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NCAA Basketball Tournament East Region Review

April 1, 2014

Last Sunday, before a mostly home crowd at Madison Square Garden, five and a fraction point underdog, Connecticut advanced to the fifth national semi-final in school history, by beating Michigan State.

Connecticut, which won it all on three of its four trips to the national semi-finals, will face top seed Florida in the opening game on Saturday night.

Florida is a six and a half point favorite. Meanwhile Michigan State was denied a ninth trip to the national semi-finals, having won it all twice, once with Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Greg Kelser in 1979 and once under current coach Tom Izzo in 2000.

The loss by Michigan State also means that after correctly forecasting North Carolina to be the 2009 NCAA Basketball champion, President Barack Obama has not picked the NCAA winner for five straight seasons. Welcome to the club, Mr. President.


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