Justin Harper

Which team is your best early-round bracket buster?

Belmont has the horses

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Let's start in the Southeast Region, with No. 13 Belmont over No. 4 Wisconsin? Belmont has sort of a Butler "look" this year. The Bruins are 30-4 and play an up-tempo style that utilizes waves of players. Wisconsin seems ripe for an upset after scoring 33 points in a Big Ten tournament loss to Penn State.

I also like, slightly less, in the same region, No.11 Gonzaga over No. 6 St. John's. The Zags are playing their best ball of the season while St. John's enters the tournament wounded without D.J. Kennedy.

I also like the first-round winner, USC or Virginia Commonwealth,...

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