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NCAA bracket: Who will win the East Regional?

March 12, 2012|By Houston Mitchell
  • Dion Waiters of Syracuse during the semifinals of the Big East tournament on Friday.
Dion Waiters of Syracuse during the semifinals of the Big East tournament… (Chris Trotman / Getty Images )

We are asking you to predict the winners of each of the NCAA basketball tournament regionals today, and moving on to the East Regional. A quick breakdown before we get to the poll:

Top four seeds: Syracuse (31-2), Ohio State (27-7), Florida State (24-9), Wisconsin (24-9).

Upset specials: No. 12 Harvard over No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 10 West Virginia over No. 7 Gonzaga.

2012 NCAA tournament interactive brackets

Mike Hiserman's rim shots:

--With its upset of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference title game, Vanderbilt may have become something of a trendy tournament darkhorse. Well, before climbing on the bandwagon, note this: In its last two NCAA appearances, the Commodores were upset by 13th-seeded Murray State in 2010 and 12th-seeded Richmond last year.

--Junior guard John Jenkins of Vanderbilt is among the nation’s top scorers (20.0 ppg) and three-point shooters (45.3%). The Commodores can fill it up from beyond the arc, averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game and shooting 39% as a team.

--This is Gonzaga’s 15th NCAA tournament, but the Bulldogs have advanced past the first weekend only twice in their last 10 appearances.

So who advances to the Final Four from this region? Vote now and let us know what you think.

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