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 ShotQuality.com) 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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