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Monday, March 12, 2012
Who's coming to Boston next weekend?

By ESPNBoston.com



So who will be coming to Boston next weekend when the NCAA men's basketball East Regional is held at TD Garden?

In the video above, Andy Katz and Doug Gottlieb analyze the East and make their picks for who will be cutting down the Garden nets. (Spoiler alert: Neither picks top seed Syracuse.)

As ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf breaks down the East Region, he looks at some potential games in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds:

1. Syracuse-Vanderbilt: The Commodores (39 percent from beyond the arc) could exploit Syracuse's zone. Vanderbilt also has veteran talent that won't succumb to the pressure of the moment if it meets the Orange in the Sweet 16. At the same time, no team in America can match Syracuse's depth. And Jim Boeheim has one of the most versatile teams in the entire field.

2. Ohio State-Cincinnati: There would be a lot of beef inside in this Sweet 16 matchup with Yancy Gates (6-9, 260 pounds) and Sullinger (17.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg) inside. I like the Sean Kilpatrick-Dion Dixon combo against Aaron Craft and William Buford, too. They're both gritty and edgy. There will be a lot of trash-talking and scrappy basketball if this meeting happens.

3. Florida State-Wisconsin: This is not the TV-friendly matchup that the execs operating the tournament want in the Elite Eight. But both the Badgers and Seminoles could end up here with their defensive capabilities. It wouldn't be a sexy matchup. First one to 45 might get the victory. But for folks who appreciate defense, this matchup would be a dream. For everyone else, it might be hard to watch.


Medcalf also notes that while every team in the field is motivated, "if Harvard, a 12-seed, advances to the Sweet 16, the Crimson will compete at TD Garden in Boston, just a few miles from campus. Tough task with Vandy and Wisconsin possibly blocking its path."