We’re about 24 hours away from tip-off of the main portion of the NCAA tournament, which means time’s a-wasting to get those brackets filled out. As a service to you, the reader, we thought it would be a good ideal to compile predictions from across the college basketball universe. Hopefully it helps and doesn’t send you down a rabbit hole of indecision.
First off, we here at WaPo HQ have ginned up all sorts of bracket help:
Pomeroy, who compiles a host of predictive statistics, says Villanova, Virginia, Duke and Cincinnati/Purdue (tie) have the best chance of winning the national championship, with North Carolina, Michigan State, Gonzaga and Kansas the next four.
Villanova, Virginia, Duke and Kansas/Purdue (tie) are the most probable national champions, according to this set of numbers, followed by Michigan State/North Carolina (tie), Purdue/Gonzaga (tie), Xavier and Michigan.
Virginia’s expectations might be tempered a bit with the news that De’Andre Hunter, the ACC’s sixth man of the year, will miss the tournament with a broken wrist.
Bilas has watched a whole lot of college basketball this season as ESPN’s lead color commentator. He says keep an eye on Michigan State.
Seth Greenberg’s Final Four: Virginia, Michigan, Villanova, Michigan State.
Jeff Goodman’s Final Four: Arizona, Xavier, Villanova, Kansas.
Joe Lunardi’s Final Four: Virginia, Michigan State, West Virginia, Gonzaga.
John Thompson III’s Final Four: Arizona, North Carolina, Villanova, Michigan State.
Dick Vitale’s Final Four: Virginia, Gonzaga, Villanova, Michigan State.
Jay Williams’s Final Four: Arizona, Gonzaga, Villanova, Michigan State.
Gary Parrish’s Final Four: Virginia, Gonzaga, Villanova, Duke. Big upsets: Davidson over Kentucky, New Mexico State over Clemson.
Matt Norlander’s Final Four: Virginia, Gonzaga, Purdue, Michigan State. Big upsets: Loyola-Chicago, St. Bonaventure to Sweet 16.
Jerry Palm’s Final Four: Arizona, North Carolina, Purdue, Duke. Big upsets: Davidson over Kentucky, College of Charleston over Auburn.
Dennis Dodd’s Final Four: Arizona, North Carolina, Villanova, Michigan State. Big upsets: Loyola-Chicago to Sweet 16, South Dakota State over Ohio State, New Mexico State over Clemson, Arizona State/Syracuse over TCU.
Scott Gleeson makes his picks
He has Virginia winning it all, plus a Sunflower State grudge match between Kansas and Wichita State in the Final Four.
The view from Vegas
South Region (does not appear to be published yet)