NCAA Tournament – East Regional Schedule
Each season when the college basketball season gets under way every
team has one goal in mind: win enough games to make it to the NCAA Tournament. By the time March comes around and teams have
been selected they are looking to advance as far as possible. Teams making the South Regional have already advanced past the
first weekend of the tournament and now have their eyes set on the biggest prize of them all, a trip to the Final Four and
a potential National Championship. These teams are some of the best in college basketball and they are all looking to keep
their miraculous run alive and be the last one standing in the regional round.
The East Regional traditionally has some
of the best teams and is one of the toughest brackets in the tournament and this year should be no different. The 2014 East
Regional will be held in New York City at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks of the NBA and an arena that
was designed with basketball in mind. The Sweet Sixteen will take place on Friday March 28th, while the two winners of Friday's
games will square off on Sunday the 30th in the Elite Eight with a spot in the Final Four on the line. No college basketball
fan will want to miss the excitement of watching four skilled teams battle for a chance at the National Championship so start
making plans to be in Memphis in March now!
About the Teams
Each year sixteen teams are chosen to take
part in the South Regional and are given seeds from number one through number sixteen. The number one seed in the region is
ranked as one of the top four college basketball teams in the country and is given a legitimate shot at winning the National
Championship. However, in the NCAA Tournament things do not always go as planned which is precisely what makes it so exciting.
Year after year there are underdog teams coming seemingly from out of nowhere to knock off the powerhouse programs and continue
to advance. This year you may have the chance to see the next legendary Cinderella run take place in New York when the East
Regional hits Madison Square Garden. The amazing athletes taking the court during the NCAA Tournament and leading their teams
to victory are the NBA stars of the future and you have the chance to see them playing their hearts out for their school before
they make it to the pros. In many ways the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight are part of the most exciting weekend in college
basketball if not all of sports, and some of the closest games in the NCAA Tournament occur during the Regionals.
College basketball is an sports event unlike any other. Featuring many of the greatest student athletes
in the world along with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, these games have an atmosphere that cannot be found
anywhere else. When you step into Madison Square Garden for East Regional semifinals and finals this will all be clear. As
the teams get set for the opening tip off, fans stand up and loudly cheer for their favorite team. The game continues full
of back and forth action, big time shots, and clutch defensive stops. Before you know it the clock is winding down in the
second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another historic NCAA Tournament game. Your palms get sweaty with each
trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles
the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the winning side erupts after another big win and their fans flow out
of the arena in jubilation.
March Madness is an event even casual sports fans know well,
and millions end up filling out brackets at work or with friends. The ubiquity of the brackets in March turns millions of
sports fans into sudden college basketball experts but really the only way to know what you are talking about come tournament
time is to follow the season from the start, seeing how certain teams match up and what could be the fatal flaw of a serious
contender who is doomed to fall to a Cinderella in March. The one and done nature of the postseason tournament gives every
school that makes the field a chance and this is precisely what makes NCAA basketball such a thrill.
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament dates back to 1939 and now features 68 teams who are invited to participate. To date UCLA
leads the pack with 11 national titles while Kentucky is second with eight. Ten of UCLA's eleven National Championships were
won under the guidance of legendary coach John Wooden, arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time.