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The Villanova Wildcats earned the No. 1 seed in a star-studded East Region for the 2018 mens college basketball tournament.

West Virginia vs. Murray State. This 5-12 matchup should be a treat for people who appreciate guard play, which is critical in March. Bob Huggins has two fine senior guards in Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles. Carter plays 35.5 minutes a game, averaging 17 points, 6.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds Murray State, has a great guard of its own. Jonathan Stark (insert your Game of Thrones reference here), is 16th in the country in scoring at 21.8ppg. Stark is seventh in three-pointers and shoots 88.8 percent from the line. Murray State, which has pulled first-round upsets in the past, has won 13 in a row.

WVU wont be quick to look past Racers

Several candidates for National Player of the Year grace the 18-team quadrant, since the East includes two of the “First Four” matchups. The results of those two showdowns will shape the typical eight-game slate spread around Thursday and Friday.

Murray State ran through the Ohio Valley Conference and dominated the postseason tournament, too, to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The Racers are solid on both ends of the floor, and theyve got a dynamic inside-out duo in Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller that can light you up on any given night. They carry a 13-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.

The selection committee also placed Purdue, Texas Tech, Wichita State, West Virginia and Florida in the region. Each of those programs held a position in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

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Between the high-caliber top teams and a couple of intriguing mid-major schools, the East Region should provide nonstop entertainment during the most wonderful time of the season.

Hopefully by Friday, the players will know what Murray State likes to do in certain situations, which players are uncomfortable with the ball in their hands, which direction leading scorer Jonathan Stark prefers to go to score, what defenses the Racers predominantly use, so on and so forth.

With the first day of spring just a week away, it would seem as if Old Man Winter is all too reluctant to go away.

The Mountaineers enter the postseason with a 21-11 mark overall and an 8-10 record in league play. All-Big 12 First Team honoree Teana Muldrow leads the way with 18.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, ranking among the top five in the league in both categories. Junior guard/forward Naomi Davenport, an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree, is averaging 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in her first season with the Mountaineers. Senior guard Chania Ray has posted 5.3 assists and 10.1 points per game thus far, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

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