NCAA Bracket 2012: Breaking Down Sweet 16 East Region

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 19, 2012

NCAA Bracket 2012: Breaking Down Sweet 16 East Region

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    How's your bracket looking? Well, if you picked the lower seeds in the East Region you are probably in great shape.

    No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Wisconsin all advanced to the Sweet 16 out of the East Region. The only real surprise team that will play in the fourth round is No. 6 Cincinnati. 

    The Bearcats are an amazing team, but No. 3 Florida State disappointed the college basketball world after winning the ACC tournament by losing in the third round. It could be worse though. The Seminoles could be Duke or Missouri right now. Ouch. Too soon?

    Anyway, enough with the talk. Read on to see the breakdown of the Sweet 16 for the East Region. 

No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Wisconsin

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    Syracuse shook off an almost David and Goliath like upset against UNC-Ashville and completely took out its frustrations against Kansas State. The Orange's 75-59 victory over the Wildcats says it all. 

    As for the Badgers, they just barely clipped off a very pesky Vanderbilt team, but a win is a win, especially in the Big Dance. 

    Don't expect Wisconsin and Syracuse to break any high-scoring records against each other. Both teams are known for their defense, so if a high-scoring affair is what you want, it's not going to be what you get.

    In its two tournament games, Syracuse has allowed just 62 points per game and the Badgers have allowed 53 points per game.

    Besides the fact that this game will be a defensive showdown, expect a good show from the guards on each team. Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor and Syracuse's Dion Waiters are amazing guards to say the least.

    Really either team could win in this matchup, but the edge goes to Syracuse. 

    Prediction: Syracuse wins 

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No 2 Ohio State

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    Both Cincinnati and Ohio State are coming into this matchup on top of the world. Not literally, but Ohio State has been very impressive thus far, while the Bearcats knocked off a very tough team in Florida State.

    The Bearcats will not only have to worry about Jared Sullinger, but Deshaun Thomas, as well, who is playing just as good or better than Sullinger in the tournament.

    Thomas went off against Loyola (MD) for 31 points and then backed that up with 18 points against Gonzaga. 

    Cincinnati is going to have a very tough time guarding one of the most complete teams in the tournament. 

    However, if the Bearcats can play defense half as good as they did against FSU, this could be a very close game. The problem will be in the scoring department for Cincinnati though. Against FSU, they could only manage 62 points in the game.

    The Buckeyes are clicking on all cylinders right now, and it would take a very impressive performance to beat the No. 2 seed in the East Region.

    Prediction: Ohio State wins

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