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Snap Judgments: South Region Preview

Photo by Robert Cole/ALOST
There's plenty of motivation for Kennedy Meeks and UNC after losing in the ACC Tourney semis. Of course, the Heels are looking to win one more game in the NCAA Tourney than they did last season, when they were national runners-up. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
There’s plenty of motivation for Kennedy Meeks and UNC after losing in the ACC Tourney semis. Of course, the Heels are looking to win one more game in the NCAA Tourney than they did last season, when they were national runners-up. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

The Madness is here!

With apologies to Christmastime and St. Patrick’s Day (the latter being just around the corner), the most wonderful time of the year – especially for sports fans – is nigh, with the 2017 NCAA Tournament officially getting started today with the play-in games taking place in Dayton. Throughout most of the season, A Lot of Sports Talk has had the honor of being able to have a photographer courtside for many of the game’s biggest contests, and in so doing, has managed to take photos of players and coaches from teams that, combined, make up more than half of the 2017 NCAA Tournament field. Hmm…what’s there to do with all of these pictures?

How about creating a super duper photo gallery and fuse it with our NCAA Tournament preview?

Well, that’s exactly what we’ve done, as the next four “Snap Judgments” galleries will all be an extensive display of photos, taken from our lenses, of the major players who make up each of the four regions of the NCAA Tournament. Along with the photos, the captions will provide details on each of the teams highlighted as we preview almost each team in each region and edify you with what you need to know to better familiarize yourself with those teams. At the end of each gallery, we make our prediction as to which team we believe will make the Final Four in Glendale, Ariz.

Our latest preview is of the South Region, where the top seed, the North Carolina Tar Heels, look to win one more game in this year’s tournament than last year’s, which saw them on the other end of Kris Jenkins’ One Shining Moment in the national championship game. That said, the South Region might be the most difficult of the four regions, with No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 UCLA possessing the talent to match up with the Tar Heels man for man. All that, and the No. 4 seed, the Butler Bulldogs, have the pedigree that you can’t ignore, and finishing second place in the Big East, as the Bulldogs did, is no easy task. Middle Tennessee, last year’s Cinderella when the 15th-seeded Blue Raiders upset Michigan State, is now a No. 12 seed, and Minnesota will have to deal with trying to not be that No. 5 seed that routinely gets bumped out in the first round.

We would not have been able to entertain this story idea without the yeoman effort of our photographer Robert Cole, who snapped almost all of the 32 pictures in this gallery. Special thanks also go out to the husband-and-wife photographer duo of Tony and Cassandra Hoose from Cant-Miss Photography, as well as New Jersey based photographer Vinny Carchietta, whose work is also featured in this gallery. Note: Not all teams are represented with a photo, so our apologies if your team isn’t a part of the gallery. That doesn’t mean we don’t have love for you. More often than not, that means we weren’t able to make it out to the school’s location to have a photographer present to shoot them. Pictures that were not taken my A Lot of Sports Talk but featured in the galleries are noted in parenthesis at the end of each caption.

Keep refreshing this page over the next couple of hours, as we will roll out previews of each of the other regions over the next few hours. Earlier today, we released our preview of the East Region. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

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