NCAA Bracket 2014: Complete Guide to East Region

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NCAA Bracket 2014: Complete Guide to East Region
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Virginia earned the No. 1 seed in the East after winning both the ACC regular-season and tournament titles.

Will the 2014 NCAA champion come out of the East?

That hasn't happened since 2005, when North Carolina took a route through Charlotte and then Syracuse on its way to a victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

This year's lineup of contenders from the East features an upstart No. 1 seed in Virginia, a rising power in No. 3 Iowa State and a past champion in No. 4 Michigan State that's looking to return to glory and end a long (for the Spartans) four-year Final Four drought.

There's also second-seeded Villanova, the most "rested" of the top teams by virtue of its first-round conference tournament loss, not to mention a stacked field that includes AAC co-champ Cincinnati, Big East tourney winner Providence, Atlantic 10 tourney champ St. Joseph's and an always-dangerous North Carolina squad that has shown it can beat anyone.

And don't forget all those lower-seeded teams, the ones we don't really pay much attention to...until they pull off a shocker.

Check out our complete guide to the East Region, as well as our pick to represent the East at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

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