The East is big this year. The East men’s college bracket is very well where the national champion may come from. This is as tough a bracket as any. There are so many good teams here from, of course, all across the country. If you’re like so many, now is the time to get started with the brackets, with the NCAA, as March Madness will start here before you know it. Yes, the Play-In games haven’t occurred yet, but you can get right on your task to bet on March Madness East men’s college basketball bracket here.
The High Seeds
The number one seed in the East is Baylor. The Bears have had a wonderful season. They’re as tough an out as the tournament has. This very well could be the year that the Bears cut down the nets at the end of things. Baylor opens with Norfolk State but, as you know, a 16 beating a 1 is rare indeed. Odds are it doesn’t happen here this year, either.
On the other side of the bracket, the East has Kentucky. There are consistent national powers, and then there’s Kentucky. John Calipari has a team that’s as good as ever, one with a real chance to bring home the national championship yet again. They open with Saint Peter’s, who is accomplished for a 15 seed but, again, is unlikely to be much of a challenge for perennial power Kentucky.
The Middle Seeds
The three seed comes out of the Big 10, the Purdue Boilermakers. Another good team that very well could have been ranked higher (but, in this bracket, they’re a definite third behind the Wildcats and the Bears). They take on Yale from the Ivy League. Yes, 14 and 3 upsets are more common than many people think, but, if you miss one of these, it’s entirely possible that you lose the entire bracket. How do you see this one going?
On the other side, the 4 seed are the Bruins of UCLA Bruins. Many thought that UCLA would have a better season so far after last year, but that’s what this tournament is all about. It doesn’t matter what you did before it, it matters what you’re doing now. Now, they get the Akron Zips, the 13 seed, in what could be a better game than many realize. How do you see the Zips and the Bruins going?
The Maybe Upsets
Five seeds and twelve seeds are where many of the upsets come from, traditionally. That could happen here, too. Saint Mary’s is getting the winner of Wyoming and Indiana. The Gaels aren’t a bad team by any means, they shoot well, in fact, but they could struggle with either the Cowboys or the Hoosiers.
In an intriguing matchup, the six and the eleven is the Texas Longhorns taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies. This SEC and ACC game is one of those intriguing head to heads that only the tournament can provide with these kinds of stakes. The seven in the East is Murray State, and they get San Francisco in a game of two teams that, frankly, much of the nation doesn’t know much about yet. So, if you do your research, you could come out ahead.
Of course, when it comes to teams that folks know quite a bit about, there are few more well-known than the North Carolina Tar Heels. That said, this NC team doesn’t quite have the pedigree of Tar Heels teams past (of course, they did beat Coach K in his last game at Cameron). They get Marquette in an intriguing matchup.
That’s it, that’s the East. The games start Thursday. How do you see this going? Does Baylor hold serve and be chalk on their way to the Final Four? Does Calipari take the Wildcats back? Or, does something else happen? You can bet all basketball games right here.