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Final Four: Louisville (1), Gonzaga (1), Georgetown (2), Indiana (1)
Champion: Indiana (1) - The combination of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller is the most dangerous in the entire tournament. Indiana competed in the most competitive conference in the nation, and came out on top. They will prove to be the best team in the nation based on their explosive offense and solid defense.
Cinderella: Memphis (6) - Teams that win a lot of games in the regular season usually win games in the tournament. Memphis won 30 games in the regular season, and I expect Memphis to knock off Duke in the sweet 16.
Upset Watch: Duke (2) - Maryland proved Duke is beatable even with Ryan Kelly. Duke consistently finds ways to lose in the Big Dance, and that will not change this year. Look for Duke to be knocked off by either Creighton in the third round or Memphis in the Sweet 16.
Final Four: Louisville (1), Ohio State (2), VCU (5), Miami (2)
Champion: Louisville (1) - A safe choice? Sure. But the numbers don’t lie. On paper, the team is unstoppable with a lineup of returning players that took Louisville to the Final Four last year. Winning 10 straight and the Big East tournament doesn’t hurt either.
Cinderella: Davidson (14) - Dominating the Southern Conference and being ranked first in the country from the free throw line are some of the reasons why I chose this team. They show up in the playoffs and could be a real contender as they have been the last few years.
Upset Watch: Gonzaga (1) - Wichita State and Pittsburgh are both good teams and could give this West Coast Conference team a run for its money. Yes this team is on a roll, but their schedule was less than impressive.
Final Four: Gonzaga (1), Louisville (1), Kansas (1), Miami (2)
Champion: Kansas (1) - With four seniors in the starting lineup and freshman sensation Ben McLemore, Kansas is going to be unstoppable. Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, and Kevin Young are going to be the four players to watch in the tournament as they shine their way to winning the National title.
Cinderella: VCU (5) - VCU always seems to come out of nowhere and make noise in the tournament. The Rams know how to guard a team; they are always a team to watch out for as the tournament approaches.
Upset Watch: Duke (2) - Duke did not live up to what was expected of them this year. With their huge loss to Miami and being knocked out of the ACC tournament by Maryland, do not be surprised to see Duke knocked out in the third round by Cincinnati.
Final Four: Duke (2), Ohio State (2), Indiana (1), Michigan (4)
Champion: Indiana (1) - No team has been more consistent over the season than the Hoosiers. Unlike most teams in this tournament, Indiana has numerous options they can go to when they are struggling to score.
Cinderella: UCLA (6) - This is Shabazz Muhammad’s national showcase for the NBA. As one of the best scorers in the country, you can never count out Muhammad and the Bruins.
Upset Watch: Miami (2). If Shane Larkin isn't hitting his shots, Miami could head home VERY early.
Final Four: Louisville (1), Ohio State (2), Michigan (4), Miami (2)
Champion: Miami (2) - The best game of the tournament will be Miami vs. Michigan, which will be the championship in my book. The other side of the bracket is not as strong. Led by the decision making of Shane Larkin and stellar defense, the 'Canes will come out victorious.
Cinderella: Memphis (6) - Memphis is coming off an C-USA Title and have a record of 30-4. They are one of the best defensive teams in the country and their up-tempo, high scoring offense will take them far.
Upset Watch: Gonzaga (1) - Gonzaga has not proven that they can win when it counts, and I expect them to lose to Pittsburgh in the round of 32.
Final Four: Louisville (1), Miami (2), Georgetown (2), Ohio State (2)
Champion: Ohio State (2) - Ohio State is coming off their Big Ten Championship win, and they’re streaking. That’s what you need to be coming into the big dance, and it helps that they have one of the easier brackets. I see Ohio State advancing to the finals and beating Miami in a close Championship game.
Cinderella: Davidson (14) - this is a stretch, but it’s possible. In the first round, Davidson is playing Marquette, who is one of the tournament's worst 3-point shooting teams, and guess what, Davidson is one the best three point shooting teams. After the first round, Davidson has some favorable match-ups and could make a deep run.
Upset Watch: Kansas (1) - Sadly for Kansas, they’ve got a pretty tough road to the Final Four. North Carolina is dangerous right now, coming off a second place finish in the ACC tournament, and they’re playing their best basketball right now. I could see them beating Kansas in the third round. If Kansas makes it past the third round, it’s going to be tough for them to beat either Michigan or VCU, both of which are tough opponents.
Final Four: Kansas (1), St. Louis (4), Miami (2), Ohio State (2)
Champion: Miami (2) - The U enters the tourney with a team that’s talented and experienced. Oh, and did I mention that they can flat out shoot the basketball! Shane Larkin and Durand Scott are pure scorers, and Jim Larranaga has already proved he can coach under pressure as he took George Mason to the Final Four in 2006.
Cinderella: Harvard (14) - They produced Jeremy Lin, and who knows what talent could be coming out of Cambridge Square next? It’s true what they say, brains over brawn.
Upset Watch: Georgetown (2) - They say history tends to repeat itself. And guess what fans? The most accomplished choke artists of the tournament could be at it again. They lost to Ohio in the first round as a 3-seed, so who knows how easily JT3’s crew could choke this year.
Final Four: Michigan State (3), Florida (3), Ohio State (2), Miami (2)
Champion: Ohio State (2) - Led by Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes are the grittiest team in a tournament where only the toughest survive. Ohio State has what it takes to pull out the close games and wear teams out down the stretch.
Cinderella: North Carolina State (8) - This Wolfpack team has big time offensive firepower. Richard Howell chips in size and toughness, C.J. Leslie provides remarkable athleticism, Scott Wood is a knockdown shooter, and Lorenzo Brown is an underrated point guard. Don't be surprised if they spring the upset on big bad Indiana.
Upset Watch: Kansas (1) - The Jayhawks have some outstanding players, but they’ll have some tough games right out of the gate. Don’t be surprised if North Carolina or Michigan outscore them, and VCU could expose their weakness at point guard.