East Regional

Outlook:  Villanova would love to to pick up another trophy at Madison Square Garden.. But it probably won’t happen because of the way the bracket is set up. The Wildcats should breeze through their opening game in Buffalo against either Mount St. Mary’s or New Orleans, but there is danger lurking in the second game if  Wisconsin wins its first game with Virginia Tech.’

Wisconsin has been inconsistent enough to create some doubts, so let’s project the Wildcats back to New York,, where they just won the Big  East tournament.

But this will be a different, much more dangerous group.  Either Virginia or Florida will be the first challenge. Both are capable of beating the Wildcats.

In the bottom half of the bracket, SMU and Duke should emerge and they also can end Villanova’s championship repeat bid. Baylor could be a threat, but it could also be gone in the first round.

My guess is that Virginia will pull off the upset, but the Cavs won’t be able to get past a Duke team that is getting better each game.

Upset Specials: Marquette over South  Carolina. New Mexico State over Baylor

Moving to New York: Villanova, Virginia, SMU, Duke

Regional champ:  Duke