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

  • 7 Oct, 2019

First Round

#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Iona: North Carolina and Coby White easily move on. Pick: North Carolina #8 Utah State vs. #9 Washington: [checks notes] Yep, Washington remains Pac-12. Pick: Utah State #5 Auburn vs. #12 New Mexico State: Auburn is rolling after their SEC tournament name. Chuma Okeke is so much fun, and he directs the Tigers to a win. Select: Auburn #4 Kansas vs. #13 Northeastern: Kansas is. . .not good. However, they are better than Northeastern. Jayhawks proceed. Select: Kansas #6 Iowa State vs. #11 Ohio State: Ohio State is just one of those weird teams that you don’t have any idea who will appear. Funny enough, so is Iowa State. The Cyclones are coming off a Big-12 title, and Marial Shayok is fantastic. Good enough for me. Select: Iowa State #3 Houston vs. #14 Georgia State: Houston will roll up, but let us all remember when Ron Hunter fell from his seat when his son his own a match winner. Ron Hunter is good. Houston wins, though. Pick: Houston #7 Wofford vs. #10 Seton Hall: Wofford is No. 19 on KenPom and obtained a 7-seed. Kansas is No. 20 on KenPom and obtained a 4-seed. The Terriers got a bad draw with having to confront Seton Hall, a group that finished the season with wins over Villanova and Marquette, but Wofford includes a dude named Fletcher Magee who is a flamethrower from three. Select: Wofford #2 Kentucky vs. #15 Abilene Christian: PJ Washington is reportedly in a walking boot, but that will not be enough for Abilene Christian to conquer Kentucky. Select: Kentucky Second Round #1 North Carolina vs. #8 Utah State: I love this game. UNC will win it with a late push, but the Aggies will hang long enough to keep things interesting. Tar Heels proceed. Select: North Carolina #5 Auburn vs. #4 Kansas: Can Auburn shoot well enough to win two in a row? Yeah, probably. Additionally, Kansas is not excellent. Pick: Auburn #3 Houston vs. #6 Iowa State: Gimme the Cyclones in a late comeback to the win. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton and Sophomore Lindell Wigginton will have to have big games to overcome Houston’s tough defense. Pick: Iowa State #2 Kentucky vs. #7 Wofford: I thought for a lengthy time about my dude Fletcher Magee (can’t get over that name) knocking out Kentucky, but I can’t pull the trigger. Should this happen, I will be so angry (but also ok with it because, Wofford). Pick: Kentucky Sweet Sixteen #1 North Carolina vs. #5 Auburn: Auburn runs out of steam and can’t keep up with the back and on of North Carolina. Coby White and Cam Johnson go away to the Tar Heels, and Luke Maye gets a double-double. Select: North Carolina #2 Kentucky vs. #6 Iowa State: Kentucky’s span and depth is a lot for the Cyclones. Tyler Herro gets sexy, and Reid Travis is a monster down low. Iowa State puts up a fantastic fight, but falls short in the second half and loses by double-digits. Select: Kentucky Elite Eight #1 North Carolina vs. #2 KentuckyI understand, more chalk. Kentucky gets revenge on Luke Maye’s game winner from a couple of decades back, moving in the Final Four. Pick: Kentucky Read more:

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