March Madness 2019: East Region stats, upsets, sleepers that will decide the NCAA bracket

first_img…And the agony of defeat : Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history :  It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw:Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history :  The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” Duke earned the No. 1 seed in the East Region on Selection Sunday. But, the Blue Devils will face multiple top challengers as they attempt to once again reach the Final Four.Duke lost to Virginia Tech during the regular season and may have to play it again in the tournament while Michigan State, who was also in contention for a top spot in the bracket, is seeded second in the region and is a threat to make a deep run. MARCH MADNESS: Interactive and printable bracketsNCAA bracket: East RegionNo. 1 seed Duke’s earliest threatNo. 9 UCF: The Golden Knights are a talented team led by guard B.J. Taylor and 7-foot-6-inch center Tacko Fall. They could challenge the Blue Devils if they top VCU in the first round.UCF coach Johnny Dawkins played for Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and served as an assistant under him for nine seasons.The most eye-popping stat3: Duke is the top ranked team in this year’s tournament. Only three teams in that position have won the championship since overall seeding began in 2004, according to ESPN.MORE REGION PREVIEWS: West | Midwest | SouthThe most overrated seedNo. 6 Maryland: The Terrapins were inconsistent all season long and have losses to Illinois, Penn State and Nebraska on their resume. They’ll have a hard time with the winner of the Belmont-Temple First Four matchup.The most dangerous sleeperNo. 12 Liberty: The Flames are 58th in the NET Rankings, ahead of Minnesota as well as Arizona State and directly behind Seton Hall. They also came away with a win at UCLA and beat bubble team Lipscomb twice, including in the ASUN title game, in 2018-19.Liberty is balanced offensively as six different players average more than 7.3 points per game. It’ll give No. 5 Mississippi State a game and has a chance to play into the second weekend.SN’S MARCH MADNESS HQ:Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsThe first-round upset alertNo. 3 LSU:  The Tigers finished with the outright SEC regular season title and were in contention for a No. 1 seed entering Championship Week. LSU, however, has recently dealt with off-the-court issues, including the indefinite suspension of coach Will Wade, and lost in its opening game of the conference tournament. No. 14 Yale upset Baylor in 2016 — the last time it reached the tournament — and could do the same thing again to the Tigers.The Final Four pickDuke: The Blue Devils were clearly the best team in the country this season with a healthy Zion Williamson. They’ll be tested in the East Region but will have the two best players on the court in every game — Williamson and fellow freshman RJ Barrett — which gives them a major advantage.March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven :  Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title : The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout : In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City : Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx : They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. More than a timeout : The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. Danny and the Miracles : Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.Chalmers’ shot still resonates : Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.DeCourcy’s best of 30 years : Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory… : Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. last_img

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