Below are my game-by-game breakdowns of the West Region, featuring background tendencies for each team and matchup-specific notes to aid your decision-making process for Friday and Saturday. Stats are pulled from KenPom, ShotQuality, Haslametrics, HoopMath, and Synergy.

This section will be updated following completion of the play-in games to reflect updated first round matchups. 

Norfolk State vs. App State

Major discrepancy in adjusted shot quality (per as App State ranks 106th and Norfolk is 288th. I’m not a believer in the flame throwing App State three-point shooting from the Sun Belt Tournament, but Norfolk’s perimeter defense is inflated not only by playing in the MEAC but by playing all 12 of its league...

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