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:
Neil Greenberg’s annual “perfect bracket” this year puts Virginia, North Carolina, Purdue and Michigan State into the Final Four. Big upsets include New Mexico State into the Sweet 16 and West Virginia beating Villanova to go to the Elite Eight.
Mike Hume on a historically reliable metric that this year points to Virginia, Villanova and Duke as the most likely champions.
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 are the most probable national champions, according to this set of numbers, followed by Michigan State/Cincinnati (tie), Purdue/North Carolina (tie), Gonzaga and Xavier.
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.
ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index is meant to predict performance based on team accomplishment, opponent strength, pace of play and other factors.
The metric says Virginia, Villanova and Duke are the most probable national champions, in that order, followed by Purdue, Cincinnati, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.
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.
The longtime college basketball writer and broadcaster posted his picks at the Athletic. His Final Four is Virginia, Michigan, Villanova and Duke, with Villanova beating Virginia in the final. Big upsets include New Mexico State and Arkansas into the Sweet 16.
His colleague Dana O’Neil has a Virginia, Gonzaga, Villanova and Michigan State Final Four. Her big upsets include St. Bonaventure and Providence into the Sweet 16.
The Sporting News columnist has Arizona, Michigan, Villanova and Duke in his Final Four. He predicts two regional finals featuring three seeds against four seeds (Arizona vs. Tennessee in the South, and Gonzaga vs. Michigan in the West).
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)