The field for the 2013 NCAA tournament has been announced, and it’s time to start breaking down the regions to take a look at key aspects of each individual group of 16.
We start with the East region, which boasts Indiana as the top overall seed.
Let’s take a look at some key highlights for this region:
Many people expected Indiana to wind up in Indianapolis, but instead, they’ll start their march for a championship in Dayton. Indiana’s resume speaks for itself. Personally, I think they’re still the best overall team in this field despite not getting the top overall seed. They have a favorable road to get to the Elite Eight, and there, they could meet up with a Miami team that has the best chance of anyone at knocking them off.
THE OTHER TOP SEEDS
As mentioned, Miami takes a spot in this region as the two seed, with Marquette getting the three, and Syracuse locking up the four. Miami had a strong argument for being on the 1-line over Gonzaga, so the committee didn’t do Indiana any favors by putting them here. Marquette as a three surprised people, but keep in mind that this team went 14-4 in the Big East. Syracuse is trending downwards and aren’t quite the threat that we thought they were early in the season.
I think the sleeper out of this region comes from the 3/6 portion of the bracket. I really like Bucknell’s chances against Butler (although betting against a Brad Stevens team in March isn’t too smart). I also like Davidson to give Marquette fits. Davidson has won 17 in a row and 19 of 20. Their last loss came over two months ago. If Marquette gives them confidence early, it would not shock me to see this being the upset of the first round.
BEST FIRST ROUND GAME
Again, it’s a time your pick between the two aforementioned games above. Butler/Bucknell and Marquette/Davidson should be two intriguing games from start to finish. Plan your trip to Lexington. These two should be fun.
What are your thoughts on the East region?