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 do not know yet who Duke is going to playwith, but it doesn’t matter because neither ND Condition nor NC Central possess Zion Williamson. Duke does. Pick: Duke
#8 VCU vs. #9 UCF: As is true for 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. Pick: VCU
#5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Liberty: The Flames will give Mississippi State a match, 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 championship ). With Robinson back, VT will have the ability to move Nickeil Alexander-Walker back into more of a pure shot role than a distributor function. Select: Virginia Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Belmont: Maryland is among those Big Ten teams limping into the championship as they dropped three of the past four games played. Belmont will keep this 1 close, but can’t 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 greatest eFG% from the nation. . .but, their defense isn’t great. LSU still will not have Will Wade on the sidelines, but I believe the Tigers are just too much in this . Select: LSU
#7 Louisville vs. #10 Minnesota: I mean, Louisville I figure? The most interesting thing about the game is that the committee put Richard Pitino contrary to Poppa Pitino’s old squad. Jordan Nwora is the real deal and also a whole lot of fun to watch, so. . .yeah. The Cards. Pick: Louisville
#2 Michigan State vs. #15 Bradley: Michigan State with no doubt. Pick: 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: Dealing together with the Hokies moving on to the Sweet 16. Kerry Blackshear has been great from the post and Ty Outlaw is among the top three point shooters in the nation in 46%. Pick: Va Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #3 LSU: Battle of the bigs. I’m really here for this game. Maryland’s Jaylen Smith and Bruno Fernando are as great a frontcourt as any in the country, and they’ll have their hands full with LSU’s Naz Reid. The Terps will not have sufficient outside shooting, so I am going with LSU to proceed at a near 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 think that they get the season sweep. Ryan McMahon had 24 points in the win. MSU most likely will not have Kyle Ahrens in the tournament due to an accident in the Big Ten title game, but the Spartans have sufficient 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 without Zion and VT was without Robinson. The Hokies will make a match of it, but Duke’s superstars are down the stretch. Pick: 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 don’t really get this match, I will be furious. Some were amazed MSU got stuck in the East Area with Duke since the Spartans might have reasonably been a No. 1 seed themselves. Instead, they got matched up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Blue Devils. MSU will make Duke pay for their mistakes, but Zion strikes a match winner . Select: Duke

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