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Breaking down the West Region bracket heading into Sweet 16

We take a look at the West Region heading into the Sweet 16 round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament and discuss our picks for an upset, teams to fade and more.

Syndication: The Greenville News Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

The top four seeds of the West Region are still alive as they head into Thursday night’s Sweet 16 action. The top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs will take on the No. 4 seed Arkansas Razorbacks at 7:09 p.m. ET, followed by the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils against the No. 3 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders at approximately 9:39 p.m. ET.

Both games will be held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California and can be seen on CBS.

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Arkansas

Point spread: Gonzaga -9.5
Total: 155
Moneyline odds: Gonzaga -490, Arkansas +360

Gonzaga (28-3) allowed the No. 16 seed Georgia State Panthers hang around through the halfway point of the second half before pulling away for a 93-72 first round victory. The Bulldogs were down by 12 points in Round 2 but prevailed with an 82-78 win over the No. 9 seed Memphis Tigers. A year after falling short in the national title game, Gonzaga remains the betting favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook to win it all, and they have the top-rated offense in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency.

Arkansas (27-8) held off the No. 13 seed Vermont Catamounts 75-71 in the first round and survived a bad shooting night with a 53-48 victory over the No. 12 seed New Mexico State Aggies to reach the Sweet 16. The Razorbacks will look to reach the Elite Eight for the second year in a row, and their biggest strength comes on the defensive end where they’re rated No. 14 in adjusted efficiency.

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Texas Tech

Point spread: Texas Tech -1
Total: 137
Moneyline odds: Texas Tech -115, Duke -105

Duke (30-6) kept the Mike Krzyzewski era alive when they knocked off the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans 85-76 despite trailing with less than 3 minutes remaining to reach the Sweet 16. Starting forward AJ Griffin went down with an injury in that game, so he will be a story to monitor as we get closer to game time. The Blue Devils had no issues with the No. 15 seed Cal State Fullerton Titans in a 78-61 Round 1 victory. Duke has one of the best offenses in the country as they No. 4 in adjusted efficiency at that end of the floor.

Texas Tech (27-9) crushed the No. 14 seed Montana State Bobcats 97-62 to open their NCAA Tournament run, and they followed that up by pulling away from the No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the final minute with a 59-53 victory. Red Raiders head coach Mark Adams has done a tremendous job taking over for Chris Beard and keeping their success going. Texas Tech has the best defensive team in the country according to KenPom’s adjusted efficiency.

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