Luke Walton

Tourney journey set for tip-off

Maryland won the national title last season with an uncommon blend of virtues: strong senior leadership, dominating inside presence, splendid backcourt, versatile bench and accomplished coaching.

What aggregate of skills will capture this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament?

The athleticism and balance of Kentucky? The frenetic, fast-break style of Kansas? The withering defense of Oklahoma? The exquisite perimeter game of Arizona? Or none of the above?

This is where dreamers come to pinch themselves, schemers work overtime and memories last a lifetime. The NCAA tournament's magical journey will start to unfold with today's first round. Over 19 days, the profile of...