2016 NCAA Tournament: East Region Preview, Predictions

Regional Semi-Finals

Carolina and Kentucky are on a collision course to play in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. The two storied programs feature top flight coaches, talents, and fan bases. John Calipari hasn’t had an issue getting young teams to the Final Four, but this year’s team lacks the veteran leadership that can be found on Roy William’s UNC squad. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson are two on floor leaders that will propel the Tarheels to the Elite 8, but who will they meet for a right to Houston?

Xavier’s depth should get them by Wisconsin while Notre Dame’s ball security and timely shooting should upset a West Virginia team that lives off forcing turnovers, leaving us with a 2 vs 6 matchup. Xavier should advance for several reasons–they possess four players who average double figures in scoring (plus two more who average over 9 PPG). Xavier has also been consistent, ranking in the top ten for most of the season. Notre Dame has had it’s share of ups and downs, but will fall a little short against a deep Musketeer team.

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