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 will playwith, but it is irrelevant because neither ND Condition nor NC Central possess Zion Williamson. Duke does. Select: Duke
#8 VCU vs. #9 UCF: As is the case with every 8/9 game, this one is a tough choice. UCF has Tacko Fall, and while I desperately want to watch him matchup against Zion, » I believe 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 game, but I do not think that they have enough to conquer Quinndary Witherspoon and the Bulldogs. Select: Mississippi State
#4 Virginia Tech vs. #13 Saint Louis: The Hokies get Justin Robinson back following a toe injury that sidelined the star guard for the previous 12 matches of the year (including the ACC tournament). Together with Robinson back, VT is going to have the ability to move Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to more of a pure shot function than a distributor role. Select: Virginia Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Belmont: Maryland is one of the Big Ten teams limping to the tournament as they dropped three of the last four matches played. Belmont will continue to keep this 1 close, but can’t get their second NCAA tournament triumph. Pick: Maryland
#3 LSU vs. #14 Yale: I really want to pick the Bulldogs. Like, really, really wish to pick them. Miye Oni is a baller, and the Elis have the 10th greatest eFG% from the country. . .but, their defense is not great. LSU still will not 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 MinnesotaI mean, Louisville I figure? The most interesting thing about this game is that the committee put Richard Pitino contrary to Poppa Pitino’s older squad. Jordan Nwora is a ton of fun to watch 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: Dealing with the Hokies moving on to the Sweet 16. Kerry Blackshear continues to be great from the article and Ty Outlaw is among the top three point shooters in the nation at 46%. Pick: Va Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #3 LSU: Battle of the bigs. I am really here for this match. Maryland’s Jaylen Smith and Bruno Fernando are as great a frontcourt as any in the nation, and they will have their hands full with LSU’s Naz Reid. The Terps will not have sufficient outside shooting, so I’m going with LSU to proceed in a near one. Select: LSU
#2 Michigan State vs. #7 Louisville: The Cardinals somehow squeaked an OT win over the Spartans back in late November, but I don’t believe they get the season sweep. Ryan McMahon had 24 points in the win. MSU most likely won’t have Kyle Ahrens from the championship Because of an injury in the Big Ten title game, but the Spartans have enough with Cassius Winston, Nick Ward, and Matt McQuaid. Pick: 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 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: So much chalk. MSU takes this one in an extremely physical matchup. Pick: Michigan State
Elite Eight
#1 Duke vs. #2 Michigan State: Should we do not really get this game, I’ll be furious. Some were surprised MSU got stuck at the East Region with Duke since the Spartans might have fairly been a No. 1 seed themselves. Instead, they have paired up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Blue Devils. MSU will make Duke cover their mistakes, but Zion hits a game winner . Pick: Duke

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