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As we were last year, MSF will be your home for comprehensive NCAA Tournament information, commentary, and bracket advice.
This post will break down the bracket for the East Regional, with Elite 8 and Sweet 16 games to be played in Syracuse, New York at the Carrier Dome on March 25th and 27th.
You can also view our St. Louis Midwest Regional Bracket Breakdown, Salt Lake City West Regional Bracket Breakdown, Houston South Regional Bracket Breakdown, or the full 2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown.
Syracuse East Region Bracket
Before we get to the bracket, here is some quick meta and ticket info for the 2010 East Regional:
- East Regional Venue: Carrier Dome
- Top 4 seeds: TBA
Ticket Information for First and Second Round Sites: first round locations are based on pod system. Find the location for each game below, and then follow the links below to find great deals on tickets for all first and second round sites in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
- StubHub: Tickets to East Region First and Second Round Games
- RazorGator: Tickets to East Region First and Second Round Games
Ticket Information for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in Syracuse:
- StubHub: Tickets for East Region Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in Syracuse
- RazorGator: Tickets for East Region Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in Syracuse
Now, let’s break down the bracket for the East Region of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. First, a few quick notes:
- This should go without saying, but for any March Madness first-timers: all games are on CBS. You’ll have to check your local listings to find out which games are on in your area.
- All games can be viewed live online for free at the following link:
Watch NCAA Tournament Games Online at March Madness On Demand
- The table below provides the following details on a game-by-game basis: date, time, location, announcers, and the point spread. It is updated as the information becomes available. If any piece of information is missing or wrong, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’ll appreciate it. I promise.
- All NCAA Tournament announcer assignment information is courtesy of Fang’s Bites.
Here is the schedule breakdown for the 2010 Syracuse East Regional:
East Region Bracket, TV Schedule, Sites, Announcers
|1||#1 Kentucky 100 def #16 E. Tenn. St. 71||Thu, 3/18||7:15 ET||New Orleans||Enberg-Bilas||UK -20.5|
|2||#9 Wake Forest 81 def #8 Texas 80||Thu, 3/18||9:35 ET||New Orleans||Enberg-Bilas||TEX -4|
|3||#4 Wisconsin 53 def #13 Wofford 49||Fri, 3/19||2:50 ET||Jacksonville||Nantz-Kellogg||WIS -9|
|4||#12 Cornell 78 v #5 Temple 65||Fri, 3/19||12:30 ET||Jacksonville||Nantz-Kellogg||TEM -4|
|5||#2 West Virginia 77 def #15 Morgan State 50||Fri, 3/19||12:15 ET||Buffalo||JOHNSON-Elmore||WVU -17|
|6||#10 Missouri 86 def #7 Clemson 78||Fri, 3/19||2:35 ET||Buffalo||JOHNSON-Elmore||CLEM -1|
|7||#3 New Mexico 62 def #14 Montana 57||Thu, 3/18||9:40 ET||San Jose||Dedes-Wenzel||UNM -9|
|8||#11 Washington 80 def #6 Marquette 78||Thu, 3/18||7:20 ET||San Jose||Dedes-Wenzel||MARQ -1.5|
|9||#1 Kentucky 90 def #9 Wake Forest 60||Sat, 3/20||8:15 PM||New Orleans||Enberg-Bilas||UK -9|
|10||#12 Cornell 87 def #4 Wisconsin 69||Sun, 3/21||2:50 ET||Jacksonville||Nantz-Kellogg||WIS -4.5|
|11||#2 West Virginia 68 def #10 Missouri 59||Sun, 3/21||2:40 ET||Buffalo||JOHNSON-Elmore||WVU -6|
|12||#11 Washington 82 def #3 New Mexico 64||Sat, 3/20||5:50 PM||San Jose||Dedes-Wenzel||UW -1.5|
|13||#1 Kentucky 62 def 12 Cornell 45||3/25||9:57 ET||Syracuse, NY||Enberg-Bilas||UK -9.5|
|14||#2 West Virginia 69 def #11 Washington 56||3/25||7:27 ET||Syracuse, NY||Enberg-Bilas||WVU -4.5|
|ELITE 8 - REGIONAL FINAL|
|15||#2 West Virginia 73 def #1 Kentucky 66||Sat, 3/27||7:30 ET||Syracuse, NY||Enberg-Bilas||UK -4|
If you want to view an actual bracket, here you go.
East Region Picks & Predictions
First Round Picks
- #1 Kentucky over #16 East Tennessee State
- #8 Texas over #9 Wake Forest
- #5 Temple over #12 Cornell
- #4 Wisconsin over #13 Wofford
- #11 Washington over #6 Marquette
- #3 New Mexico over #14 Montana
- #10 Missouri over #7 Clemson
- #2 West Virginia over #15 Morgan State
Lots of chalk here expect for Missouri over Clemson and Washington over Marquette, which continues this year’s theme of Big East teams making exits earlier than I expected. Washington is a dangerous team though because of their backcourt, and they could give the Golden Eagles trouble on the glass. This is a 6-11 upset I can roll with. Many people will be picking Cornell to beat Temple – especially after Jay Bilas’ fellated them during the Selection Sunday Special on ESPN – but I think the Owls are a very good, very underrated team that will not fall prey to the 5-12 upset.
Second Round Picks
- #1 Kentucky over #8 Texas
- #5 Temple over #4 Wisconsin
- #3 New Mexico over #11 Washington
- #2 West Virginia over #10 Missouri
Texas is talented and has the potential to give Kentucky trouble, but I don’t trust them and the stats definitely are in Kentucky’s favor. Temple, as I said above, is very good. I like Wisconsin, but they aren’t in the Kohl Center. New Mexico and West Virginia are both very good teams and should be able to dispose of their double-digit seeded opponents, but the Mountaineers better be wary of a Missouri team that has a few players back from last year’s team tourney run.
Sweet 16 Picks
- #1 Kentucky over #5 Temple
- #3 New Mexico over #2 West Virginia
Temple has the experience and solid ball handling that should give Kentucky trouble, but the talent disparity is simply too great. Kentucky moves on. West Virginia is going to be a trendy Final Four pick by many because they won the Big East. However, I have two questions: 1) how fresh will they be? 2) can they score enough? New Mexico is a team that is underrated on a national scale, but is a team with experience that can score while not turning it over much. It will be a great contrast of styles than I like New Mexico to win, as my system predicted.
Elite 8 Pick
- #1 Kentucky over #3 New Mexico
I think West Virginia would be more troublesome for Kentucky in this spot, simply because of how rugged they are. New Mexico can create problems for Kentucky, but it is hard to deny the talent of the Wildcats. I would not be surprised to see them get tripped up somewhere along the way because of their youth, but I have no problems picking the most talented team in America to make the Final Four.
To view my Final Four picks, follow the link to my 2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions.
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