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March 18, 2014

NCAA tournament promises plenty of excitement

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart a player to watch in an NCAA tournament with plenty of storylines

(Continued)

The missing

Several teams enter the tournament with key players out or ailing:

• Brandon Ashley, Arizona. The versatile sophomore forward went down for the season after injuring his right foot against Cal last month. The Wildcats have adapted, earning a top seed anyway.

• Joel Embiid, Kansas. The powerful freshman forward missed the Big 12 tournament with a back injury and could miss the first weekend of the NCAAs.

• Mitch McGary, Michigan. Speaking of backs, McGary, the Wolverines' big man, missed the entire Big Ten season because of his.

• Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado. The Buffaloes sneaked into the bracket despite limping to the finish after their leading scorer went down with a torn ACL on Jan. 12.

• Kyle Collinsworth, BYU. The Cougars' playmaking guard tore his ACL in the WCC championship game and is out for the NCAAs.

SOUTH REGIONAL

Second Round

Friday, March 21


At Viejas Arena (San Diego)

VCU (26-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (31-2), 7:27 p.m.

UCLA (26-8) vs. Tulsa (21-12), 30 minutes following

WEST REGIONAL

Second Round

Thursday, March 20


At Spokane Arena (Spokane, Wash.)

Oklahoma (23-9) vs. North Dakota State (25-6), 7:27 p.m.

San Diego State (29-4) vs. New Mexico State (26-9), 30 minutes following

Friday, March 21

At Viejas Arena (San Diego)

Arizona (30-4) vs. Weber State (19-11), 2:10 p.m.

Gonzaga (28-6) vs. Oklahoma State (21-12), 30 minutes following

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