March Madness Simulated 2010: East Region Results

You are looking live at….your monitor! After the jump, we kick off a new season of March Madness Simulated with the East region results. Can Kentucky’s young guns overcome tournament jitters and march to Indy?

First Round

#1 Kentucky vs. #16 East Tennessee State

Just like last year, the Buccaneers gave a top seeded opponent a brave battle. Tommy Hubbard’s three at the buzzer cut Kentucky’s lead to just 30-25 at halftime. They started the 2nd half with an 8-1 run to take a stunning 33-31 lead with 18:02 left in the game. Kentucky regained the lead and grabbed a 50-43 advantage with 8:03 remaining, but ETSU stormed back and were up 62-61 with just under 4 minutes to go. Unfortunately for them, their shooting went cold and the Wildcats’ John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins fueled a game-clinching 8-2 run and they never looked back. Kentucky 74 ETSU 64

#8 Texas vs. #9 Wake Forest

A close game turned into a double digit victory for Texas over the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest hadn’t trailed for 19:30 of the first half, but J’Covan Brown’s free throws but Texas 34-33 up at the break. From there, Wake Forest’s cold shooting night (20/58 shots made, a paltry 34.5%) would doom them in the 2nd half. In the final 5:47 of the contest Wake Forest hit only 2 field goals and 2 free throws. Their sputtering offense down the stretch meant Texas’ 60-56 lead would stretch to double digits, and it sent WF packing. Perhaps they needed Texas’ Dexter Pittman, who drained 6-9 shots and scored 14 points to go with his 8 rebounds to send Rick Barnes’ team to the next round. Texas 74 Wake Forest 60

#5 Temple vs. #12 Cornell

Cornell has been a popular upset pick in several brackets because of their ability to knock down threes. Well the Big Red responded with a 9/17 effort from downtown in the game and were up on the Owls 39-33 at halftime. Temple would go on to win this game however because they not only were successful from three (8/17), but actually went to the free throw line and had a +10 rebound advantage. All of this spurred the rally and in the final seconds they had a 68-62 lead. Cornell fought back as Ryan Wittman hit a trey with only :08 to go. But Lavoy Allen made 1 of 2 free throws with :06 left and it was enough to stave off the upset. Temple 69 Cornell 65

#4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Wofford

Not a pretty game for those who like offense. Wofford didn’t have a single player who had double-digits in scoring. Luckily, Wisconsin was awful in the 1st half and only led 25-23 at intermission. They woke up in the 2nd half with an 11-2 run to go up 36-25 and Wofford never got the lead down to 7 the rest of the way. Wisconsin 61 Wofford 48

#6 Marquette vs. #11 Washington

Stupid, biased refs giving Marquette the game. Granted, Washington should’ve actually hit their free throws (12/20 compared to 25/29). I call shenanigans on this result! Marquette 84 Washington 77

#3 New Mexico vs. #14 Montana

Montana’s Anthony Johnson made yet another Herculean effort, going 8-12 from the floor and hitting all 10 of his free throws. With just 2:08 left in the game the Grizzlies were up 74-66…..but then Johnson committed his 5th foul and his night was done. The Lobos chipped away at that lead and found themselves within 2 in the closing seconds. Jack McGillis was sent to the line with :04 left and a chance to seal it for Montana….

“McGillis hits the first free throw! It’s his first point of the night!!! If he makes the next one that will do it!!! AND HE DOES!!! MONTANA LEADS BY 4!! DARINGTON HOBSON FOR THREE AT THE OTHER END! SHORT!!! AND MONTANA HAS UPSET NEW MEXICO!!!” Montana 78 New Mexico 74

#7 Clemson vs. #10 Missouri

In the battle of the Tigers, Missouri pounced on the vulnerable and inconsistent Clemson in the first half. At halftime it was 43-28 Missouri and Oliver Purnell’s side never really got back into the game. Sure they cut it to single digits a few times but Missouri either shot it up to double digits again or the game was in hand. Missouri 78 Clemson 69

#2 West Virginia vs. #15 Morgan State

Once upton a time this was a 35-31 game after 20:00 of play. Then Morgan State quit playing basketball and got annihilated. The Mountaineers post the biggest blowout victory of the region. West Virginia 84 Morgan State 54

Second Round

#1 Kentucky vs. #8 Texas

If you attack the basket and get to the free throw line, you’ll probably win the game. Kentucky was 27-34 from the charity stripe compared to Texas’ 12-19 was critical in the Wildcats’ victory. It looked like Kentucky would turn a relatively tight game into a laugher when they led 72-59 with a little over 4:00 left, but the valiant Longhorns mounted a furious comeback and were only down 76-73 with 1:31 remaining. Darnell Dodson’s three at the 1 minute mark however removed all doubt as to what the outcome would be. Kentucky 84 Texas 75

#4 Wisconsin vs. #5 Temple

Wisconsin blitzed Temple with a 16-3 start to the game and the Owls couldn’t recover. Kind of a boring game, to be honest. Wisconsin 67 Temple 54

#6 Marquette vs. #14 Montana

The clock struck midnight on Cinderella as the Montana Grizzlies could not sustain their first half success against Marquette. It looked like another upset was in order when they held a 39-34 lead at the break. The Golden Eagles slowly chipped away at the lead and then late on in the 2nd half took a double digit lead and avoided being another victim of Montana’s upset train. Marquette 74 Montana 66

#2 West Virginia vs. #10 Missouri

You don’t need to know what happened in the first 39 minutes of the game other than Missouri being up by 10 before choking away that lead. The final minute, with Missouri back up 60-57, better be happening in the real tournament…

“West Virginia needs to hurry. Kevin Jones to Da’Sean Butler on the wing! He hits with :17 left and it’s 60-59. Jones quickly fouls Kim English and only a second comes off. He misses the first! Crucial miss down the stretch! And he’s missed another! Rebound West Virginia with a chance to win it. They put it in the hands od Butler with a few seconds left. THREE SECONDS NOW! BUTLER SHOOTING FOR THE WIN!!! HE HAS IT!!!! AND BUTLER DOES IT AGAIN FOR WEST VIRGINIA!!!!!!” West Virginia 61 Missouri 60

Insane stuff.

Semifinals

#1 Kentucky vs. #4 Wisconsin

With 10:31 left in regulation, Kentucky was up 56-41 and comfortably ahead of the underdog Badgers. For the next 5:19 the Badgers did all of the scoring and cut the deficit to 56-50. With 2:09 remaining Kentucky continued to hang on for life up 62-55. Then BANG! Wisconsin went on a 10-0 outburst, 7 coming from Trevon Hughes to take a 65-62 lead. Kentucky was desperate for points but could only muster 3 more. Wisconsin completed the upset and the comeback. Wisconsin 70 Kentucky 65

#2 West Virginia vs. #6 Marquette

Marquette never led in this game and the final score is slightly flattering. The Golden Eagles spent much of the 2nd half trailing by at least 10 before rallying to cut the deficit to 4, but that’s as close as they got against their Big East rivals. West Virginia 74 Marquette 69

Regional Final

#2 West Virginia vs. #4 Wisconsin

No drama here as West Virginia advances to Indianapolis by defeating the Badgers at the Carrier Dome. The scoreline was only 26-23 Mountaineers at the half but they opened the game up a little bit and widened the gap to 11 points about midway through the 2nd. Boring game, low-scoring, Wisconsin is out. West Virginia 59 Wisconsin 52

The East saw some upsets, thrilling comebacks, dull games, and in the end the West Virginia Mountaineers earn a trip to the Final Four as regional champions. Da’Sean Butler once again drained a game-winning jumper and sent Missouri home during the Sweet 16. What will he do in St. Louis? Find out on Thursday.

Next region: Midwest

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