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
- Texas A&M
- Oregon State
- Saint Joseph's
- Northern Iowa
- UNC Wilmington
- Green Bay
- Cal State Bakersfield
- Holy Cross or Southern
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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