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NCAA Bracket 2017: South Region Predictions, Picks, & Upsets

Let’s break down the South Region.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It is now time to talk about the South Region. Before we get to my predictions and other TAKES, here's a look at this part of the bracket:

#1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. #16 Texas Southern

#2 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #15 Northern Kentucky Norse

#3 UCLA Bruins vs. #14 Kent State Golden Flashes

#4 Butler Bulldogs vs. #13 Winthrop

#5 Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. #12 Middle Tennessee State

#6 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #11 Kansas State Wildcats/Wake Forest

#7 Dayton Flyers vs. #10 Wichita State Shockers

#8 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. #9 Seton Hall

Who wins the South Region?

Minnesota, obviously. Ok, maybe not. Um...I’ll go with UNC.

Who got the best draw?

I think North Carolina has a pretty friendly draw up to a media friendly UK/UNC matchup.

Who got screwed?

Minnesota. MTSU is a really tough upset draw and you should expect EVERYONE who isn’t a MN fan to be picking them.

Who was the surprise?

I really thought Minnesota would be a 6 seed so consider that a surprise.

Who wins the #5 vs. #12 matchup?

Survey says Minnesota because GO GOPHERS!

Who is the region's Upset Lock Of The Week Of The Century?

I think Wichita State is in a good spot for an upset.

Predictions For The Other Regions:

East Region

Midwest Region

West Region