Fear not, friends: your pals at Anonymous Eagle are here to inject some half-baked, homespun "insight" into the proceedings, with our annual region-by-region tour, as we go Anonymously Through the Brackets.
For each region, we'll give you our patented Anonymous Eagle Half-Arsed Analysis with: a gutless pick to win the region; a sleeper regional champ; a CRUSH YOUR MAN upset special; a player we'd pay to watch; and something you're not going to want to see.
Without further ado:
GUTLESS WONDER Pick to Win the Region: It's Indiana! It's Indiana! Indiana should make it out of this region with all their talent and the Harbaughs cheering from the stands. This is contingent on Cody Zeller playing more like Tyler and less like Luke. Additionally, that Damon Bailey can sure shoot. Sorry, I meant Jordy Hulls.
Chex Bold Party Mix BOLD PICK to Win the Region: If, and this is a big if, Syracuse can get to the second weekend, they should have a nice home court advantage in DC. All of their bandwagon "I've liked them since Sherman Douglas" fans will give Indiana folks a run for their money at the Phone Booth. As always, Cuse has the talent to compete with anyone and Boeheim should be able to outcoach Crean in the Sweet 16. Avoiding another suspension is advisable, though.
CRUSH YOUR MAN Upset Special: I hate to pick against the alma mater, but Marquette is the most vulnerable high seed in the region. Davidson's bigs can shoot from long distance. I have nightmares of Davante Gardner trying to guard on the perimeter. That being said, never count out Syracuse for a bit-spitting episode.
Player I'd Pay to Watch: Shane Larkin (hey, son of Barry!) is a big part of Miami's surprise season. DePaul fans are once again left thinking "what if" as Larkin tears up the ACC. Larkin says that he is coming back next year, but a big tournament could send him packing so enjoy his deft PG skills while you can.
Hide Your Eyes When: Tom Crean hikes up his pants every other minute. Tom, you have to do this because you have added a spare tire, I know from experience. It's time to get on the treadmill and lay off the Diet Pepsi. Maybe you can tweet your weight to keep you accountable after the daily evangelical claptrap.
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