Barker: I love Virginia's tenacity on defense. It can keep them in games when they don't shoot well. But somehow my gut says Syracuse, even though the Orange has been counted out by many after going 2-5 in its last seven games. I'm so impressed with freshman point guard Tyler Ennis. Markus: Based on the way they finished the season, I would still go with the Cavaliers. You had to be impressed with the way that Tony Bennett's team -- and Bennett himself -- handled the atmosphere at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday against Duke. They're a team that is better than the sum of their parts, a team that plays great defense and can win games played either slow or almost fast. (I can't say they'd win a shootout in the high 80s or low 90s like the other three ACC teams mentioned). I think Virginia's biggest obstacle will be another experienced, tough team in Michigan State (possibly in the Sweet 16) while Duke has a tougher bracket (No. 2 seed Michigan in the Sweet 16, No. 3 Louisville in Elite 8). Neither Syracuse nor UNC looked very good in Greensboro, and I can see both going out earlier than expected. Shaffer: I don't like any of these teams to go far, so expect at least two to make the Final Four. Virginia lost by 20-plus in its last NCAA tournament game. Duke is too small, too streaky. Syracuse lost to Georgia Tech two weeks ago. North Carolina is bipolar. With that said -- and if you have a gag reflex, do not say this out loud -- I like the Blue Devils. I fully expect Jabari Parker to do Carmelo-Anthony-in-2003 things. It took maybe the nation's best defense to finally corral him in the ACC tournament, and he still finished with 23 points against Virginia. If, one day, he decides he likes playing defense as much as he does dunking on people, watch out, brackets of America. You will be busted. Bracken: Virginia's deliberate (plodding?) style of play isn't too much fun to watch, but it's obviously effective and difficult to prepare for. A potential Sweet 16 battle against Michigan State (another physical, defensive-oriented squad) could be really interesting. I like the Cavaliers to win that battle and play for a shot at the Final Four. Selig: I like Duke's chances best. Jabari Parker seems like he keeps getting better and better. He'll be a force, and if guys like Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon play well, this can be a Final Four team. Their lack of a true big man gives me pause, but Virginia's shoddy free-throw shooting scares me more.
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