NCAA Tournament: East Region Preview

The Winner is..UNC

North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige has been known as the leader of this team, but what is going to propel the Heels is Brice Johnson. Johnson has the all around ability to be one of the most dominant players in the tournament, and if he can attract all the attention inside, a slasher like Justin Jackson, and shooter Joel Berry get more room than they are used to. Coming off of the ACC Tournament win this experienced team should have momentum and should be ready to keep running deep into March.

Wouldn’t be surprised if.. Kentucky knocked off UNC in the Sweet 16 en route to the Final 4.

Coach Cal has a gripe about his seeding most years, but it does happen. The comittee automatically sets up Kentucky with must see matchups, and he’ll more than likely have to go through Indiana, UNC, and his friend, and tournament nemesis Bob Huggins at WVU. One of the toughest paths to the Final 4, but he has one of the most talented teams. Tyler Ulis has a chip on his shoulder, and if they beat UNC there is no telling how far they go.

Sleeper Watch: WVU or Michigan

As a 3-seed they aren’t necessarily a sleeper, but in a region with UNC, Kentucky, Indiana, and Notre Dame they start to get lost in the mix with those big names. Don’t sleep on WVU. We realistically don’t see ND getting past Michigan, which makes the Michigan-WVU game a marquee matchup of two teams who can run the region. Whoever wins that can propel from the bottom of the bracket and take on Kentucky or UNC after a battle and see where they can go.

For WVU you have a team that will bow out more than likely due to turnovers, but the Press Virginia turnovers that they create are what can propel them into final four talk. Huggins is one of the better tournament coaches, and has depth at most positions to continue to run teams of the floor.

Michigan is a team that just a week or two ago learned their best player is out for the season. Their coach, John Beilein, who came from WVU, is 17-6-1 all time ATS in the NCAA Tournament. He is one of the more underrated coaches and with experience in the tournament with Derek Walton, and Zak Irvin this team may be able to make some noise.


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