The NCAA Tournament bracket has been announced, and oh boy – are we in for a great tournament. The top seeds in the tournament feature the Virginia Cavaliers, Villanova Wildcats, Xavier Musketeers and Kansas Jayhawks. Let’s take at all four regions in the NCAA Tournament.
The Virginia Cavaliers will take on UMBC to tip off the region. The winner of that game will get the 8/9 game between the Blue Jays of Creighton and the Kansas State Wildcats. What a wild two rounds it will be for Kentucky, who takes on Davidson, along with Arizona battling Buffalo. Those winners would play. The bottom of the bracket features the 2nd seeded Cincinnati Bearcats against Georgia State, with the winner taking on Nevada or Texas. The 3 seed is Tennessee – as they take on Wright State – with Miami or Loyola waiting in the next round. Our first weekend picks include Virginia against Arizona, and Loyola as the underdog getting to the Sweet 16 against Cincinnati.
In the West – the top four seeds are Xavier, North Carolina, Michigan and Gonzaga. Xavier gets the winner of North Carolina Central or Texas Southern. North Carolina gets Lipscomb, then either Texas A+M or Providence. The third seeded Michigan Wolverines get Montana, and the fourth seeded Bulldogs of Gonzaga get UNC Greensboro. The winner of that game gets Ohio State or San Diego State. The four teams that make it through the first weekend out of the West in our predictions are the Xavier Musketeers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, San Diego State Aztecs and North Carolina Tar Heels.
In the East – the top seeded Villanova Wildcats will take on Long Island Brooklyn or Radford. In the 8/9 game – Virginia Tech takes on Alabama. In the 5/12 game – West Virginia will battle Murray State. The 4 seed is Wichita State and they will take on Marshall. The bottom of the bracket features Florida against the winner of St. Bonaventure and UCLA, while Texas Tech will take on Stephen F. Austin. In the 7/10 game – Arkansas takes on Butler, with the winner taking on either Purdue or Cal State Fullerton. In the East – we are taking Villanova to play West Virginia and Texas Tech to battle Purdue.
The top four seeds in the Midwest region are the Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils, Michigan State Spartans and Auburn Tigers. Kansas gets Penn, with either Seton Hall or North Carolina State next. Duke gets Iona, with either Rhode Island or Oklahoma next. The third seeded Spartans get Bucknell in the first round, with TCU taking on Arizona State or Syracuse. Finally, the fourth seed – Auburn gets College of Charleston, with the winner getting either Clemson or New Mexico State. When the final four teams in this region get together in Omaha, we have the Kansas Jayhawks taking on the Auburn Tigers, and then at the bottom of the bracket – the Oklahoma Sooners taking on the Arizona State Sun Devils.
There is a look at the 2018 NCAA Tournament. AS we mentioned off the start – we are excited for the big dance – the March Madness coming up this spring. We will have more NCAA Tournament talk as the tournament arrives, and moves on. We hope you enjoyed the look at our picks to reach the Sweet 16. Enjoy the tournament!