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The time is finally here. The NCAA Tournament field of 64 has been announced. Today I will be breaking down the East. So without further ado here’s the bracket for the east.
1 Villanova Wildcats / 16 LIU Brooklyn OR Radford
8 Virginia Tech vs 9 Alabama
5 West Virginia vs 12 Murray State
4 Wichita State vs 13 Marshall
6 Florida vs 11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA
3 Texas Tech vs 14 SF Austin
7 Arkansas vs 10 Butler
2 Purdue vs 15 Cal St. Fullerton
Favorite: Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats have been playing some of their best basketball as of late and when Villanova is playing at the top of it’s game their are only a few teams that will be able to pull of the upset.
Upset Alert: Arkansas Razorbacks. This will be a true test for the Arkansas defense. The razorbacks will have to defend the three point line well or this will be an upset waiting to happen against Butler.
Top Cinderella Candidate: UCLA. I don’t see any great candidates that will likely be a Cinderella team. So i will take UCLA. I see the Bruins beating St. Bonaventure and Florida. Other Candidates: Butler.
Sneaky Team: Alabama Crimson Tide. This is the best ninth seed. I really like the Tide’s chances if Colin Sexton can have a similar outing in the NCAA Tournament as he did in the SEC Tournament. That’s a huge if. Unfortunately for Alabama, It has a very tough path to the sweet 16. It will face VT in the first round. I like the Tide’s chances of winning. But then it will face the number one seed Villanova. It’s going to be very hard to pick Alabama in that game but I believe the Tide will keep it very tight.
Which team will represent the East in the Final Four? Villanova Wildcats. I just can’t pick against this team in this bracket. I see teams that will keep the Wildcats in tough games. But I don’t see a team that would upset Villanova.
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