The 2013 East Regional has a little bit of everything: a well-documented contender throughout the year in Indiana, a surprise elite team in Miami, the classic Cinderella pick in Butler and a team named after a fruit and/or color (we’re not sure which) in Syracuse. To be sure, there are lots of other contenders worth mentioning: Marquette could easily make a run, and freshman sensation Anthony Bennett could lead UNLV further than we expect. But will anyone prevent a seemingly scripted Miami-Indiana matchup? Upsets and Final Four pick after the jump.
Most Likely Upset: No. 11 Bucknell over No. 6 Butler
I was tempted to pick Davidson over Marquette here, but SportsCenter has informed me that Stephen Curry is now regularly dropping 40 points per night for Golden State and no longer plays in college. It’s probably a stupid idea to bet against Brad Stevens in March (incredibly, he’s cemented a Tom Izzo-like reputation in just a few years), but I’ll do it anyway. Butler has been wildly inconsistent this year, knocking off Indiana and Gonzaga but losing to Charlotte and La Salle, while senior center Mike Muscala and Bucknell have crushed their competition consistently. I’m taking Bucknell, the little team that could out of the Patriot League — yes, the same Patriot League that Georgetown plays football in — in a close one.
Low Seed Most Likely to Make a Run: Butler