NCAA Tournament 2013 preview: East Region

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By all accounts, this is easily the weakest region in tournament. It seems as though Indiana and Miami are on a collision course in the Elite Eight, but there’s also other games to pick.

We’ll do that now.

The team that is primed to pull off the round of 64 upset: Bucknell

Bucknell is the trendy pick to pull off the upset against Butler and for good reason. The Bison are led by three seniors in their starting five and double-double machine Mike Muscala.

This isn’t the Butler team that made the NCAA title game in 2010 and 2011. This is a team that lacks the toughness inside of those teams. Which doesn’t bode well for having to deal with the 6-foot-11 Muscala.

A top four seed that may not make it out of the 1st weekend: Syracuse

Saying that the last month and half has been a nightmare for Syracuse is an understatement. They finished the Big East regular season losing four out of their final six games. Then, they made a run to the Big East Tournament title game only to not only blow a 16 point lead to Louisville, but then lose by 17.

There’s no telling where this team’s heads are out. And now, they have NCAA investigation questions to deal with.

A team other than Indiana that can win the region: Miami

We’re not exactly going out on a limb by saying the 2 seed Miami can with the region. But let’s face it, only the Hurricanes or the Hoosiers will win the region. There just no other real threats here.

Who we’re taking in the round of 64:

  • Indiana over James Madison
  • Temple over North Carolina State
  • UNLV over California
  • Syracuse over Montana
  • Bucknell over Butler
  • Marquette over Davidson
  • Illinois over Colorado
  • Miami over Pacific

Who we’re taking in the round of 32:

  • Indiana over Temple
  • UNLV over Syracuse
  • Bucknell over Marquette
  • Miami over Illinois

Sweet Sixteen winners:

  • Indiana over UNLV
  • Miami over Bucknell

Regional Champion:

  • Indiana




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