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 amazing at the First Four, however, the Zags have too good of an offense. Select: Gonzaga
#8 Syracuse Baylor? Syracuse in the NCAA tournament? GotId proceed with the Orange. Pick: Syracuse
#5 Marquette vs. #12 Murray State: I literally looked as the center eyes emoji if they announced this game. Ja Morant vs. Markus Howard. Superstar vs. Superstar. Can we replace a few of the Pac-12 teams and keep whichever one loses? No? Fine, let us go together with the Racers as the season closed with four straight losses. Select: 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 probably be a lot for them to overcome. Pick: Florida State
#6 Buffalo vs. #11 St. John’s: Buffalo is under-seeded, in my estimation. The Bulls have been No. 22 on KenPom, and also have the No. 19 offense and No. 29 defense. CJ Massinburg is a legit star, and I believe the Bulls are just too much for St. John’s. Pick: Buffalo
#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 Northern Kentucky: DE-FENSE [CLAP CLAP] DE-FENSE [CLAP CLAP] The Red Raiders have the No. 1 defense AND Jarrett Culver. Their crime has struggled at times, but they will not have an issue with the Norse. Pick: Texas Tech
#7 Nevada vs. #10 Florida: KenPom has this as a pick’em (one stage Nevada win), and Vegas favors the Wolfpack by 2. Nevada is prone to falling from early and utilizing drives and threes from the Martin twins to climb back in. The Gators have ended the season strong and appear to be peaking at the right time. Despite Jordan Caroline being one of my favorite players, I believe Florida gets this in a near one. Pick: Florida
#2 Michigan vs. #15 Montana: Michigan got a bad draw in needing to play the same team they faced in the opening round last year. This Montana team was considerably better than that one, along with the Wolverines rolled. They’ll roll again. Pick: Michigan
Second Round
#1 Gonzaga vs. #8 Syracuse: Syracuse against Gonzaga. No history there, right? In 2016, the Orange snuck by Gonzaga by three to make the Elite Eight in which they upset Virginia to create a Final Four. This season, the Zags get revenge. Select: Gonzaga
#5 Murray State vs. #4 Florida State: The Ja Morant Cinderella story ends here. 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 certainly will make things hard enough for TTU to score they move on. Pick: Buffalo
#2 Michigan vs. #10 Florida: I have seen this particular bowl game before. Iggy Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews, and Jon Teske are just too much to the Gators in this . Select: Michigan
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Gonzaga vs. #4 Florida State: Dealing with FSU’s length and their capacity to interrupt the Zags on crime. The Seminoles don’t have the best offense, but they’re strong enough to maintain Gonzaga honest. This should be an amazing game, so I hope we get to see it. Select: Florida State
#2 Michigan vs. #6 Buffalo: After seeing the No. 1 defense in TTU, things only let up slightly for Buffalo with 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 great game if we can get it. I enjoy Michigan’s defense here as the big men indoors can bang with the best of these. I don’t trust FSU’s shooting enough to allow them to get sufficient on Michigan’s defense. Select: Michigan

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