March Madness predictions 2019: Virginia is going to win it all. West Region

First Round

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 Fairleigh Dickinson: Jahlil Jenkins and Darnell Edge were awesome at the First Four, but the Zags have too great of an offense. Select: Gonzaga
#8 Syracuse vs. #9 Baylor? Syracuse in the NCAA tournament? Gotta go with the Orange. Select: Syracuse
#5 Marquette vs. #12 Murray StateI literally looked like the center eyes emoji if they declared this game. Ja Morant vs. Markus Howard. Superstar vs. Superstar. Can we replace one of those Pac-12 teams and keep whichever one loses? No? Fine, let us go with the Racers since the Golden Eagles closed the season . Pick: Murray State
#4 Florida State vs. #13 Vermont: FSU is very, very good. They should be a No. 3 seed. The Catamounts aren’t poor, but the Seminoles’ length and athleticism will be a lot for them to conquer. Select: Florida State
#6 Buffalo vs. #11 St. John’s: Buffalo is under-seeded, in my estimation. The Bulls are No. 22 on KenPom, and also possess the No. 19 offense and No. 29 defense. CJ Massinburg is a legit star, and that I believe the Bulls are too much for St. John’s. Select: Buffalo
#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 Northern Kentucky: DE-FENSE [CLAP CLAP] DE-FENSE [CLAP CLAP] The Red Raiders have both the No. 1 defense AND Jarrett Culver. Their offense has struggled at times, however they will not have a problem with the Norse. Select: Texas Tech
#7 Nevada vs. #10 Florida: KenPom has this as a pick’em (one point Nevada win), and Vegas favors the Wolfpack by 2. Nevada is more prone to falling behind early and using drives and threes in the Martin twins to scale back in. The Gators have ended the season strong and seem to be peaking at the right moment. Even with Jordan Caroline being one of my favorite players, I think Florida gets this in a near one. Select: Florida
#2 Michigan vs. #15 Montana: Michigan got a bad attraction in needing to play the same team they faced in the opening round last year. That Montana group was much better than that one, and the Wolverines rolled. They’ll roll again. Pick: Michigan
Second Round
#1 Gonzaga vs. #8 Syracuse: Syracuse against Gonzaga. No history , right? In 2016, the Orange snuck by Gonzaga by three to make the Elite Eight in which they mad Virginia to create a Final Four. This year, the Zags get revenge. Select: Gonzaga
#5 Murray State vs. #4 Florida State: The Ja Morant Cinderella story concludes. Mfiondu Kabengele along with the Seminoles do just enough to slow down the Racers and move to the Sweet 16. Pick: Florida State
#3 Texas Tech vs. #6 Buffalo : UPSET PICK. BUFFALO TO THE SWEET 16. The Bulls have a tough defense and will make things hard enough for TTU to evaluate that they proceed. Select: Buffalo
#2 Michigan vs. #10 Florida: I’ve seen this particular bowl game before. Iggy Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews, and Jon Teske are simply too much to the Gators in this . Select: Michigan
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Gonzaga vs. #4 Florida State: Sticking with FSU’s length and their ability to interrupt the Zags on offense. The Seminoles do not have the best crime, but they’re powerful enough to keep Gonzaga honest. This should be an wonderful game, so I hope we get to see it. Select: Florida State
#2 Michigan vs. #6 Buffalo: After viewing the No. 1 defense in TTU, matters just let up marginally for Buffalo using Michigan’s No. 2 defense. It’s too much for the Bulls in back-to-back games and they run out of steam in the second half. Pick: Michigan
Elite Eight
#2 Michigan vs. #4 Florida State: Another fantastic game if we can get it. I enjoy Michigan’s defense here as the big men inside can bang with the best of them. I really don’t trust FSU’s shooting enough to allow them to get sufficient on Michigan’s defense. Pick: Michigan

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