West Region Quick Takeaways

Yahoo Sports College Basketball reporter Krysten Peek takes you through the West Region of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and gives you her instant reaction to seeing the matchups for the first time.

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Video Transcript

KRYSTEN PEEK: The brackets are set. I'm Krysten Peek here to give you a quick bracket breakdown. Let's take a look at the West Region where-- no surprise here-- the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs received the number one overall spot. Their first real test will come in the second round against a tough Oklahoma team who was ranked as high as number seven overall in week 14. The point guard match-up between De'Vion Harmon and Jalen Suggs should be a battle, but I think the Zags win that game and ultimately win out the region.

Oregon is the team to watch in the West Region, winning 10 out of the last 12 games to close out the regular season. Dana Altman has some of that March coaching magic and the Ducks are healthy with point guard Will Richardson returning in February. He's been playing well lately, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Another team to keep an eye on for a first down upset is the number 12 UC Santa Barbara over number five Creighton. The Gauchos are 22 and 4 and have only lost one game since January 1st. Play this year's Yahoo Fantasy's 50K Tourney Pick 'Em contest for your chance at $10,000 and a Las Vegas getaway. Free to play, so sign up now at tourney.