First Round

#1 Duke vs. #16 North Dakota State/North Carolina Central: ” We don’t know yet who Duke is going to play, but it doesn’t matter because neither ND State nor NC Central possess Zion Williamson. Duke does. Pick: Duke
#8 VCU vs. #9 UCF: As is the case with every 8/9 match, this one is a tough pick. UCF has Tacko Fall, and while I desperately wish to see him matchup against Zion, I believe VCU’s defense does enough to continue in this one. Select: VCU
#5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Liberty: The Flames will give Mississippi State a match, but I do not think that they have enough to conquer Quinndary Witherspoon and the Bulldogs. Select: Mississippi State
#4 Virginia Tech vs. #13 Saint Louis: The Hokies get Justin Robinson back after a foot injury which sidelined the star guard for the last 12 games of the year (such as the ACC championship ). With Robinson back, VT will be able to move Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to more of a pure shooter function than a distributor function. Pick: Virginia Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Belmont: Maryland is one of those Big Ten teams limping into the tournament as they dropped three of their last four games played. Belmont will keep this 1 close, but can not get their second NCAA tournament triumph. Pick: Maryland
#3 LSU vs. #14 YaleI really want to pick the Bulldogs. Like, really, really wish to pick them. Miye Oni is a baller, and the Elis have the 10th best eFG% in the nation. . .but, their defense isn’t great. LSU still won’t have Will Wade on the sidelines, but I believe the Tigers are simply too much in this one. Select: LSU
Guess? The most interesting thing about the game is that the committee set Richard Pitino against Poppa Pitino’s old squad. Jordan Nwora is the real deal and a ton of fun to watch, so. . .yeah. The Cards. Select: Louisville
#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Bradley: Michigan State without a doubt. Select: Michigan State
Second Round
#1 Duke vs. #9 VCU: [checks rosters] Yep, Duke still has Zion Williamson. Pick: Duke
#4 Virginia Tech vs. #5 Mississippi State: Sticking with the Hokies moving on to the Sweet 16. Kerry Blackshear continues to be great from the post and Ty Outlaw is one of the top three point shooters in the country at 46%. Pick: Va Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #3 LSU: Battle of the bigs. I’m extremely here for this particular game. Maryland’s Jaylen Smith and Bruno Fernando are as good a frontcourt as any in the country, and they’ll have their hands full with LSU’s Naz Reid. The Terps will not have sufficient outside shooting, so I’m going with LSU to move on in a close one. Select: LSU
#2 Michigan State vs. #7 Louisville: The Cardinals somehow squeaked an OT win over the Spartans back in late November, but I do not think that they get the season sweep. Ryan McMahon had 24 points in the triumph. MSU probably will not have Kyle Ahrens in the tournament Because of an injury in the Big Ten title game, but the Spartans have sufficient with Cassius Winston, Nick Ward, and Matt McQuaid. Pick: Michigan State
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Duke vs. #4 Virginia Tech: Now things are getting interesting. Duke lost to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at the regular season when Duke was without Zion and VT was without Robinson. The Hokies will make a match of it, but Duke’s superstars are down the stretch. Pick: Duke
#2 Michigan State vs. #3 LSU: Thus much chalk. MSU requires this one in an extremely physical matchup. Select: Michigan State
Elite Eight
#1 Duke vs. #2 Michigan State: Should we don’t really get this game, I will be furious. Some were amazed MSU got stuck at the East Area with Duke as the Spartans could have reasonably been a No. 1 seed themselves. Instead, they have paired up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Blue Devils. MSU will make Duke cover their errors, but Zion hits a match winner . Pick: Duke

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