March Madness 2019 Bracket: East Region Team-by-Team Guide

March 18, 2019 - 3:23 pm
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Duke is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the heavy betting favorite. The Blue Devils feature phenom Zion Williamson back from a knee injury and dominating, R.J. Barrett proving why he's a future top-five NBA draft pick and point guard Tre Jones becoming a scarier offensive threat each game.

But there are plenty of potential pitfalls for Duke on the way to the Final Four out of the East Region -- a list that starts with No. 2 seed Michigan State, the Big Ten tournament champions who are a perennial tough out under Tom Izzo. 

1. Duke
Record: 29-5
Nickname: Blue Devils
Conference: ACC
Player to Watch: Zion Williamson (22.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 1.8 BPG)

16. North Carolina Central
Record: 18-15
Nickname: Eagles
Conference: MEAC
Player to Watch: Rasean Davis (14.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG)

16. North Dakota State
Record: 18-15
Nickname: Bison
Conference: Summit
Player to Watch: Vinnie Shahid (12.8 PPG)

8. VCU
Record: 25-7
Nickname: Rams
Conference: Atlantic 10 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Marcus Evans (13.8 PPG) 

9. Central Florida
Record: 23-8
Nickname: Knights
Conference: American (at-large)
Player to Watch: Tacko Fall (7-foot-6, 10.9 PPG, 2.5 BPG)

5. Mississippi State
Record: 23-10
Nickname: Bulldogs
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Quinndary Weatherspoon (18.2 PPG, 1.7 SPG)

12. Liberty
Record: 28-6
Nickname: Flames
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Player to Watch: Scottie James (13.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG)

4. Virginia Tech
Record: 24-8
Nickname: Hokies
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Justin Robinson (13.7 PPG, 5.2 APG)

13. Saint Louis
Record: 23-12
Nickname: Billikens
Conference: Atlantic 10
Player to Watch: Javon Bess (15.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG)

6. Maryland
Record: 22-10
Nickname: Terrapins
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Bruno Fernando (13.7 PPG, 10.4 RPG)

11. Belmont
Record: 26-5
Nickname: Bruins
Conference: Ohio Valley (at-large)
Player to Watch: Dylan Windler (21.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG)

11. Temple
Record: 23-9
Nickname: Owls
Conference: American (at-large)
Player to Watch: Shizz Alston Jr. (19.7 PPG, 5.0 APG)

3. LSU
Record: 26-6
Nickname: Tigers
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Naz Reid (13.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG)

14. Yale
Record:  22-7
Nickname: Bulldogs
Conference: Ivy
Player to Watch: Miye Oni (17.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG)

7. Louisville
Record: 20-13
Nickname: Cardinals
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jordan Nwora (17.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG 

10. Minnesota
Record: 21-13
Nickname: Golden Gophers
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jordan Murphy (14.8 PPG, 11.5 RPG)

2. Michigan State
Record: 28-6
Nickname: Spartans
Conference: Big Ten
Player to Watch: Cassius Winston (18.9 PPG, 7.6 APG)

15. Bradley
Record: 20-14
Nickname: Braves
Conference: Missouri Valley
Player to Watch: Darrell Brown (14.7 PPG, 43.9% 3-PT)

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