NCAA Tournament Analysis: West 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.


West Bracket:
This is the Syracuse bracket and they control what can happen here. Syracuse, at one point could have been the top overall seed. They are now coming off of  2 straight losses and probably playing without Arinze Onuaku for the first weekend. This may not be a problem for the first game, but the second round they will face a Florida State team that may take advantage of this injury. Basically, this  brackets outcome is riding on which Syracuse shows up.
Upsets: Look for both the 12 seed, UTEP and the 11 seed Minnesota to come out and win their first round match ups. UTEP should also face Vandy in the second round, so look for UTEP, a 12 seed in the sweet 16.
Sweet 16: Syracuse will find a way to get here and face UTEP. At this point they should have Onuaku back and I expect Coaching and talent to prevail here. Syracuse moves on. Kansas State has shown all year that they are a solid defensive team and should move past Pitt and into the elite 8.
Elite 8: Syracuse, again assuming Onuaku is healthy and they are back to mid season form, which I expect will happen, will move past Kansas State in what should be a classic elite 8 match up – expect an overtime game here!
Winner: Syracuse
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