East Region Preview

The East is Indiana's to lose

3/18/13 in NCAABB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Mar 5, 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo holds up the Big Ten championship trophy after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall. Ohio State defeated Indiana 67-58. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsHave you signed up for our free bracket games yet? Do it! 

The Favorite: Indiana. The Hoosiers were the presumed No. 1 overall seed for much of the season, and unlike the Midwest and South Regions, the East Region doesn't have quite the depth to challenge the No. 1 seed. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller give Indiana the nation's most dynamic inside-outside combo, making Tom Crean's squad a tough matchup for any defense.

But watch out for: Miami. The Hurricanes did just win the ACC Tournament, after all. As the only team in memory to pulverize Duke and North Carolina in the same season, it is clear Jim Larranaga's experienced squad can play with anyone in the country. But will they have a slip up at some point? There are a few confusing losses (vs. Indiana State, at Wake Forest and vs. Georgia Tech) that are a bit troubling, but there is no doubt they have the ability to play with Indiana -- or anybody else for what matter.

Underrated: Temple. The Owls are a No. 9 seed, and if they survive their first game vs. North Carolina State, they could very well give Indiana fits. Temple can score, and they also played a grueling schedule that includes wins over Villanova, Syracuse, Saint Louis, LaSalle and VCU. They also lost to Duke, Kansas and Butler, so they are nothing if not battle-tested. 

Overrated: Marquette. Pop quiz, what was the third-seeded Golden Eagles best win away from home this season? Probably an overtime victory at Pitt back in January. Other than that, it is an ugly mess. Marquette fell by 33 at fellow No. 3 seed Florida and also lost at all the top Big East foes (not to mention at Green Bay)!. A No. 3 seed seems awfully generous for the Golden Eagles, who better not overlook Davidson in the first round.

Where is the Regional? Washington D.C.

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3/19/13   |   Scott   |   54161 respect

As long as the Hoosiers don't have to play Wisconsin, they should make a deep run in the tourney.  I still like the Hurricanes though to "upset" the Hoosiers in the East final