markieff has 39 points and 20 rebounds. And don't forget the complementary shooters Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar, who can make a team pay if it tries to double down low.
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Underdog to watch -- VCU: There isn't a better story in the tournament right now than VCU simply because no one thought it belonged, but it has proved that it did and then some. The Rams are fun to watch and are clearly playing with a chip on their shoulders. While VCU might not be the most talented team in the field, it might be the most dangerous because of upsets it's already pulled have given the Rams enough confidence to take on anyone.

Best game -- Florida State vs. VCU: This game is going to be a great offense vs. defense matchup. Florida State has held both of its opponents in the 50s while VCU has been shooting lights out averaging 84 points in its past two games, including 94 points against a Purdue defense that was only allowing 61.9 points per game. Florida State is hit and miss with its offense, especially with leading scorer Chris Singleton limited with injury. Florida State can win this game if it keeps VCU's shooters quiet, but it can't get into a track meet with the Rams.

Best lesser-known player to watch -- Kevin Anderson, Richmond: Anderson is averaging 16 points in his two tournament games, and in the Spiders' last game against Morehead State he shot 50 percent from the field. He can also grab rebounds and get the team up the floor quickly. Anderson is the catalyst for the Spiders; as he goes so does the rest of the team.

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