The NCAA Basketball Tournament is upon us, and after a long regular season, there’s one question on every basketball fan’s mind – who will be cutting down the nets at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this April? Only time will tell, but this year’s tournament projects to be especially mad, as there’s no clear front-runner at the moment. Who do you have? Duke? Tennessee? Virginia? Perhaps a team waiting in the wings, like Marquette or Louisville? Read on for a breakdown of the madness and our NCAAB picks.
Headlines to Watch
Here are some headlines to watch while you’re filling out your brackets this year:
- How’s Zion? – Duke’s chances of reaching the semifinals took a major blow weeks ago when star freshman Zion Williamson went down with a knee sprain. And while it appears he’ll return for the postseason, how close to 100 percent will he be?
- Shake it Off – There’s always a massive upset in the tournament. Three years ago, it was 15-seed Middle Tennessee State upsetting the number two seed, Michigan State in the first round. Last year, it was the number one seed, Virginia getting stomped by 16-seed UMBC, the first 16-1 upset in tourney history. What favored team is poised to bow out early this year? Can the Virginia Cavaliers shake it off?
- The ”Sleepers?” – It’s probably not fair to call the likes of Purdue, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma sleepers, but for some reason, these squads are flying under the radar. Don’t be surprised if one — or more — makes a big push this March.
Like we said, this year’s college basketball championship is especially tough to call seeing as how there’s no true leader, especially with Zion Williamson’s health status in question. If he returns close to 100 percent, Duke is going to be tough to pick against. But if he doesn’t, it might be a different story – Duke has shown that they’re not invincible. Here are our semifinal picks:
- Michigan State
- Texas Tech
For the winner, we’re going to take Gonzaga. The Zags have been playing great all year, and with Zion’s injury, we think Gonzaga is the next best team.
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