2011 March Madness Simulated: East Region

The most stacked region in this year’s tournament is the East. Ohio State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Washington, Kentucky, etc. is just a dream field. How did it play out? Find out after the jump. To view the West results, click here.

1st Round

#16 UT-San Antonio vs. #16 Alabama State

The Roadrunners overcame a 10 point deficit in the 2nd half to advance to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. For Alabama State their 40-30 lead early in the 2nd just disappeared and with 2:06 left had only managed 14 more points. UTSA 68 Alabama State 61

#12 UAB vs. #12 Clemson

Astonishingly, Clemson tried to blow this game, too. Fortunately for them UAB is not North Carolina. UAB fell flat on their faces and had a whopping 16 points at halftime. The Tigers were sitting pretty at 53-30 near the 10 minute mark of the 2nd half…and then they stopped scoring. Slowly but surely the Blazers chipped away at that gargantuan deficit and Jamarr Sanders’ three-ball cut it to 59-55 with under 2:00 to go! Sadly for them they ran out of gas and when they had the chance to make it a one-possession game they turned it over and that was it for them. Clemson 65 UAB 55


2nd Round

#1 Ohio State vs. #16 UT-San Antonio

SEVEN different Buckeyes finished the game with double-figures scoring and they never trailed at any point in this lopsided affair. Jared Sullinger was 8-13 from the field and led all scorers with 19 points. OSU led by 16 at the break and blew the game open for good in the final 20 minutes. Ohio State 97 UT-San Antonio 64

#8 George Mason vs. #9 Villanova

Villanova’s frustrating losing streak came to an end as they defeated the once-Cinderella school of 2006 in George Mason. The first half featured a furious offensive pace and it was all square at 43-43 and it remained tied midway through the 2nd half at 60-60. However, Villanova’s superior rebounding ability (+12 adv.) combined with an untimely Patriots cold streak gave the Wildcats the 18-5 run they needed to pull away. Villanova 82 George Mason 69

#5 West Virginia vs. #12 Clemson

Ina stunning upset, Clemson once again jumped out to a big lead but once again managed to hold on, this time with a W over West Virginia. Clemson was up 25-9 early on and 34-25 at intermission. Yet again, Clemson choked it all away and fell behind late on a Joe Mazzulla jumper with 2:41 to go. they would regain the advantage and clung to a 72-69 lead with :19 remaining, but Casey Mitchell was unable to tie it with a three and Devin Booker iced it with free throws. West Virginia was just 4-18 from downtown while Clemson was a healthy 9-20. Clemson 74 West Virginia 69

#4 Kentucky vs. #13 Princeton

Princeton never trailed in the 1st half and held a slender 28-26 lead at the break. Was the upset on? Well it was until the Wildcats broke open a 47-45 UK lead with a 12-2 run to dash any hopes of another patented Princeton upset. Kentucky 65 Princeton 53

#6 Xavier vs. #11 Marquette

The Golden Eagles shot 10-17 from beyond the arc and turned a close game into a rout to pull off the upset against the Atlantic-10 Musketeers. Marquette 78 Xavier 62

#3 Syracuse vs. #14 Indiana State

The Sycamores had 12 different players with at least 1 point! Too bad the final total was 53. Syracuse 71 Indiana State 53

#7 Washington vs. #10 Georgia

A great offensive shootout only lacking a climactic finish. For some reason Venoy Overton is not available (presumably due to his Pac-10 tourney suspension) to put in the roster so this is not the most realistic sim possibility here. Washington lived by the three and relished every moment of it, winning by 8 over the Bulldogs and continuing their remarkable span of success. Washington 94 Georgia 86

#2 North Carolina vs. #15 Long Island

I knew UNC had bad starts before, but 52-47 down to Long Island? And guess what? They couldn’t blow them out in the 2nd half either!! After two CJ Garner free throws the Blackbirds were up 79-76 with under 3:30 left!!! Their hopes of a famous upset were dashed when the Tar Heels drained four consecutive baskets unanswered. Arguably one of the best games of the tournament, but no upset here. North Carolina 89 Long Island 83


3rd Round

#1 Ohio State vs. #8 Villanova

Jon Diebler shined in this game. He was 6-9 shooting and all of his attempts were from three-point land. Ohio State led 42-29 at halftime and weren’t remotely threatened by any Wildcat comeback thanks to their 54% FG percentage. Both teams shot well from deep, going a combined 18-30 (60%) but Ohio State had 11 and Villanova had 7. The math tells you that’s a 12 point difference and Jay Wright’s side lost this game by 13. In fact, Villanova was defeated by the exact same score they won by against George Mason. Ohio State 82 Villanova 69

#4 Kentucky vs. #12 Clemson

John Calipari’s men were an astonishing 8-14 from downtown and given Clemson’s 2-15 day from the same range, this game was never going to be competitive the enitre way. It was close in the opening stanza at 36-33 Wildcats, but Kentucky’s excellent field goal shooting dashed any hopes of a close 2nd half. Kentucky 79 Clemson 62

#3 Syracuse vs. #11 Marquette

Don’t worry, this game is also a blowout. At least this one was high-scoring and…Marquette won? Huh. The Big East really is topsy-turvy. Marquette 96 Syracuse 86

#2 North Carolina vs. #7 Washington

Death by the three? Washington was a putrid 12/38 from long range but managed to stay in the game with the heavily favored Tar Heels thanks to Isaiah Thomas. It looked to be all over at 80-66 with 4:12 to go, but the Huskies had one more run in them in Charlotte. A stunning 13-0 run completed with a tip-in from Thomas made it 80-79 in the closing stages. Scott Suggs’ triple made it 84-82 with :05 to go and with :02, highly touted freshman Harrison Barnes had a chance to seal the game….

“Barnes hits the first. Can he seal it with the 2nd? He misses! Aziz N’Diaye with the rebound and the HEAVE FOR THE TIE! No good!!! NORTH CAROLINA IS GOING TO THE SWEET SIXTEEN!”North Carolina 85 Washington 82. Always entertaining even in defeat.


Sweet Sixteen

#1 Ohio State vs. #4 Kentucky

Kentucky could neither score nor rebound and the tournament favorites blew them out in the 2nd half. Yawn. This region sucks. Ohio State 78 Kentucky 62

#2 North Carolina vs. #11 Marquette

Similar to their recent game against Duke, North Carolina was down early and stayed down. Things looked bright with the early 6-2 edge but they were 13 poitns down at halftime and could not mount a comeback in the 2nd. Harrison Barnes had just 9 points on 3-10 shooting and in a stunner the Golden Eagles advance to the Elite Eight! Marquette 82 North Carolina 69


Elite Eight

#1 Ohio State vs. #11 Marquette

Stop me if you’ve heard this before! The winning team struggles in the 1st half but pulls away in the 2nd! That’s exactly what happened here as Ohio State weathered an early storm and quickly erased a small halftime deficit en route to a double digit victory. The rebound disparity was massive, with the Buckeyes getting 46 to just 27 for the Golden Eagles. No Cinderella run here and the favorites advance to Houston. Ohio State 80 Marquette 68

Yikes. This was a boring region bar a few games involving Washington and North Carolina. Ohio State is through and will face Tennessee in the Final Four. Other side of the bracket to come tomorrow.

NEXT REGION: Southwest


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