This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
WEST REGION PREVIEW
If the 2015 West Regional can be as good as the 2014 version, we are in for a treat. The top two teams heading toward the Pacific Ocean are the same. Whereas Arizona was the top seed last year, Wisconsin used the Big Ten regular and tournament championships to get that No. 1 next to its name this year. Baylor, another Elite Eight team from 2014, is also back in the West. What year is this again? Are we in some sort of time-space anomaly? No. It's a new year and it is going to be really interesting.
No. 1 Wisconsin - The Badgers were supposed to win the Big Ten regular season title. They won the Big Ten regular season title. Things get a bit dicey in the conference tournaments, but Wisconsin outlasted Michigan State for that championship, as well. Like Badger teams of past years, this squad has talent and experience. Senior forward Frank Kaminsky (18.2 points, 8.1 rebounds) and junior forward Sam Dekkar (13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds) lead the charge. Josh Gasser is an experienced guard and three-point marksman. The big question will be whether Traevon Jackson, Jimmy Jackson's son, can return from a foot injury that has caused him to miss half the season.
No. 2 Arizona - Like Wisconsin, Arizona won its conference's regular and tournament championships, but it might say something about the Pac-12 relative to the Big Ten that the