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NCAA Tournament East Region

The East Region is one of the four main regions in the March Madness Tournament. The top seed in the East for the 2017 NCAA Tournament and the overall No. 1 seed for this year’s tournament is the defending champion Villanova Wildcats, who finished 31-3 this season. The other top three seeds in this region are the Duke Blue Devils who went 27-8, the Baylor Bears who finished 25-7 and the Florida Gators who went 24-8.

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2017 East Region Seeds

Villanova

Duke

Baylor

Florida

Virginia

SMU

South Carolina

Wisconsin

Virginia Tech

Marquette

Winner of Providence vs. USC

NC Wilmington

East Tennessee State

New Mexico State

Troy

Winner of Mount St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans

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East Region Betting Schedule

First Round

1 Villanova (31-3) vs. 16 (winner of Mt. St. Mary's vs. New Orleans) - Thursday, March 16 (Buffalo)

8 Wisconsin (25-9) vs. 9 Virginia Tech (22-10) - Thursday, March 16 (Buffalo)

5 Virginia (22-10) vs. 12 UNC Wilmington (29-5) - Thursday, March 16 (Orlando)

4 Florida (24-8) vs. 13 East Tennessee State (27-7) - Thursday, March 16 (Orlando)

6 SMU (29-4) vs. 11 (winner of Providence vs. USC) - Friday, March 17 (Tulsa)

3 Baylor (25-7) vs. 14 New Mexico State (28-5) - Friday, March 17 (Tulsa)

7 South Carolina (22-10) vs. 10 Marquette (19-12) - Friday, March 17 (Greenville, SC)

2 Duke (27-8) vs. 15 Troy (22-14) - Friday, March 17 (Greenville, SC)

Second Round – Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight – Friday, March 24 and Sunday, March 26 (New York)

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2017 East Region Preview

The East should be all about Villanova and Duke, as they are the top two seeds and overall the region could be the weakest of the four in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are the defending national champs and they have the talent to repeat. Villanova has a star player in Josh Hart, a veteran team and they are very well coached.

Many people like Duke to win the East and some thought the Blue Devils should have been a top seed in another region.  The Blue Devils are surging at the right time and they have some talented players including Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen and they are coached by Mike Krzyzewski, so there is a lot to like.

This is the one region where the darkhorses and longshots really don’t look that good because they would have to get past Villanova or Duke. It is hard to see how a team like Baylor, Florida or Virginia is going to beat one of the top two. The team that is at least worth a look is SMU. They have the talent to give Villanova or Duke some trouble. They have Semi Ojeleye who is a former Duke player, and the Mustangs can score. Another team that might have a chance would be Wisconsin, as they have Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes but their problem is they would have to beat Villanova in the second round.

And don’t sleep on South Carolina, as they will be playing in Greenville, so they should have a good edge in crowd support.

Venues Frequently Used In East Region

The venues used in the East Region are oftentimes focused around the New York area with sites like the Carrier Dome in Syracuse being used. New Jersey sites are also popular in this region. The region can expand north into areas in Massachusetts and south into areas like Washington, D.C, and even Charlotte, North Carolina.

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