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2010 Bracket Series: East Region- Sweet 16

The Madness resumes tonight, and the two regions in the Sweet 16 that will be playing tonight is the East Region & West Region. The Midwest Region and South Region matchups will be posted tomorrow night to TSX! Right now, the focus will be on the East Region, and some two intriguing matchups. Starting with the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Cornell Big Red, which will be preceded by the Washington Huskies and the West Virginia Mountaineers

(1) Kentucky Wildcats vs. (12) Cornell Big Red- Cornell has the potential to be an Elite Eight, or dare we say, a Final Four team. A lot of people are going to think that the young and high flying Wildcats are going to steamroll the Big Red, but this Cornell team is a veteran bunch, that took the Kansas Jayhawks to the wire. If Cornell and keep Kentucky grounded and play solid defense, they have a great chance. What Kentucky must do is continue to play good perimeter defense. They have allowed just 18% from 3-point range, and if they continue to do that, it should be a win. Calipari wants that National Championship, so advantage goes to UK, but do NOT be surprised if Cornell pulls off an upset.

(2) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (11) Washington Huskies- Who would’ve thought the Pac-10 would be better than the Big East in this NCAA Tournament? The Huskies are looking like the team that was supposed to dominate a weak Pac-10, and definitely have their swagger back and are playing with a boatload of confidence. The odds for Washington to make an Elite Eight run have been more evened out with the unfortunate injury to West Virginia player Darryl Bryant. Two schools with guys that have been together for a long time, is going to make for a great game. In terms of coaching, the advantage definitely goes to West Virginia, but the game can go either way.

Check back Friday for a look at the Elite Eight Matchup from the winners of these games! Next up: The West Region Sweet 16 matchups.

2010 Bracket Series: East Region- 2nd Round

The East Region 2nd round will present some interesting matchups. After dispatching East Tennessee State with ease, the Kentucky Wildcats face a team with a similar style to them in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, but how much is drained from the Deacs emotional OT win over Texas? The Cornell Big Red took out the Temple Owls with ease, and if the Wisconsin Badgers look anything like they did against the Wofford Terriers, Cornell should have no problem with Wisconsin. Washington took out Marquette and will face the New Mexico Lobos, in an interesting matchup. Finally a very interesting matchup between the Missouri Tigers and West Virginia Mountaineers.

(1) Kentucky vs. (9) Wake Forest- These two teams are similar. They have quickness, they have size, and they have two of the fastest point guards in the college game right now in John Wall (Kentucky) and Ishmael Smith (Wake Forest). Kentucky’s size is much bigger than Wake’s w/ DeMarcus Cousins & Daniel Orton. UK should pull off the upset.

(4) Wisconsin vs. (12) Cornell- UPSET ALERT! The Big Red have a great inside-outside game, and if they continue the hot shooting and strong defensive play, Wisconsin is in trouble. The Badgers will have to guard the perimeter with no flaws if they want a chance to win.

(3) New Mexico vs. (11) Washington- Both teams haven’t played tough opponents all season, but the Huskies were tested against Marquette and passed. This is going to be a big test for the Lobos to make it to the Sweet 16. Are they up for the challenge?

(2) West Virginia vs. (10) Missouri- Missouri is definitely no Morgan State. With Mike Anderson’s 40 Minutes of Hell in effect, and the way Missouri exploded on Clemson, the Mountaineers can not have another 0-11 start like they did against Morgan State. If they do, Mizzou will definitely make them pay. West Virginia has more weapons though, and should pull it off at the end of the day.

Next on the Bracket Series: The South Region.

2010 Bracket Series: East Region- 1st Round

The 2010 TSX Bracket Series continues with the East Region, while this region is not as loaded as the Midwest, it should feature some intriguing matchups.

(1) Kentucky vs. (16) East Tennessee State- The Wildcats young bunch are going to experience some jitters and nerves before the game, as they have not been on this stage before. But they have a great coach in John Calipari. ETSU is no stranger to giving teams a run for their money, as they did w/ Pitt a year ago. They will give Kentucky a run early, but UK will pull away in the end. However, in all the 1/16 games, this is one to watch the closest.

(8) Texas vs. (9) Wake Forest- Texas struggled, and Wake Forest was a surprise entrant in the Tourney over a team like Mississippi State. If Dexter Pittman can wake up and play like he did at the start of the season, Texas should be able to move on. However, the last few teams that was ranked #1 to fall out completely of the rankings, have seen first round exits.

(5) Temple vs. (12) Cornell- UPSET ALERT! Many people sleep on Cornell, they are a tourney tested team, that took the #1 team Kansas to the wire IN Allen Fieldhouse, where KU has won 59 straight games. The Owls are also a tourney tested team, but if any one of the #5 seeds needs to be on alert, it’s the Owls. Cornell in an upset.

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Wofford- The SoCon champion Terriers have a remote chance of an upset, but if Bo Ryan can get the team to refocus after a disappointing Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers should have no problem. Jason Bohanon and Travon Hughes will need to show up in this game to move on.

(6) Marquette vs. (11) Washington- Marquette is hot at the right time, and Washington has disappointed in a season where it could’ve dominated the Pac-10. Marquette moves on in this game, and could be the dark horse in the East Region.

(3) New Mexico vs. (14) Montana- Montana is a good opponent for the Lobos, who have had one of their best seasons in years, and one of Steve Alford’s best seasons as a coach. The Lobos should not see an early exit in this one.

(7) Clemson vs. (10) Missouri- How these two teams got in and Mississippi State did not is surprising, but they are here, and with the way Missouri has played as of late (getting blown out at home against Kansas, and an early exit from the Big XII Tournament), don’t go w/ Missouri, Clemson should pull off the victory.

(2) West Virginia vs. (15) Morgan State- The Bears had a above .500 record in non-conference play, and with Todd Bozeman, who has big-game coaching experience, there is an outside chance they could pull off a huge upset, but DeSean Butler , and West Virginia are too hot, and they are the best overall #2 seed. The Mountaineers win in this one, but not without a fight.

Next on the Bracket Series: the South Region