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 is going to playwith, but it is irrelevant because neither ND State 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 match, but I do not think they have enough to overcome Quinndary Witherspoon and the Bulldogs. Select: Mississippi State
#4 Virginia Tech vs. #13 Saint Louis: The Hokies get Justin Robinson back following a foot injury which sidelined the star guard for the previous 12 matches of the season (such as the ACC tournament). Together with Robinson back, VT will be able to move Nickeil Alexander-Walker back to more of a pure shot function than a distributor role. Pick: Virginia Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #11 Belmont: Maryland is one of those Big Ten teams limping to the championship as they lost three of the past four matches played. Belmont will continue to keep this one close, but can’t get their second NCAA tournament triumph. Pick: Maryland
#3 LSU vs. #14 Yale: I really need to pick the Bulldogs. Like, really, really want to pick 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 won’t have Will Wade on the sidelines, but I think that the Tigers are simply too much in this . Pick: LSU
#7 Louisville vs. #10 MinnesotaI 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 also a ton of fun to see, so and the real deal. . .yeah. The Cards. Pick: 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. Select: Duke
#4 Virginia Tech vs. #5 Mississippi State: Sticking with the Hokies moving to the Sweet 16. Kerry Blackshear has been great in the post and Ty Outlaw is one of the top three point shooters in the nation at 46%. Select: Va Tech
#6 Maryland vs. #3 LSU: Battle of the bigs. I’m extremely here for this particular match. Maryland’s Jaylen Smith and Bruno Fernando are as great a frontcourt as any in the country, and they will have their hands filled with LSU’s Naz Reid. The Terps won’t have sufficient outside shooting, so I am going with LSU to proceed at a close one. Pick: 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 believe that they get the season sweep. Ryan McMahon had 24 points in the win. MSU probably will not have Kyle Ahrens in the championship Because of an accident in the Big Ten title game, but the Spartans have sufficient 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 at the regular season when Duke was without Zion and VT was Robinson. The Hokies will make a game of it, but Duke’s superstars are too much 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 match, I will be furious. Some were surprised MSU got stuck in the East Region with Duke as the Spartans might have fairly been a No. 1 seed themselves. Rather, they got matched up with the No. 1 overall seed in the Blue Devils. MSU will create Duke pay for their mistakes, but Zion strikes a match winner late. Select: Duke

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