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Oakland 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: Oakland
Seed Team (Record entering first round; Conference) Highlight Video
 1. Memphis Memphis Tigers (30-3; Conference USA) Highlights
Overview: The Tigers, who have won 19 of their last 20, are a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. Freshman forward Shawne Williams averaged 18 points to earn MVP honors in Memphis' conference tourney title run. Leading scorer Rodney Carney, a senior forward, was the C-USA Player of the Year.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 2. UCLA UCLA Bruins (27-6; Pac-10) Highlights
Overview: The 11-time national champions won the Pac-10 regular-season and conference tournament titles. A pair of sophomore guards – All-Pac-10 first-teamers Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo – key Ben Howland's offense, but the defense (conference-best 59.3 points per game) has been the key to UCLA's seven-game win streak.
Y! Sports Prediction: Region Champion and Final Four
 3. Gonzaga Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-3; West Coast) Highlights
Overview: The Bulldogs are led by NCAA leading scorer Adam Morrison (28.4 ppg) and senior forward J.P. Batista (19.3). Gonzaga played five top-25 teams in the preseason, beating Michigan State and suffering close losses to Connecticut and Washington, but did not face a ranked opponent in West Coast Conference play.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 4. Kansas Kansas Jayhawks (25-7; Big 12) Highlights
Overview: The talented but young Jayhawks lost four of their first seven games but learned from those struggles to become co-Big 12 champs with Texas, whom KU defeated for the conference's tourney title. Bill Self's top seven scorers are either freshmen or sophomores; freshman guard Brandon Rush averages a team-best 13.6 points.
Y! Sports Prediction: Elite Eight
 5. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Panthers (24-7; Big East) Highlights
Overview: The Panthers started 15-0 but then went 6-6 in their next 12 games. They still reached their fifth Big East tourney final in six years but fell to Syracuse. Center Aaron Gray, a 7-foot junior, was the only Big East player to average a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds), earning all-conference first-team honors.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 6. Indiana Indiana Hoosiers (18-11; Big Ten) Highlights
Overview: Since coach Mike Davis announced he would resign at season's end, the Hoosiers have turned around their season by winning five of six. Seniors Marshall Strickland and Marco Killingsworth averaged 15.7 and 15.2 points, respectively, to lead Indiana's NCAA tourney bid, Strickland shooting 50 percent on three-pointers (18 for 36).
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 7. Marquette Marquette Golden Eagles (20-10; Big East) Highlights
Overview: A newcomer to the Big East, the Golden Eagles were the only former Conference USA member to reach the NCAA tournament. Marquette is led by senior forward Steve Novak, a unanimous first-team all-conference selection who averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 8. Arkansas Arkansas Razorbacks (22-9; SEC) Highlights
Overview: To secure their at-large bid, the Razorbacks won six consecutive games – including three straight over tournament-bound Florida, Alabama and Tennessee – before falling to the Gators in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. Junior guard Ronnie Brewer, a unanimous All-SEC first-team pick, led Arkansas in scoring at 18.5 points per game.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 9. Bucknell Bucknell Bison (26-4; Patriot League) Highlights
Overview: Buoyed by last year's upset of Kansas for their first NCAA tourney victory ever, the Bison beat then-No. 19 Syracuse in November and then went undefeated to dominate the Patriot League. Bucknell's only hiccup in the last two months: a non-conference loss at Northern Iowa, which is also dancing as an at-large bid.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 10. Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide (17-12; SEC) Highlights
Overview: Don't let the Crimson Tide's overall record fool you. They have beaten five tourney-bound teams from the SEC: Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee and Florida despite losing leading scorer Chuck Davis (15.3 points per game) to a knee injury. Sophomore guard Ronald Steele (13.8) and junior forward Jermareo Davidson (14.1) both earned first-team all-conference honors.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 11. San Diego St. San Diego State Aztecs (24-8; Mountain West) Highlights
Overview: Guided by former Michigan coach Steve Fisher, the Aztecs won a school-record 24 games in Division I play to become kings of the Mountain West. Junior guard Brandon Heath was voted the conference's Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring (19.5 points) and assists (54).
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 12. Kent St. Kent State Golden Flashes (25-8; Mid-American) Highlights
Overview: The Mid-American champions return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002, when a senior-laden squad including Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates reached the Elite Eight. Senior forward Kevin Warzynski, who started as a freshman on the '02 team, earned conference tourney MVP honors.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 13. Bradley Bradley Braves (20-10; Missouri Valley) Highlights
Overview: The Braves won 11 of 13 before losing to Southern Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final. Patrick O'Bryant, a 7-foot sophomore center, was named to the All-MVC second team along with senior forward Marcellus Sommerville. O'Bryant (3.1 blocks per game) was also voted the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 14. Xavier Xavier Musketeers (21-10; Atlantic 10)
Overview: In one week, the Musketeers went from a bubble team to an automatic bid. All they had to do is win four games in four days – matching their improbable run in 2004 – to become the first team ever in NCAA history to achieve the feat twice.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 15. Belmont Belmont Bruins (20-10; Atlantic Sun) Highlights
Overview: The Bruins are making their first NCAA tournament appearance ever. Thanks to a career-high 32 points by sophomore guard Justin Hare, the private university from Nashville, Tenn., outlasted Lipscomb in overtime to win the Atlantic Sun Conference tourney and the school's first championship.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 16. Oral Roberts Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (21-11; Mid-Continent) Highlights
Overview: The school from Tulsa, Okla., is in the tournament for the first time in 22 years. A pair of juniors power the Golden Eagles' offense: forward Caleb Green (20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game) and guard Ken Tutt (14.3 points, 42-percent on three-pointers).
Y! Sports Prediction: First round

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Fan Predictions - Oakland
Percentage of Yahoo Sports Tournament Pick'em players who are picking each team to advance out of this region.
Team (Seed) %
1 Gonzaga (3) 29.4
2 UCLA (2) 23.4
3 Memphis (1) 19.4
4 Kansas (4) 15.6
5 Pittsburgh (5) 7.7
Other teams 4.5
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