March Madness predictions 2019: Virginia is going to win it all. East Region

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 have Zion Williamson. Duke does. Pick: Duke
#8 VCU vs. #9 UCF: As is the case with each 8/9 game, this one is a tough pick. UCF has Tacko Fall, and while I desperately want to watch him matchup against Zion, I think VCU’s defense does sufficient to hold on in this one. Select: VCU
#5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Liberty: The Flames will give Mississippi State a game, but I don’t believe they have enough to conquer Quinndary Witherspoon and the Bulldogs. Pick: 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 matches of the year (such as the ACC tournament). With Robinson back, VT will have the ability to move Nickeil Alexander-Walker back into more of a pure shooter function than a distributor role. Select: Virginia Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Belmont: Maryland is one of those Big Ten teams limping to the championship as they lost three of the last four matches played. Belmont will keep this one close, but can not get their second NCAA tournament win. Pick: Maryland
#3 LSU vs. #14 YaleI really want to decide on the Bulldogs. Like, really, really wish to select them. Miye Oni is a baller, and the Elis have the 10th best eFG% from the country. . .but, their defense isn’t fantastic. LSU still won’t have Will Wade on the sidelines, but I think that the Tigers are simply too much in this one. Select: LSU
#7 Louisville vs. #10 Minnesota: I mean, Louisville I guess? The most interesting thing about this game is that the committee put Richard Pitino against Poppa Pitino’s old squad. Jordan Nwora is also a ton of fun to see, so and the real deal. . .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 together with the Hokies moving on to the Sweet 16. Kerry Blackshear has been great in the article and Ty Outlaw is one of the top three point shooters in the country in 46%. Pick: Va Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #3 LSU: Battle of the bigs. I am really here for this game. Maryland’s Jaylen Smith and Bruno Fernando are as great a frontcourt as any in the country, and they will have their hands filled with LSU’s Naz Reid. The Terps won’t have enough outside shooting, so I am going with LSU to move on in a close one. Select: LSU
#2 Michigan State vs. #7 Louisville: The Cardinals somehow squeaked out an OT win over the Spartans back in late November, however I don’t believe they get the season sweep. Ryan McMahon had 24 points in the win. MSU most likely will not have Kyle Ahrens in the tournament Because of an accident in the Big Ten title game, but the Spartans have enough with Cassius Winston, Nick Ward, and Matt McQuaid. Select: Michigan State
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Duke vs. #4 Virginia Tech: Now things are getting interesting. Duke lost to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in the regular season when Duke was Zion and VT was without Robinson. The Hokies will make a match of this, but Duke’s superstars are down the stretch. Select: Duke
#2 Michigan State vs. #3 LSU: Thus much chalk. MSU takes this one in an extremely physical matchup. Select: Michigan State
Elite Eight
#1 Duke vs. #2 Michigan State: Should we do not really get this match, I will be furious. Some were amazed MSU got stuck at the East Region with Duke as the Spartans could have reasonably been a No. 1 seed themselves. Rather, they have matched up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Blue Devils. MSU will create Duke pay for their mistakes, but Zion hits a match winner late. Select: Duke

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نوامبر 27, 2019
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