SHOCKING March Madness Bracket Projections

Selection Sunday is only days away, and that means one thing: March Madness. And, it’s right about then that betting reaches a fever pitch as millions of people fill out their picks for bracket contests.

The field of 68 is coming into focus as conference tournaments heat up. But, even if nobody knows what the brackets will look like until Sunday there are some early predictions that can be made.

March Madness Bracket Projections

There are seven teams in contention for a No.1 seed right now. Though we don’t which are the top seven teams, there’s room for an educated guess. Gonzaga, Virginia, Kentucky, and Duke are likely one of those teams, so before we make some predictions on how the bracket turns out, let’s take a look at what can be expected from the teams mentioned above.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The real story here is not the Bulldogs. It’s how Saint Mary’s upset Gonzaga to secure their spot in the NCAA tournament.

While the loss doesn’t necessarily chuck Gonzaga out of a No. 1 seed, it does open the door for a No. 2 seed such as Kentucky, Tennessee, or Michigan State to snatch a top seed from the Bulldogs’ hands.

Gonzaga may not receive enough credit even though they’ve had a great season. Gonzaga went 16-0 in the West Coast Conference and put together a 29-2 overall record. With players such as Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, the Bulldogs are a top pick to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils dominated for much of the regular season but were hobbled heading into the ACC Tournament without Zion Williamson, who did not play because of an injury suffered on February 20. Without Williamson, Duke lost to UNC, Virginia Tech, and again to UNC in their regular season finale.

However, now that Williamson is back, the Blue Devils proceeded to crush the Syracuse Orange last Thursday. The win gave a glimpse of how Williamson can tilt the balance to Duke’s favor in March Madness.

Kentucky Wildcats

The Wildcats have won the last four SEC tournaments. If they win the SEC title once more, there’s a good reason to believe they’ll snatch the fourth No. 1 seed over North Carolina, Tennessee, and LSU, their direct competitors in Selection Sunday.

Virginia Cavaliers

About the only dark spots for the Cavaliers this season, are the two losses to Duke, which could affect Virginia if the Blue Devils beat them for the ACC tournament title.

Otherwise, Virginia has a solid shot this year to win the Big Dance. That is if they don’t flake out and lose in the first round like they did a year ago.

This Cavaliers team is a well-oiled machine, having the right mix of experience, offense, and defense. If they can stay focused throughout the conference tournament and once March Madness starts, you might see the Cavaliers cutting down the nets.

Projected Bracket (as of March 15)

EAST REGION

(1) Virginia vs. (16) Fairleigh Dickinson/Norfolk State

(8) Seton Hall vs. (9) Baylor

(5) Mississippi State vs. (12) Murray State

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Yale

(6) Wofford vs. (11) Ohio State

(3) Houston vs. (14) Old Dominion

(7) Iowa State vs. (10) Utah State

(2) Tennessee vs. (15) Sam Houston State

SOUTH REGION

(1) North Carolina vs. (16) North Dakota State/Prairie View A&M

(8) VCU vs. (9) Ole Miss

(5) Villanova vs. (12) Florida/Belmont

(4) Kansas vs. (13) Northeastern

(6) Buffalo vs. (11) NC State

(3) Michigan vs. (14) Georgia Southern

(7) Nevada vs. (10) Oklahoma

(2) LSU vs. (15) Colgate

MIDWEST REGION

(1) Kentucky vs. (16) Iona

(8) UCF vs. (9) Iowa

(5) Virginia Tech vs. (12) St. John’s/Arizona State

(4) Kansas State vs. (13) Liberty

(6) Auburn vs. (11) Saint Mary’s

(3) Purdue vs. (14) UC-Irvine

(7) Cincinnati vs. (10) TCU

(2) Duke vs. (15) Montana

WEST REGION

(1) Michigan State vs. (16) Gardner-Webb

(8) Washington vs. (9) Syracuse

(5) Marquette vs. (12) New Mexico State

(4) Florida State vs. (13) Vermont

(6) Maryland vs. (11) Temple

(3) Texas Tech vs. (14) Northern Kentucky

(7) Louisville vs. (10) Minnesota

(2) Gonzaga vs. (15) Bradley