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Part II of a multi-part series breaking down this year’s Madness.
Part I | Part II (East) | Part III (Midwest)

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EAST REGIONAL

Team Record Conference Team Record Conference
#1 North Carolina 32-2 ACC #16 Coppin State / Mt. St. Mary’s 16-20 / 18-14 MEAC / Northeast
#8 Indiana 25-7 Big Ten #9 Arkansas 22-11 SEC
#5 Notre Dame 24-7 Big East #12 George Mason 23-10 Colonial Athletic Association
#4 Washington State 24-8 Pac 10 #13 Winthrop 22-10 Big South
#6 Oklahoma 22-11 Big 12 #11 St. Joseph 21-12 Atlantic 10
#3 Louisville 24-7 Big East #14 Boise State 25-8 WAC
#7 Butler 29-3 Horizon League #10 South Alabama
Sun Belt
#2 Tennessee 29-4 SEC #15 American 21-11 Patriot League

Lets start with the region with the top seed, North Carolina. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, they do not have to travel far from home playing only 20 miles from Chapel Hill. This in addition to the fact that the #1 seed has never lost a first round game, it does not bode well for Coppin State/ Mt. St. Mary’s. But here at NittanyWhiteOut we care little about the other conferences, especially the SEC so we’ll focus mainly on Indiana.


Seed Favorites Seed Underdogs
ACC

North Carolina


BIG 12

Oklahoma


BIG EAST

Notre Dame, Louisville


BIG TEN

Indiana


PAC 10

Washington State


SEC

Tennessee

Arkansas

mid majors

Butler

Coppin State/Mt. St. Mary’s, George Mason, Winthrop, St. Joseph, Boise State, South Alabama, American

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Indiana will struggle just to get past its opening game with Arkansas who reached the SEC tournament final falling to eventual champion Georgia. Indiana lost to Penn State and Minnesota (middle of the pack Big Ten teams) entering the tournament. Though Indiana’s record and RPI are much stronger than Arkansas, don’t let those stats fool you. Since Kelvin Sanctions departure, Indiana posted a 3-3 record losing to Penn State and Minnesota to close out the regular season. Indiana’s record against teams in the RPI top-50? 3-5 which does not bode well for Hoosier fans considering Arkansas is sitting at #32 in the RPI.



Record overall 25-7 22-11

conference 14-5 11-8

against
tournament
teams
4-5 6-6
Resume RPI 23 32

SOS 59 25

percent 75.0 73.3
Team Stats
per game
Points 75.1 73.6

Turnovers 13.7 15.5

Rebounds 40.8 39.5

Free throw % 0.763 0.672

3pt % 0.346 0.399

Blocks 3.8 5.3

As for predictions for this game? Indiana is favored over the Razorbacks by an average of 1.5 and this will be a great 8-9 seed matchup. This Indiana team is good, very good. But they just haven’t been playing the same since the loss of their head coach. If they can simply get past the fact that he won’t be back and theres nothing they can do to bring him back, they will be able to run this Arkansas team out of town. More detailed breakdown of the matchup at The Hoosier Report for those interested. I will be rooting for the Big Ten teams to reach the Final Four. The committee made it just that much easier since they placed 1 Big Ten team in each region. So here’s to taking the first step and predicting a Hoosier victory over the Razorbacks. We’ll talk about the matchup with the Tar Heels when we cross that bridge.

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