March Madness 2019 Bracket: West Region Team-by-Team Guide

March 18, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Gonzaga earned the No. 1 seed in the West Region despite losing to Saint Mary’s in the WCC tournament final. Rui Hachimura is averaging 20.1 points for the Zags, who have four players averaging double figures. 

Florida State lurks in this corner of the bracket as a dangerous No. 4 seed, No. 6 seed Buffalo is a popular dark-horse pick, No. 3 seed Texas Tech probably features the best player in the region in future NBA top-10 pick Jarrett Culver, and No. 2 seed Michigan has a way of making deep runs under coach John Beilein.

1. Gonzaga
Record: 30-3
Nickname: Bulldogs
Conference: West Coast
Player to Watch: Rui Hachimura (20.1 PPG, 6.6 RPG)

16. Fairleigh Dickinson
Record: 20-13
Nickname: Knights
Conference: Northeast
Player to Watch: Darnell Edge (16.4 PPG, 46.9% 3-PT)

16. Prairie View A&M
Record: 22-12
Nickname: Panthers
Conference: SWAC
Player to Watch: Gary Blackston (15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG)

8. Syracuse
Record: 20-13
Nickname: Orange
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Tyus Battle (17.2 PPG)

9. Baylor
Record: 19-13
Nickname: Bears
Conference: Big 12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Makai Mason (14.6 PPG, 3.3 APG)

5. Marquette
Record: 24-9
Nickname: Eagles
Conference: Big East (at-large)
Player to Watch: Markus Howard (25.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG)

12. Murray State
Record: 27-4
Nickname: Racers
Conference: Ohio Valley
Player to Watch: Ja Morant (24.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 10.0 APG)

4. Florida State
Record: 27-7
Nickname: Seminoles
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Mfiondu Kabengele (12.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG)

13. Vermont
Record: 27-6
Nickname: Catamounts
Conference: America East
Player to Watch: Anthony Lamb (21.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG)

6. Buffalo
Record: 31-3
Nickname: Bulls
Conference: MAC
Player to Watch: CJ Massinburg (18.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.0 APG)

11. Arizona State
Record: 22-10
Nickname: Sun Devils
Conference: Pac-12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Luguentz Dort (16.1 PPG)

11. St. John's
Record: 21-12
Nickname: Red Storm
Conference: Big East (at-large)
Player to Watch: Shamorie Ponds (19.5 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.6 SPG)

3. Texas Tech
Record: 26-6
Nickname: Red Raiders
Conference: Big 12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jarrett Culver (18.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG)

14. Northern Kentucky
Record: 26-8
Nickname: Norse
Conference: Horizon
Player to Watch: Drew McDonald (19.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG)

7. Nevada
Record: 29-4
Nickname: Wolf Pack
Conference: Mountain West (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jordan Carolina (17.3 PPG, 9.6 RPG)

10. Florida
Record: 19-15
Nickname: Gators
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: KeVaughn Allen (12.0 PPG)

2. Michigan
Record: 28-6
Nickname: Wolverines
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Ignas Brazdeikis (15.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG)

15. Montana
Record: 26-8
Nickname: Grizzlies
Conference: Big Sky
Player to Watch: Jamar Akoh (15.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG)