In his two seasons leading the UNLV Rebels, Dave Rice has upgraded the talent and excitement quotient, but not the results of Lon Kruger's tenure. Can the Rebels erase the memory of a disappointing, and at times perplexing, regular season with a deep tournament run?
ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.
Okay, so the committee got it wrong. The Runnin' Rebels should not be facing Cal in a rematch of their regular-season win in Berkeley. But the Rebels are still a better team, and it's not like there won't be any Vegas fans making the trip across Northern California. I'm more worried about the Rebels against Syracuse, as this team has been too inconsistent to expect top performances back-to-back.
Best wins: Iowa State, California, at San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State
Worst losses: Oregon, at Fresno State, at Air Force, Fresno State