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NCAA basketball bracket 2016: West Region headlined by Oregon, Oklahoma

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The Ducks are a No. 1 seed for the first time.

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The West Region of the 2016 NCAA Tournament bracket is headlined by a team with a shiny No. 1 seed for the first time. That's Oregon, which stormed to a Pac-12 Tournament championship over the weekend in Las Vegas, and now has a top seed for the first time in program history.

Dana Altman's team went undefeated against ranked teams in 2015-16, and turned it on in the Pac-12 Tournament, defeating Arizona for a second time and winning a third game against Utah by 31 points. The Ducks' previous best seed was a No. 2 seed in 2002, when they made it to the Elite Eight before bowing out against Kansas.

The Ducks are joined by No. 2 seed Oklahoma, No. 3 seed Texas A&M and No. 4 Duke, the defending NCAA Tournament champion. The West, as should seem obvious, is dotted with teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12, which comprise five of the top seven seeds in the bracket.

And the only SEC team in the bracket is Texas A&M, which was a Big 12 team not so long ago.

Here are the full West Region seed list and brackets.

2016 NCAA Tournament West Region

Seed List

  1. Oregon
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Texas A&M
  4. Duke
  5. Baylor
  6. Texas
  7. Oregon State
  8. Saint Joseph's
  9. Cincinnati
  10. VCU
  11. Northern Iowa
  12. Yale
  13. UNC Wilmington
  14. Green Bay
  15. Cal State Bakersfield
  16. Holy Cross or Southern

Bracket

Wednesday, March 16 (Dayton)

No. 16 Holy Cross vs. No. 16 Southern

Frday, March 17 (Spokane)

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Holy Cross or No. 16 Southern
No. 8 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 9 Cincinnati

Thursday, March 18 (Providence)

No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 Yale
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 UNC Wilmington

Friday, March 18 (Oklahoma City)

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Cal State Bakersfield
No. 7 Oregon State vs. No. 10 VCU

Thursday, March 17 (Providence)

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 14 Buffalo
No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Vanderbilt or No. 11 Wichita State

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