NCAA East Region Tournament: Team-by-Team Breakdown

Here’s a look at the East Region of the NCAA Tournament as March Madness 2022 gets ready to wrap up Thursday:

No. 1 Baylor (26-6)

Conference: Big 12

Coach: Scott Drew

Publish: The defending national champions opened the season 15-0 – the last side unbeaten – before injuries set in. Kendall Brown, a 6-foot-8 freshman guard, and freshman forward Jeremy Sochan, who does everything but play defensive end, have lived up to expectations, but they’ll need a bumpy guard LJ Cryer healthy and contributing.

No. 16. Norfolk State (24-6)

Conference: CAEM

Coach: Robert Jones

Publish: The Spartans have had a losing season for the past 11 years and have the most wins since the 2011-12 campaign, when they upset second seed Missouri in the NCAA Tournament. This team, which has won 15 of its last 17 games and is led by MEAC Player of the Year Joe Bryant Jr., could be a threat.

No. 8 North Carolina (24-9)

Conference: ACC

Coach: Hubert Davis

Publish: In the tournament for the first time under Davis, who took over from Roy Williams, the Tar Heels have one of the best big men in the ACC in 6-foot-10, double-double machine Armando Bacot. They knocked out Duke in the regular season finale but were still just 2-7 against Quad 1 teams this season and suffered some brutal losses along the way.

North Carolina’s Armando Bacot dunks the ball.

No. 9 Marquette (19-12)

Conference: Great East

Coach: Smart Shaka

Publish: The Golden Eagles, who haven’t made it past the first round since 2013, will try their luck in their first season under Smart, the former Texas and VCU coach. They have a pair of wins over Villanova and another over Providence on their resume, with 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Justin Lewis leading the team in scoring (17.1) and rebounding (7.9). ).

No. 5 St. Mary (25-7)

Conference: COE

Coach: Randy Bennet

Publish: The little hoop giant from Northern California was too young last year, but bounced back and passed Notre Dame and Oregon in November to announce he was back. The Gaels’ defense is ranked among the best in the country and better regarded than the mighty Gonzaga. Senior Matthias Tass, a 6ft 10in striker from Estonia, is a force below.

No. 12 Wyoming (25-8)

Conference: West Mountain

Coach: Jeff Linder

Publish: The Cowboys are entering the tournament for only the second time since 2002. They arrived on the back of 6-foot-9 sophomore forward Graham Ike, a powerful presence in the paint who averages nearly a double -double (19.6 ppg, 9.6 rpg) and senior guard Hunter Maldonado, who combines punching with playing ability.

No. 12 Indiana (20-13)

Conference: Big Ten

Coach: mike woodson

Publish: Woodson, the former Knicks head coach and assistant, found his alma mater in the tournament for the first time since 2016 despite losing seven of his last nine regular season games. The Hoosiers rely on their frontcourt duo of Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson, with Jackson-Davis serving as a strong defensive presence around the rim.

Mike Woodson Leads Indiana to NCAA Tournament

UCLA No. 4 (25-7)

Conference: Pac-12

Coach: Mick Cronin

Publish: The Bruins brought back most of the pieces that led them to a stunning Final Four run as the No. 11 seed last year. They still couldn’t beat Gonzaga – losing in overtime last year and this season by 20 – but fired a balanced group led by leading scorer Johnny Juzang, a junior guard who averaged 22.8 points in from last year’s tournament.

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No. 13 Akron (24-9)

Conference: half american

Coach: John Groce

On-line : With an adjusted tempo ranked 351st slowest in the nation, few teams play slower than the Zips. It worked for Akron, a shooting challenge, in terms of keeping score — he allows just 63.1 points per game, a top 25 nationally — and limiting possessions. Forward Ali Ali – not a typo – leads the Zips with 14.2 ppg.

Texas No. 6 (21-11)

Conference: Big 12

Coach: Chris Beard

Publish: In his first year, Beard made the Longhorns one of the best defenses in the country. After eliminating Kansas earlier this season, Beard said his team was “a Final Four contender.” Four of their top scorers – forward Timmy Allen and guards Andrew Jones, Marcus Carr and Courney Ramey – are seniors.

No. 10 Virginia Tech (23-12)

Conference: ACC

Coach: Mike Young

Publish: The Hokies are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation, ranking fourth with a 39.1 shooting percentage, although that hasn’t necessarily translated into a high-scoring offense. But they also have a strong front-row duo of redshirt senior Keve Aluma and graduate student Justyn Mutts, who helped them finish the season strong in a stunning run to the ACC Tournament title and automatic application.

Mason Gillis and Purdie lose to Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game.

No. 3 Purdue (27-6)

Conference: Big Ten

Coach: matte painter

Publish: The Boilermakers’ long-range shooting can keep them in any game, among the best in the country from beyond the arc. Star guard Jaden Ivey has improved his jumper for his second season, although he is best known for his explosiveness around the rim, while 7-foot-4 Zach Edey and 6-10 Trevion Williams are dangerous inside.

No. 14 Yale (19-11)

Coach: james jones

Conference: Ivy League

Publish: Yale is hot, winning 11 of its last 13 games behind senior guard Azar Swain, the Ivy League’s second-leading scorer with 18.9 points per game. It’s becoming a tradition under Jones for the Bulldogs, their third trip to the dance in their last five opportunities. They are hoping for a repeat of 2016, when they beat fifth-seeded Baylor.

No. 7 Murray State (30-2)

Conference: OVC

Coach: Matt McMahon

Publish: The top-flight Racers beat Memphis but lost to Auburn as they sought tougher non-conference opponents. Sophomore point guard Justice Hill has become one of the nation’s most skilled passers, often connecting with bruising junior forward KJ Williams, their top scorer and a constant double-double threat.

KJ Williams dunks the ball for Murray State.
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#10San Francisco (24-9)

Conference: Western coast

Coach: Todd Golden

Publish: The Dons last reached the tournament in 1998, but have been on an upward trajectory over the past five years, first under Kyle Smith and now under Golden. It’s a senior squad that has been bolstered by the addition of two key transfers: center Yauhen Massalski (San Diego) and shooting guard Gabe Stefanini (Columbia).

Kentucky No. 2 (26-7)

Conference: SECOND

Coach: John Calipari

Publish: After a rare off season, the power plant was rebuilt. Led by Oscar Tshiebwe, the nation’s leading rebounder (15.1 per game), underhand and Sahvir Wheeler, one of the nation’s leading passers (6.9 assists per game), Kentucky can beat you in so many ways. . Knicks fans should be on the lookout for Jacob Toppin, Obi’s brother.

No. 15. St. Peter (19-11)

Conference: MAAC

Coach: Shaheen Holloway

Publish: The Peacocks have held three MAAC Tournament opponents to 63 points or less and have allowed 80+ points only four times all year. Defense and depth — 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes a game, led by junior guard Daryl Banks III — are St. Peter’s calling cards under Holloway, the former Seton Hall star and assistant coach.

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