This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
The South region is all about defense. The top three seeds in this region boast some of the best defensive stats in the country. As a result, a cursory glance feels as though this region sets up nicely for the top overall seed, the Virginia Cavaliers. The region arguably boasts the worst No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the bracket in the form of Cincinnati and Tennessee, respectively. The Bearcats are a poor man's version of the Hoos; a defensive-minded squad with average offensive performance. The Vols are also defensively-inclined. No. 5 seed Kentucky is surging and defends the three-point line extremely well, but has been inconsistent overall this season on offense, particularly in terms of shooting. And the No. 6 seed Miami Hurricanes have struggled to score the ball in the half court all season long. Even this region's Cinderella, No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago, is fifth in the nation in points allowed per game, though the Ramblers also are near the top of the country in field goal percentage.
The wildcards in this region will be a few superb offensive units. Davidson is in the tourney for the first time since Stephen Curry took the nation by storm, and the Wildcats are not shy about launching from long distance. Meanwhile, No.7 seed Nevada can shoot the lights out; the Wolfpack average over 83 points per game. Then there is Arizona; the Wildcats have one of the top interior players in