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East Region Preview

2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament


March Madness has finally arrived and Bettorsworld.com is here to help you fill out your bracket and make your bets for the Final Four and National Championship. Many think the team to beat in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament is the #1 seed Kentucky Wildcats. Others like the #2 seed Big East Tournament winner West Virginia. One thing is for sure; this is a contentious region with many contenders. Perhaps a higher seed like Texas or Temple will get the job done? Only time will tell.

Kentucky Wildcats – This team has been nearly unstoppable. Their only losses during the regular season came to Tennessee and South Carolina in SEC play. They dominated the likes of Louisville and UCONN, which isn’t saying much. Kentucky didn’t really play a great team this year. It’s hard to say how good they really are. We could see them running through the Tournament or making an early exit. We will lean towards the latter since they are starting three freshmen. Experience is very important in the Big Dance. Despite the talent of John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, and Eric Bledsoe they just don’t have it.

West Virginia Mountaineers – Although they keep winning by narrow margins, this team is STILL winning. A win is a win whether by 2 or 20 points. The Mountaineers are entering the Big Dance fresh off a win against Georgetown in the Big East Tournament Championship Game. F Da’Sean Butler leads the team in scoring at 17.4 PPG. He is a very clutch shooter. He has hit several Game winning shots in the final seconds of Games this year. Coach Bob Huggins knows how to take a team on a deep Tournament run and he has all the horses to win a national championship this year. We see them doing very well.

New Mexico Lobos – Yes, this team has the #3 seed. Don’t let their name fool you. The Lobos finished the regular season with a record of 29-4 and wins over California, BYU, and Texas A&M. G Darington Hobson is one of the most balanced players in the NCAA. He picks up 16.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, and 4.6 APG. He can literally do it all. Roman Martinez is also pivotal with 13.8 PPG and 6.0 RPG. If they get hot the sky is the limit. They are very likely to make the Sweet Sixteen, but after that little is assured.

Wisconsin Badgers – This team is a perennial contender that can usually fly under the radar. They have nice wins over Duke, Maryland, and Ohio State. Somehow they managed to drop two Games to a marginal Illinois team, and a less than stellar Minnesota team. They have 4 players averaging 10+ PPG. Senior G Trevon Hughes leads the Badgers with 15.4 PPG. He dropped a 26 point bomb on Duke in a 73-69 Wisconsin victory. Standing 6’ 10”, Jon Leuer is a force in the paint. He picks up 14.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG. We wouldn’t be surprised if this team fizzled early or made a run to the Elite Eight; or maybe further.

Temple Owls – It’s been a long time since the Owls had a truly good team, but they have the look of a Cinderella this year with the #5 seed. Their seed seems like a slap in the face since they finished the year #12 in the AP Poll. That could work as a motivation factor. Wins for this team include victories over Siena, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Xavier, and Richmond. Junior F LAvoy Allen is the most important player for the Owls. He puts up 11.5 PPG while grabbing 10.9 RPG. Very few players average a double-double. If they can survive a first round upset against Cornell they are a team to be reckoned with.