March Madness is Upon Us, So Let Us See Those Brackets
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Mar 22, 2019,
Mar 22, 2019, 4:12
Here are my top teams ranked in order for the 2019 NCAA tournament. The 29-5 Blue Devils are the largest favorite since Kentucky came into March Madness undefeated in 2015, ultimately losing in the Final Four.
The West Region is headed up by No. 1 seed Gonzaga, with MI earning the No. 2 seed.
For example, more often than not, the No. 1 overall seed does not win it all. The primary source of their lofty status is 18-year-old Zion Williamson, one of the most dominant college basketball players in the past 20 years. He was completely unstoppable in the ACC Tournament with 81 points on 43 field-goal attempts. Nevada, who's also in the same group also got some votes so a possible Sweet Sixteen matchup between them makes sense.
When looking for a sleeper in the East, you've got to take a team that will be able to avoid Duke until the Elite Eight. I see the Blue Devils getting their revenge on Gonzaga here.
My answer is to look for the teams that have the best combination of both.
Last year, Virginia absolutely ruined my bracket when they fell to a No. 16 seed in the first round.
For those, making the argument that being from mid-major conference hurts their case, I will bring up the fact that they beat Duke early in the season.
Syracuse seems to have their most success in the NCAA Tournament after a disappointing regular season, and the Orange certainly didn't exceed expectations this year.
The action begins just after noon Eastern with seventh-seeded Louisville playing No. 10 seed Minnesota.
Virginia is number one but Tennessee is second.
The first two days of the tournament are the best. Despite this, I'm going to give Duke the win here. The Gaels don't appear to be the same team that had a bunch of bad losses in November. Should you even listen to the predictions of me or any other person who is given access to a platform like this?
But it is the Tar Heels' longtime Atlantic Coast Conference rival, Duke, that is the overwhelming favorite to capture its sixth championship. The have the ideal mixture of star freshmen in Coby White and Nassir Little, combined with veteran leadership and talent of Luke Maye and Cam Johnson. And while their was no true consensus on who they would face in the title game, Virginia received the most votes to get a third crack at them.
This sets up a game we all want to see again - Duke vs North Carolina - and this time with a championship on the line.
Maybe Wofford can ride their three-point shooting all the way to Minneapolis. Colgate is a very good three point shooting team and so is Cincinnati.