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Minneapolis Region Overview View Bracket
Yahoo Sports breaks down each region of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

View Region: Atlanta | Oakland | Washington, D.C. | Minneapolis
 NCAA Tournament Region Overview: Minneapolis
Seed Team (Record entering first round; Conference) Highlight Video
 1. Villanova Villanova Wildcats (25-4; Big East) Highlights
Overview: The 1985 champions were awarded a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history and get to play close to home at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Guard Allan Ray, the team's second-leading scorer who suffered an eye injury in the Big East semifinals, will be examined again Monday and is expected to be cleared to return to action. All four of Villanova's losses this season came against teams that made the NCAA Tournament.
Y! Sports Prediction: Region Champion and National Champion
 2. Ohio St. Ohio St. Buckeyes (25-5; Big Ten) Highlights
Overview: The Buckeyes have been playing short-handed with only seven players, but one of those is center Terence Dials, the Big Ten player of the year. Dials averaged 15.3 points. Ohio State won 11 of its last 13 games; two of its last three losses were to Iowa.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 3. Florida Florida Gators (27-6; SEC) Highlights
Overview: The Gators, winners of their second consecutive SEC tournament title, rely on balance with five players scoring in double figures for the season. Florida won its first 17 games of the season and finished with five victories in a row.
Y! Sports Prediction: Elite Eight
 4. Boston Coll. Boston College Eagles (26-7; ACC) Highlights
Overview: The Eagles came within three points of winning the conference tournament in their first season in the ACC and won 15 of their last 18 games. BC is led by forward Craig Smith, one of two players in school history to finish with at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 5. Nevada Nevada Wolf Pack (27-5; Western Athletic) Highlights
Overview: The Wolf Pack has won 14 games in a row and heads to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. Two-time WAC player of the year Nick Fazekas averaged more than 21 points a game. Nevada likes to control tempo and was 14-1 in games it held the opposition under 61 points.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 6. Oklahoma Oklahoma Sooners (20-8; Big 12) Highlights
Overview: The Sooners were upset in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament by Nebraska, which didn't make the NCAA Tournament. Its only nonconference losses were against Villanova and West Virginia, which both made the NCAAs. Four players average in double figures, led by Taj Gray at 14.2 points per game.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 7. Georgetown Georgetown Hoyas (21-9; Big East) Highlights
Overview: Hoyas blew a 15-point lead in the Big East semifinals and lost to Syracuse. Beat Duke in January, then didn't beat another ranked team. Only three players average double figures in scoring, led by forwards Jeff Green (11.9) and Brandon Bowman (11.5).
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 8. Arizona Arizona Wildcats (19-12; Pac-10) Highlights
Overview: Wildcats are one win from their 19th consecutive 20-victory season. Forward Hassan Adams, who led Arizona in scoring and steals, is expected to rejoin the team after being suspended from the Pac-10 tournament after being cited for a DUI.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 9. Wisconsin Wisconsin Badgers (19-11; Big Ten) Highlights
Overview: The Badgers lost their final three games, but beat the Big Ten tournament (Iowa) and regular-season (Ohio State) champions during conference play and also notched key victories against tournament teams Marquette, UNC Wilmington and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Wisconsin is led by Alando Tucker (18.9 points per game).
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 10. N. Iowa Northern Iowa Panthers (23-9; Missouri Valley) Highlights
Overview: The Panthers lost four of their final five games but own victories over tournament teams Iowa, LSU, Bucknell and Southern Illinois. Ben Jacobson, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, leads the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 11. Wis. Milwaukee Wis. Milwaukee Panthers (21-8; Horizon League) Highlights
Overview: Last season's Sweet Sixteen surprise is back, led by forward Joah Tucker, one of four players averaging in double figures at 16.4 points per game. The Panthers won the Horizoa League season and tournament titles, but didn't defeat a team in the top 50 in the RPI.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 12. Montana Montana Grizzlies (23-6; Big Sky)
Overview: Second-year coach Larry Krystkowiak hasn't missed the NCAA Tournament yet. The Grizzlies, who won the Big Sky tournament by beating host Northern Arizona, are led by sophomore forward Andrew Strait (17.6 ppg). Montana is 1-1 against the field, beating Oral Roberts and losing to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 13. Pacific Pacific Tigers (24-7; Big West) Highlights
Overview: The Tigers will be making their third consecutive appearance after winning the Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles. Conference player of the year Christian Maraker averages 17.2 ppg for a team that shoots almost 50% from the field. Pacific has won six in a row and 13 of 14.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 14. South Alabama South Alabama Jaguars (24-6; Sun Belt)
Overview: The Jaguars finished fast--eight consecutive victories—and furious, beating Western Kentucky by 25 points in the Sun Belt conference finals. Balance and depth are the keys for South Alabama, which has only two players (Mario Joiner and Richard Law) averaging in double figures.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 15. Davidson Davidson Wildcats (20-10; Southern) Highlights
Overview: Senior-laden team is led by Brendan Winters, son of former NBA player and coach Brian Winters, who scored 33 points in Southern Conference tournament championship game. Big victories against Massachusetts, St. Joseph’s and Missouri but lost to both teams it faced in the field—Syracuse and North Carolina.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 16. Monmouth Monmouth Hawks (19-14; Northeast)
Overview: No 16th-seeded team has ever won a first-round game in the tournament, and the winner of the Northeast tourney (and Tuesday's opener against Hampton) don’t figure to break that trend against Villanova. Monmouth has faced two other tourney teams, losing to Oral Roberts and beating Southern Illinois.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round

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Fan Predictions - Minneapolis
Percentage of Yahoo Sports Tournament Pick'em players who are picking each team to advance out of this region.
Team (Seed) %
1 Villanova (1) 35.7
2 Boston College (4) 30.8
3 Ohio State (2) 17.2
4 Florida (3) 9.0
5 Georgetown (7) 2.1
Other team 5.2
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