The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: My Predictions

Every year around this time, we have a grand spectacle in the form of the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, or March Madness. 68 colleges both big and small compete for college basketball’s biggest honour. Here are my predictions for each of the regions. DISCLAIMER: I have all of my 11 seeds moving past to at least the round of 32.

SOUTH: Kansas eliminated in the Sweet 16 (much like last year with a team that included Kelly Oubre and Andrew Wiggins), Wichita State (a First Four team) going to the Elite Eight, Villanova being eliminated early on (as has been the case for the past five years), Maryland (a number five seed) going all the way to the National Championship Game.

WEST: Duke being eliminated in the Round of 32, Northern Iowa (11 seed) beating Texas (6 seed), Texas A&M in the Final Four, Oregon being knocked out in the Sweet 16, VCU going to the Sweet Sixteen.

EAST: Kentucky being out in the Elite Eight, Michigan (11 seed) beating Notre Dame (6 seed), West Virginia University going to the Final Four, Wisconsin not going to the Final Four for the first time in two years.

MIDWEST: My most conservative bracket, with the number one and two seeds (Virginia and Michigan State) going to the Elite Eight, and Michigan State going to the Final Four and National Championship Game. Only surprise here is my inclusion of heavily under-seeded Gonzaga (11 seed) beating surprise six seed Seton Hall, but that’s not really saying much considering how impressive ‘Zaga’s been in the tournament.

WINNER: Michigan State over Maryland.

I know I’m shooting for the moon in some of these predictions, but hey, that’s what March Madness is all about, right? It could be worse you know. I could be betting on this shit and losing money like no tomorrow (no disrespect to those betting), which I’m not. Happy tournament selections everyone!!

Until next time folks,
Kelvin P

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