NCAA Tournament Analysis: East Regional

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2010

So I have been waiting all week to post my brackets analysis, but I obviously had to wait for that pivotal play-in game to end before I do my full analysis. Now that we have that out of the way, here we go.


East Bracket:
This is an interesting bracket which has the youngest team in the tournament in Kentucky, which has also been a top 2 team all year (along with Kansas), and the hottest team in the tournament, fresh off a Big East tournament championship – West Virginia.
Upsets: Two double digit seeds will move on from the first round here – the annual 12-5 match-up upset begins with Cornell over Temple along with 11-6 match-up which will have Washington move past Marquette. You have to go with the hot teams and both of these teams are peaking at the right time.
Sweet 16: Kentucky playing Wisconsin is a match up that could go either way. Wisconsin should give Kentucky lots of problems with their slow style of play and may force a young Kentucky team into playing a game they are not used to. The safe bet here is Kentucky, but don’t be surprised if this well coached Wisconsin team upsets Kentucky. As for the New Mexico – West Virginia match up, this will be two of the hottest teams playing each other and New Mexico’s inexperience will be a factor here and WVU will win this game moving on to the elite 8.
Elite 8: Kentucky will be coming off a tiring game against Wisconsin, while West Virginia is continuing its hot streak. Look for WVU to shock Kentucky and win this game big.
Winner: WVU
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