Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Region: Five Ques

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West Region: Five Ques

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Five questions

1. Can Oregon handle the rarefied air? The Ducks are a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history, and although they are talented, they aren't used to the pressure that comes with being on the top of the bracket.

2. Is this Buddy Hield's time? Oklahoma's star senior guard struggled in a Big 12 semifinal loss to West Virginia. Is that a bad omen, or will the national player of the year candidate bounce back in a big way? Oklahoma's hopes depend on him.

3. Does Duke have enough depth? Yes, the Blue Devils have stars in villain-of-the-year Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram, but Amile Jefferson's season-ending injury was a huge blow. Would be a surprise if Duke gets past Sweet 16, if that.

4. Can Shaka Smart make another run? The former Virginia Commonwealth coach got that mid-major to the Final Four in 2011, and his "Havoc" pressure defense has caught on at Texas in his first year with the Longhorns. …

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