South Regional: UCLA or Kentucky could turn Carolina blue


North Carolina has the best team in the country--when it has its A game. But sometimes that game disappears and there are enough predators in this region to worry the most ardent Tar Heel fan.

The Tar Heels should have no problems with Texas Southern in their opener and neither Arkansas nor Seton Hall should present that much of a challenge, which puts Carolina in Memphis

There doesn't look like much danger from the other half of Carolina's bracket. Butler will probably emerge, but Carolina is better than all of them.

Then it changes. Look at the bottom half of that draw. Kentucky, Wichita, Dayton, UCLA, Cincinnati.

Kentucky, as the No 2 seed should squeeze past Northern Kentucky in what should be a wild atmosphere in Indianapolis, but then there is the winner of the Dayton-Wichita waiting. Wichita is better than a 10 seed, so a win over the Flyers would hardly be an upset.

A Kentucky-Wichita rematch would be a show stopper, since Wichita no doubt has payback in mind after Kentucky ended Wichita's unbeaten season in the second round of the tournament a few years ago.

The winner will probably face either UCLA or Cincinnati. UCLA has already beaten Kentucky in Lexington this season and Cincinnati is just a hard-nosed team and is probably under seeded at No. 6.

Kentucky has the talent and Coach Cal loves challenges like this.

Upset Specials: Wichita over Dayton, Middle Tennessee over Minnesota

Moving to Memphis: North Carolina, Butler, UCLA and Kentucky

Regional Champ: Kentucky