Monday, March 14, 2011

Sportz Assassin's East Region Preview

TEAM TO BEAT: Ohio State. They've been the best team all season long. They are the top seed overall in the tournament and will be one of the favorites to win the whole she-bang.

TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Ohio State. This is a strong region, but Ohio State is the class of the bracket. They have the ability to beat Kentucky, Syracuse or North Carolina.

TEAM TO WATCH FOR (LESS THAN A NO. 3 SEED): Kentucky. The Wildcats have NBA talent ... though they are a bit undisciplined. Still, they have the horses to beat Ohio State, Syracuse or North Carolina in Newark.

YOUR CINDERELLA: Marquette. They are an 11th seed but they can do some major damage. They get Xavier first ... then, most likely, Syracuse. They can beat X and, obviously, won't be afraid of the Orange. From there, they could face an inconsistent UNC team, Washington or Georgia. Again, the Eagles could make some major noise.

WORST SEEDING ERROR: Georgia. How did a team that was on the wrong side of the bubble two weeks ago get a No. 10 seed? Especially one that just lost to fellow bubble team Alabama (the Tide didn't get a bid).

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: Syracuse. Spending the first weekend in Cleveland isn't a bad drive for Orange fans. And you know that if the Cuse get to the Sweet 16, the Prudential Center in Newark will be packed with Orange-clad fans.

MUST WATCH GAME: George Mason vs Villanova. Very interesting matchup. You have a Nova team that was a top 10 squad for much of the year before falling apart in the last few weeks. George Mason has been the mid-major darling this season. You have the bulky Big East facing off against the underdog Colonial.

MUST WATCH (POTENTIAL) SECOND ROUND GAME: Kentucky vs West Virginia. Don't you think the Wildcats want a piece of the Mountaineers after they beat them last season with a Final Four berth on the line? Well, the Kentucky players who stuck around.

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