Whether you like it or not, today is going to be crazy. There will be buzzer-beaters, major upsets, and absolute blowouts. If only we had a crystal ball to predict the future, this would be a lot easier (and more lucrative). Whatever happens, don’t bet more than you can afford to lose, and have a good time.
(12) South Dakota State over (5) Ohio State
(11) Loyola-Chicago over (6) Miami
(11) St. Bonaventure over (6) Florida
(11) Loyola-Chicago over (3) Tennessee (2nd round)
(8) Missouri over (1) Xavier (2nd round)
None of the top 4 seeds, in any region, will lose in the 1st round. You’ll see at least one 12 seed beat a 5 seed. It happens every year. This year, it’ll be South Dakota State taking down Ohio State.
Loyola-Chicago is under-seeded. Vegas agrees, as Miami is just a 1.5 point favorite in today’s game. Seemingly every year a double-digit seed makes it to the sweet 16. This year, it’s Loyola-Chicago.
Since the inception of the “first four” (in 2012), at least one team has advanced from the “round of 68” to the 2nd round. St. Bonaventure will carry the momentum from a win over UCLA to a win over Florida.
Our last major upset of the tournament actually falls into our next category….
First #1 Seed To Fall
Xavier. Xavier is the weakest #1 seed. They’ll run into a Missouri team in the 2nd round, who recently regained the services of one of the top prospects in the country; Michael Porter Jr. Expect Porter Jr. to hit his full stride come the 2nd round.
South – ARIZONA
West – GONZAGA
East – VILLANOVA
Midwest – DUKE
**The winner of the Sweet 16 matchup between Michigan State and Duke will advance to the Final Four.
Villanova. Jay Wright is a phenomenal basketball coach. He consistently produces top-line NCAA teams every year. This season, his squad has returned to life as a #1 seed. Balanced scoring is the name of their game. Villanova has six, double-digit scorers on their roster, making their bench almost as dangerous as their starting five.
Villanova will be cutting down the nets for the 2nd time in three years.
Who’s going to win the Championship?? Post your prediction in the comment section below.
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