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South rises as toughest region

Updated: March 14, 2012, 10:47 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

In breaking down the brackets, I really feel one region stands out as the most difficult.

I look at the South as the toughest. Top-seed Kentucky doesn't have a cakewalk to New Orleans. The selection committee did the Wildcats no favor by putting Connecticut as a potential second game in the big dance.

Jim Calhoun's defending national champions have experience and could give the 'Cats all they can handle. Jeremy Lamb is an explosive scorer and Andre Drummond could be a challenge ...

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