East Region - Philadelphia

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The East Region is often the Elite Region come NCAA tournament time. Top college basketball conferences like the Big East and ACC play the brunt of their games on the East Coast and many of those conference’s teams find their way into the East Region bracket this time of year.

Below we will look at East Region bracket odds for this year’s tourney and give a run-down of the history of the region. This year’s East Sweet 16 games and Elite 8 Regional Final game will be played in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the NBA’s 76ers.

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2022 NCAA Tournament: East Region Bracket odds

Here are the latest odds for which team will win the East Region.

No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 15 St. Peter’s

Purdue and St. Peters’ will clash in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, March 25 at 7:10 p.m. ET from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 8 North Carolina

UCLA and North Carolina will square off in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, March 25 at 9:40 p.m. ET from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

East Region: What has happened recently?

Last year’s East Region produced a surprise Final Four team in UCLA. The 11-seeded Bruins upset No. 6 BYU in the first round, beat 14-seed Abilene Christian in the second round, toppled 2-seed Alabama in the Sweet 16 and capped off their run by taking down 1-seed Michigan.

Abilene Christian made it to the second round by knocking off 3-seed Texas in the first round. There was one other first round upset in the East last year as No. 10 Maryland beat No. 7 UConn.

The 2020 NCAA tournament was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking back to the 2019 tournament – the top seed in the East bracket was Duke.

The top four seeds in the region – No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Virginia Tech – all made the Regional semi-finals. Top East seeds Duke and Michigan State then met in the East Final with the Spartans edging the Blue Devils, 68-67, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C..

Michigan State then lost in the National semi-finals to Texas Tech.

East Region history: First round upsets

Upsets, big and small, are a common occurrence in the East Region. The 2012 tournament was the only Big Dance since the turn of the century in which there wasn’t at least one first round upset in the East Region.

The craziest East bracket since 2000 came in 2010 when a 12 beat a 5, an 11 beat a 6, a 10 beat a 7 and a 9 toppled an 8. The biggest upsets in the region came with 14 seeds stunning 3 seeds. In 2016, Stephen F. Austin shocked West Virginia and in 2005 Bucknell upset Kansas.

Here is a look at all of the lower seeds that have taken down higher seeds in the first round of the East over the past 22 years.

  • 2021: No. 11 UCLA over No. 6 BYU, No. 14 Albilene Christian over No. 3 Texas, No. 10 Maryland over No. 7 UConn
  • 2019: No. 12 Liberty over No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 10 Minnesota over No. 7 Louisville, No. 9 UCF over No. 8 VCU
  • 2018: No. 13 Marshall over No. 4 Wichita State, No. 10 Butler over No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 Alabama over No. 8 Virginia Tech
  • 2017: No. 11 USC over No. 6 SMU
  • 2016: No. 14 Stephen F. Austin over No. 3 West Virginia, No. 9 Providence over No. 8 USC
  • 2015: No. 11 Dayton over No. 6 Providence
  • 2014: No. 12 Harvard over No. 5 Cincinnati
  • 2013: No. 12 California over UNLV, No. 9 Temple over No. 8 NC State
  • 2012: None
  • 2011: No. 11 Marquette over No. 6 Xavier
  • 2010: No. 12 Cornell over No. 5 Temple, No. 11 Washington over No. 6 Marquette, No. 10 Missouri over No. 7 Clemson, No. 9 Wake Forest over No. 8 Texas
  • 2009: No. 12 Wisconsin over No. 5 Florida State
  • 2008: No. 9 Arkansas over No. 8 Indiana
  • 2007: No. 9 Michigan State over No. 8 Marquette
  • 2006: No. 11 George Mason over No. 6 Michigan State
  • 2005: No. 14 Bucknell over No. 3 Kansas, No. 10 North Carolina State, No. 9 Iowa State over No. 8 Minnesota
  • 2004: No. 12 Manhattan over No. 5 Florida
  • 2003: No. 12 Butler over No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 10 Auburn over No. 7 St. Joseph’s
  • 2002: No. 12 Tulsa over No. 5 Marquette, No. 11 Southern Illinois over No. 6 Texas Tech
  • 2001: No. 12 Utah State over No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Missouri over No. 8 Georgia
  • 2000: No. 11 Pepperdine over No. 6 Indiana, No. 10 Seton Hall over No. 7 Oregon

NCAA champions from the East Region

The East Region has produced a respectable eight NCAA champions since 1990. Considering the Region often has top seeds from elite basketball conferences like the ACC and Big East, this is not too surprising.

The East had a three-year win streak in the early 2000s with Duke, Maryland and Syracuse going all the way. It also produced the second lowest seed to ever win the National Championship when UConn shocked the world as a 7 seed in 2014.

NCAA champs coming from the East Region over the past 31 years include:

  • 2018 Villanova
  • 2014 UConn
  • 2005 North Carolina
  • 2003 Syracuse
  • 2002 Maryland
  • 2001 Duke
  • 1993 North Carolina
  • 1992 Duke

Here is a look at NCAA champs by region and seed since 1990:

YearNCAA ChampionRegionSeed
2021BaylorSouth1
2020*Tournament canceled due to COVID-19 pandemicN/AN/A
2019VirginiaSouth 1
2018VillanovaEast1
2017North CarolinaSouth 1
2016VillanovaSouth 2
2015DukeSouth 1
2014UConnEast7
2013LouisvilleMidwest1
2012KentuckySouth1
2011UConnWest3
2010DukeSouth1
2009North CarolinaSouth1
2008KansasMidwest1
2007FloridaMidwest1
2006FloridaMidwest3
2005North CarolinaEast1
2004UConnWest2
2003SyracuseEast3
2002MarylandEast1
2001DukeEast1
2000Michigan StateMidwest1
1999UConnWest1
1998KentuckySouth2
1997ArizonaSouth4
1996KentuckyMidwest1
1995UCLAWest1
1994ArkansasMidwest1
1993North CarolinaEast1
1992DukeEast1
1991DukeMidwest2
1990UNLVWest1

How the East Region is selected

On Selection Sunday each year, the NCAA Div. 1 men’s basketball “Selection Committee” meet to determine the field, choose each team’s seed and which region each team will be playing in. Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett is the current chairman of the Div. 1 men’s basketball committee. Thirty-two teams receive automatic bids by virtue of winning their respective conference tournament. The committee chooses the teams who receive “at-large” bids.

At-large selection and seeding is based on:

  • Record
  • Strength of schedule
  • Scoring margin
  • Location of wins, losses
  • Net offensive and defensive efficiency
  • Quality of wins and losses

As for which region each team is placed in, the committee will look to give top teams preferential treatment when it comes to travel. The best teams in the field will typically play close to home, and the teams that just barely make it will often have to go on the road.

For instance, the top teams in the 2019 East Region were:

Duke, Michigan State, LSU and Virginia Tech.

Had Michigan State posted a slightly better regular season record in 2019, they likely would have wound up in their traditional portion of the bracket – the Midwest. And had LSU been slightly better in the regular season, they would have likely landed in their traditional bracket of the South.