NCAA Tournament Predictions: Will Villanova still win the East Region?


One weekend of March Madness is done, and it's turned into March Mayhem. This year is no different, but you'd be in trouble if you had to pick just one. The Bulldogs are once again a Final Four threat and you can bring up this streak to anyone who says that Gonzaga is overrated. I promise whatever you're looking at will still be there when you get where you're going.

However, after a four-year hiatus, Hamilton has led FSU basketball to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

If you look at the bracket now, the two sides of the bracket are very different.

And when coach Ryan Odom emptied his bench in the closing seconds of UMBC's 50-43 loss, in the tournament's most touching moment, Kansas State's players went to the opposing sideline to congratulate the Retrievers' effort. Consider the following. As recent as late February, the Cats were mired in a four-game losing streak that had United Kingdom fans drinking copious amounts of Kentucky bourbon and thinking the Cats may miss the tournament entirely. The No. 2 Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones 76-72.

This is what the Orange are going to have to do just to get to the national title game, assuming that seeds hold (LOL!): Beat Duke, beat Kansas and beat Villanova. "I pictured it ending with these guys having a huge smile on their face, but that's not college basketball". The upsets have been outstanding.

None of the top-four seeds advanced, the first time in tournament history that has happened in a region.

With the exception of Kentucky, which knows its way around Atlanta all too well, no one could've expected these teams to need directions to the NCAA's South Regional.

Last season's regionals were at a 20-year low for attendance.

Robert Williams may be the Aggies' most-discussed player from an NBA Draft standpoint, but Davis is the team's best front court offensive weapon.

Instead, two thirteenth seeds, including the University at Buffalo, shocked a No. 4 seed.

What do you know, there's 10 candidates left in the presidential search and Interim President Greg Postel is one of them. The 13th seeded Bulls wiped out four seed Arizona in a game that wasn't even close to earn the match up with the Cats from Kentucky.

Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton takes an acrobatic shot during the first half against Tennessee. The best games are just getting started as the quest for the national championship is heating up.

The Orange from Syracuse were up against No. 3 seed Michigan State, and one of the favorites by many experts, but with some key free throws and a last second miss by the Spartans, the Orange punched their tickets to the Sweet 16 with a two-point victory.

The Blue Devils have absolutely dominated their first two games, beating Iona by 22 before dismantling Rhode Island by 25. Six seniors and two juniors were all-conference first- and second-team members.

The move paid off as the Gamecocks had 11,085 people attend their opening-round win over North Carolina A&T and then 10,307 come to the second-round victory over Virginia. It was an ugly game. Or Syracuse vs. Clemson. The 22-point comeback was the second-biggest in NCAA Tournament history and that was after the Wolf Pack came back for down 14 to Texas in their first-round game. That helps further cement Sean Miller's reputation as the best coach (367 wins, four Elite Eights) to not reach a Final Four.

But in a tournament gone goofy with upsets, where two No. 1 seeds are already out, simply surviving should be reason for applause.

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