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2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket East Region Instant Analysis

Mar 17, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo

Indiana gets the third No. 1 seed, heading to Dayton, OH, to take on the winner of LIU-Brooklyn and James Madison. The Hoosiers missed out on a chance to play in Indianapolis for the regional; they’ll be headed to DC instead.

If Indiana doesn’t become the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round, they will take on the winner of the uber-talented and ultra-enigmatic NC State Wolfpack and the Temple Fighting Khalif Wyatts.

Miami, the duel-ACC title winners, earned the No. 2 seed in the east, drawing Pacific in the opening round. Marquette was a No. 3 seed in the east, and they may have the toughest draw of all the top three seeds in the opening round: the Davidson Wildcats. If they win? They get to play either No. 6 seed Butler or No. 11 seed Bucknell. That’s just a brutally tough pod. Which is great for us.

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Syracuse drew the No. 4 seed in the East, and they drew a tough Montana squad in the opening round. The Grizzlies have a really, really good back court, but if Mathias Ward — Montana’s leading scorer — is still injured, they aren’t the same team.

The most head-scratching decision in the East Region? No. 5 seed UNLV will be playing No. 12 Cal, who they already matched up with this season, in what ends up being essentially a home game for the Bears in San Jose.

As there is in every region, the coin-flip game will be No. 7 Illinois and No. 10 Colorado. Both the Illini and the Buffaloes are “Box o’ Chocolate” teams: you never know what you’re gonna get.


You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. Erich William Berger - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    “…If Indiana doesn’t become the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round…” That’s as far as I got.

    • llfreedman - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

      Yeah Rob really disappointing line…what’s the deal? Really unnecessary hate. What an unnecessary condition to throw into this piece.

      • Rob Dauster - Mar 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Hahahahaha that cannot be serious. Of all the things I’ve written, THAT’S what you guys take offense over?

      • thurufally - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        It’s not offensive, Rob, it’s just plain stupid. Here’s my question: If you’re trying to impress your boss(es) (which I imagine you are unless writing such crap is all you aspire to do in life), why write stupid stuff?

  2. fraudguy - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Dual. Unless they shot someone at 10 paces.

  3. sdb74 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    If Indiana doesn’t become the first one seed to lose? Huh? That line should be used in the Gonzaga story. They are the only 1 seed that doesn’t deserve it.

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