NCAA Tournament East Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

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My hands still sting from all the loud clapping I did during Marquette‘s third round victory against Syracuse.  As winnable as their first two games were, reality sets in a bit as the Golden Eagles have a mountain to climb if they want to complete an improbable run to the Final FourOhio State, North Carolina, and Kentucky are all powerhouse programs loaded with NBA talent.  Here is my breakdown of the Sweet 16 West Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

By: David Kay
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Marquette Advances to the Sweet 16

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“This team?” a friend asked me just minutes after Marquette sealed a third round NCAA Tournament victory against Syracuse to earn their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2003. Yes, THIS team.

Not the Golden Eagle group led by the Big Three of Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal, and Dominic James that suffered heart-wrenching second round losses in back-to-back years (Damn you Brook Lopez. Damn you ref who called Lazar Hayward for stepping over the line on that inbounds pass.)  Not last year’s overachieving bunch that earned a six seed and just seemed poised to make a run but were instead upset in the opening round by Washington.

THIS team that lost 14 games, finished as the 11th seed in the Big East Tournament, and frustrated the hell out of me far too often this year is one of sixteen teams still standing in the Big Dance.

By: David Kay
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