NCAA Tournament Eastern Region Preview

By on March 16, 2009 in

The Pittsburg Panthers and Duke Blue Devils have earned the number 1  and 2 seeds for the upcoming men’s basketball NCAA tournament.   Pittsburg (28-4) serves as a heavy favorite to reach the final four with their physical defense and multiple offensive options.  Their big men Sam Young and DeJuan Blair have led them in scoring all year, averaging 19 and 16 points per game.

Duke is hungry for a successful run after going 1-2 in their past two NCAA tournament appearances.  Gerald Henderson, Kyle Singler, and Jon Scheyer will lead their offense.  They have some of the strongest guards in the tournament, but their inside game lacks.

Villanova clinched the number 3 seed in the East this year, finishing with a 26-7 regular season record.  They will be a strong contender as they have held opponents to 67 points per game all year while shooting 37 percent from 3 point range.  Xavier (ranked #4) could be a team to upset the top seeds if they find a way to play close to their early season form. They started their season off strong with a 20-2 record, but then slipped in the standings after going 5-5 in their last 10 games.  Look for Florida State, UCLA, Texas, and Tennessee to possibly make strong runs of their own.

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