This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
The South region has some heavy hitters, but anything less than a Final Four berth for No. 1 seed Baylor will be viewed as a bust. The last time the Bears went to the Final Four? 1950. The top four seeds are of the unconventional kind; Ohio State has the last Final Four bid of the group (2012). Meanwhile, Arkansas has not made the Final Four since 1995, and Purdue hasn't seen such a position since 1980.
Interestingly, though, the middle seeds feature programs with much more recent success in the big dance. No. 5 Villanova won it all in 2018, and No. 6 Texas Tech was the National Runner-Up in 2019. Perennial contender North Carolina, runner up in 2016 and winner in 2017, finds itself at the No. 8 seed, while No. 9 Wisconsin went to back-to-back Final Fours in 2014 and 2015. No. 10 Florida reached the Final Four in 2014.
The double-digit upstarts are intriguing, in particular No. 11 Utah State and No. 12 Winthrop, both of whom will be discussed in greater detail below. No. 13 North Texas has the type of three-point shooting that gives higher seeds fits in the NCAA Tournament. No. 14 Colgate is third in the nation in scoring, playing at an incredibly fast pace. The Raiders have a 13-game winning streak heading into the tourney. Meanwhile, No. 15 Oral Roberts features the leading scorer in all of college hoops, Max Abmas. The