Expert bracket picks: College basketball’s top minds predict the NCAA tournament

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:

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Forget Kentucky and Arizona. Virginia has the easiest road to the Final Four.

Five Cinderellas who can make the Sweet 16, including a No. 16 seed

The three best bets to win the NCAA tournament

Ken Pomeroy:

The nation’s preeminent college basketball numbers guru offers NCAA tournament probabilities

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.


A competing set of NCAA tournament probabilities from the stat folks

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.


Jay Bilas’s predictions for each NCAA tournament game (Insider subscription required)

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.

Final Four predictions from across the network

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.

CBS Sports:

A compendium of the network’s expert bracket selections

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.

Sports Illustrated:

SI has expert bracket picks, too

USA Today:

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

The Las Vegas Sun gives the gamblers’ look at the West Region

East Region

Midwest Region

South Region (does not appear to be published yet)