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Best of the West: Ranking the 12 teams from the West in this year's dance

Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, right, reacts with guards Tyler Dorsey (5) and Casey Benson (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men's tournament Friday, March 11, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Oregon forward Dillon Brooks, right, reacts with guards Tyler Dorsey (5) and Casey Benson (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men's tournament Friday, March 11, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won in overtime, 95-89. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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The madness is finally here, and the West is generating some buzz across the brackets.

Many were shocked to see Oregon receive a top seed, though geographically it made sense with Kansas the closest of the other four candidates for a No. 1 seed to the West region final location in Anaheim, California. In addition, Oregon finished 12-3 against other teams in the tournament and finished just behind Kansas in the RPI.

This year's field features 12 teams from the "Best of the West" conference field, with six champions and six at-large bids for the second straight year. But bucking a recent trend, only the Pac-12, with Utah, California, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado and USC, received any at at-large bids. Both the Mountain West Conference and West Coast Conference received just their automatic qualifer this season, and those winners, Gonzaga (No. 11 seed in Midwest region) and Fresno State (No. 14 seed in Midwest region), received lower seeds than those conference champions typically receive. For example, Gonzaga, the WCC winner, was the No. 2 seed in the 2015 tournament, and the MWC winner was a No. 12 seed, but the MWC had two at-large seeds, including No. 8 San Diego State.

The Pac-12's highest seed last year was Arizona at No. 2, and that was the only conference team receiving a top four seed. Oregon, Utah and California each received top four seeds this year, and all seven teams have a higher seed than their opponents in the tournament.

And the conference champions out of the smaller conferences, such as the Big West, Big Sky and Western Athletic, could also make things interesting, looking at upsets in the tournament, as those conference winners have some of the firepower to do so.

So after sorting through it all, here is an attempt to rank the top teams in the NCAA Tournament from the Western region.

Note: Conferences included in these power rankings are Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, Western Athletic and West Coast. Use of KenPom.com, Massey and RPI ratings are not the absolute basis of the power rankings, but an idea where teams hold up in national metrics ratings.