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Washington, D.C. Region Overview View Bracket
Yahoo Sports breaks down each region of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

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 NCAA Tournament Region Overview: Washington, D.C.
Seed Team (Record entering first round; Conference) Highlight Video
 1. Connecticut Connecticut Huskies (27-3; Big East) Highlights
Overview: The Huskies lost to Syracuse to open the Big East tourney, but they went 27-3 despite playing in a league with seven other NCAA tourney teams. Sophomore All-Big East forward Rudy Gay heads an athletic rotation comprised mostly of players who won the NCAA title two years ago, including star point guard Marcus Williams.
Y! Sports Prediction: Elite Eight
 2. Tennessee Tennessee Volunteers (24-7; SEC) Highlights
Overview: The Volunteers got their best-ever seed despite losing four of their last six, including their SEC tourney opener. Coach Bruce Pearl led Wisconsin-Milwaukee to the Sweet 16 last year and is trying to take the Vols there for the second time in 25 years. Chris Lofton, C.J. Wtason and Dane Bradshaw give Pearl great guard play.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 3. N. Carolina North Carolina Tar Heels (22-7; ACC) Highlights
Overview: Last season's national champs lost their top seven scorers ... and still finished second in the ACC and won at Duke. Freshman Tyler Hansbrough blossomed into a unanimous all-ACC selection, and senior David Noel has brought leadership and consistency in Roy Williams' second season at Chapel Hill.
Y! Sports Prediction: Region Champion and Final Four
 4. Illinois Illinois Fighting Illini (25-6; Big Ten) Highlights
Overview: Last season's runners-up lost Luther Head and Deron Williams but raced to a 15-0 start. Dee Brown and James Augustine led the Illini to a tie for second in the Big Ten, but the Illini lost their conference tourney opener to Michigan State. Coach Bruce Weber is 88-15 at Illinois.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 5. Washington Washington Huskies (24-6; Pac-10) Highlights
Overview: The Huskies stormed through the second half of Pac-10 play but squandered a big lead to Oregon in their conference tourney opener. Pac-10 player of the year Brandon Roy leads an up-tempo team looking to make a deeper run than last year's top-seeded squad, which lost to Louisville in the Sweet 16.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 6. Michigan St. Michigan State Spartans (22-11; Big Ten) Highlights
Overview: The Spartans are the third team in the Washington Region that made the Final Four last season (the other, Louisville, is in the NIT). MSU was a No. 5 seed last year, and though Maurice Ager, Shannon Brown and Paul Davis are back, the Spartans have been inconsistent. MSU has reached five regional finals in seven years.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 7. Wichita St. Wichita State Shockers (24-8; Missouri Valley) Highlights
Overview: The Shockers return to the tourney for the first time since 1988. WSU won the outright regular-season championship by two games in the MVC, which has four NCAA tourney teams. The Shockers lost to fellow Washington Region schools Illinois, Michigan State and George Mason. MVC player of the year Paul Miller leads a balanced attack.
Y! Sports Prediction: Sweet 16
 8. Kentucky Kentucky Wildcats (21-12; SEC) Highlights
Overview: The 'Cats had to claw their way into the tournament, scraping in despite a 6-6 record down the stretch and their worst season in 15 years. Randolph Morris was suspended for the beginning of the season but became the Wildcats' leading scorer following his January reinstatement.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 9. UAB UAB Blazers (24-6; Conference USA) Highlights
Overview: The Blazers stunned top-seeded Kentucky two seasons ago and get another chance in this year's first round. The Blazers' pressure defense held Memphis without a point for eight minutes in their March 2 win over the Tigers, offsetting the Blazers' typical lack of size. Point guard Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson was all-Conference USA.
Y! Sports Prediction: Second round
 10. Seton Hall Seton Hall Pirates (18-11; Big East) Highlights
Overview: A winning conference record in the Big East carried the Pirates to their second tourney bid in head coach Louis Orr's five seasons. Seniors Donald Copeland and Kelly Whitney led the Pirates to wins in five of their last seven road games, but SHU lost its Big East tourney opener to Rutgers.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 11. George Mason George Mason Patriots (23-7; Colonial Athletic) Highlights
Overview: An at-large selection from the Colonial Athletic Association? George Mason became the first one in two decades after a school record-tying 23-win season that included a late victory at Wichita State. All five starters average in double figures, led by all-CAA forward Jai Lewis, but the Patriots get little off the bench.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 12. Utah St. Utah State Aggies (23-8; Western Athletic) Highlights
Overview: Two years ago, the Aggies had two losses and didn't get invited after losing in the Big West tourney. Now in the WAC, which nearly always gets an at-large nod, USU earned its fifth bid since 2000 despite a seven-loss campaign. Forward Nate Harris has been all-conference the last three years for Stew Morrill.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 13. Air Force Air Force Falcons (24-6; Mountain West) Highlights
Overview: For the second time in three seasons, the Falcons earned an at-large nod despite one of the weakest schedules of any tourney team. Jeff Bzdelik's team also lost to Wyoming in its MWC tourney opener. The Falcons often only use six players – but all have experience. Senior guard Antoine Hood leads the sextet.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 14. Murray St. Murray State Racers (23-5; Big Ten; #11) Highlights
Overview: The OVC champs are no strangers to the tourney; this is the Racers' 12th trip in 19 seasons. MSU hasn't won a tourney game since 1988, but the Racers bring one of their deepest teams yet into this year's tourney. Senior Shawn Witherspoon is just 6-5 but ranks second in the OVC in rebounding.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 15. Winthrop Winthrop Eagles (23-7; Big South) Highlights
Overview: Winthrop makes its sixth NCAA tourney trip in nine seasons after a one-point win over Coastal Carolina in the Big South title game. This season, the Eagles have close losses at Marquette, Alabama and Memphis. All-Big South guard Torrell Martin gave Gonzaga fits in last year's tourney.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round
 16. Albany Albany Great Danes (21-10; America East) Highlights
Overview: In its seventh Division I season, the Great Danes became one of two first-time NCAA tourney teams (Belmont is the other) by ending Vermont's reign in the America East. AEC player of the year Jamar Wilson is one rebound shy of leading the Great Danes in points, boards and assists.
Y! Sports Prediction: First round

Washington, D.C. Region Videos:

Fan Predictions - Washington, D.C.
Percentage of Yahoo Sports Tournament Pick'em players who are picking each team to advance out of this region.
Team (Seed) %
1 Connecticut (1) 66.3
2 North Carolina (3) 19.2
3 Illinois (4) 5.0
4 Tennessee (2) 2.8
5 Michigan State (6) 2.6
Other team 4.1
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