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March Madness Betting – East region is bracket to watch this March

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Monday, 15 March 2010 20:17

March Madness BettingLooking over this year’s March Madness odds will take up a lot of time this year if you want to do well, and if you’re looking for a tough bracket, it’s the East region. This game to get into the Final Four will take place at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, home of one of the top seeds in the big dance. It’ll be a tough road, but another No.1 seed should come out on top.

Kentucky was always going to be the top seed wherever they were, and they are arguably the most exciting team in the country, capable of rattling off a 20-0 run at any time. This freshman-heavy team is led by John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe, but the key may be Patrick Patterson, the junior who has stepped back to let his younger teammates take the spotlight. However, they’re going to face a tough out in the second round when they’ll face either No.8 Texas or No.9 Wake Forest, two of the country’s biggest disappointments. The Longhorns were the No.1 team in the country before a brutal second-half slide caused by inexperience in the backcourt, while the Demon Deacons have a possible lottery pick in sophomore forward Al-Faroud Aminu. There’s definitely the possibility of this year’s 5-12 upset coming out of the East, when No.5 Temple will meet No.12 Cornell, who rolled to the Ivy League title and have won their last seven games of the season. The best game of the entire first round could be No.6 Marquette, who never seem to get much credit, against No.11 Washington, who needed to win the Pac-10 tournament just to get here.

On the other side of the bracket, West Virginia should have an easier road, but we’re betting management, especially coach Bob Huggins, isn’t acting that way. The Mountaineers won the Big East tournament and some thought that would be enough to get a No.1 seed for West Virginia, who were considered to be a strong darkhorse at the beginning of the year. The game between No.7 Clemson and No.10 Missouri is up in the air, especially as Clemson lost to lowly North Carolina State in the first round of the ACC tournament, while Mizzou lost three of their last four games of the year, including a big loss to Nebraska in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

All in all, Kentucky has the talent to get to Syracuse, and they should do so. They’re inexperienced, which hurts around this time of year, but they have an extraordinary amount of talent for such a young team and a bonafide leader in Wall, who is mature beyond his years. West Virginia should be rested on the other side of the bracket, but Kentucky doesn’t need much rest with their young legs and an excellent coach in John Calipari. Look out for Kentucky’s odds on NCAA basketball.

 
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