Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sportz Assassin's East Region Preview
TEAM TO BEAT: Indiana. The Hoosiers have been the favorite to win the National Championship all year long. They've shown quite a few weaknesses, but there isn't a team in the field that could dominate this tournament like Indiana.
TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Indiana. I think they have an easy road to the Elite 8, where they will meet Miami or Marquette. While both are good enough to beat Indiana, I don't think they will. Hoosiers make it to Atlanta.
TEAM TO WATCH FOR (LESS THAN A NO. 3 SEED): NC State. The Wolfpack has woefully been a disappointment this season. Still, they have tons of talent and have the ability to upset Indiana in the third round and move on. Likely? No, but in a season as crazy as this, we could have something like this happen.
YOUR CINDERELLA: Davidson. They are not the same team that Stephen Curry led to the Elite 8 a few years back, but this is quite a team. De'mon Brooks is a stud and the Wildcats start off with a Marquette team that may not have deserved their No. 3 seeding. Then they'd face fellow mid-major Bucknell or Butler. .
WORST SEEDING ERROR: Illinois. I didn't have the Illini locked into a tournament bid until the last week of the regular season. Yet they somehow got a No. 7 seed.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: California. The Bears got a bit lucky. Despite being a 12th seed, Cal gets to play UNLV in nearby San Jose. Obviously a win keeps them in San Jose to play either Syracuse or Montana. No one in this region (of probable contenders) has a distinct advantage once they get to Washington.
MUST WATCH GAME: Marquette vs Davidson. Like I said before, this could be a whale of a game. Davidson is dangerous and Marquette could be ripe for the upset.
MUST WATCH (POTENTIAL) SECOND ROUND GAME: Indiana vs NC State. Before the season started, NC State was supposed to matter. They were supposed to be a contender. They were supposed to be a team bursting with NBA talent that could give Indiana a run for their money in the Final Four. Well, let's see if Indiana does have that glass jaw right off the bat..
Brought to you by the Sportz Assassin at 3:04 AM