2014 March Madness: East Region Predictions

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Mar 19, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) dunks during practice before the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


(1) Virginia Cavaliers vs. (4) Michigan State Spartans

Friday, March 28th

Analysis: If you ever saw the movie 300, you’d know that it’s best not to mess around with Spartans. How awesome would it be if Tom Izzo walked to center court to talk with Tony Bennett and straight drop kicked him in the chest?

While I doubt that will happen, I do believe that Michigan State will find a way to pull off the upset. #IzzoMagic

(3) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (7) UConn Huskies

Friday, March 28th

Analysis: Nate Silver believes the Cyclones have a 20% chance of advancing to the Elite Eight, but they’ll need to get past Shabazz Napier and the Huskies in order to do so. These teams have contrasting styles of play, with the Huskies preferring a more half-court approach to the Cyclones up and down tempo. Whoever controls the tempo of the game will have the upper hand and unfortunately for UConn fans, I think Melvin Ejim and the Cyclones end the “Kemba Walker-esque” run of the Huskies.

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