NCAA Tournament Bracket: Upset Picks for Each Region

TEXAS SNEAKS IN: After going 11-22 a year ago, a No. 10 Longhorns found themselves on a burble this season. But a cabinet gave Coach Shaka Smart another event to make some Mar magic. Freshman shot-blocking extraordinaire Mo Bamba will be asked to delayed down seventh-seeded Nevada, a ninth-most fit offense in a country.

2018 N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament Printable Bracket

N.C.A.A. Men’s Tournament Bracket

Midwest Regional: Kansas, Duke and Michigan State in “Region of Death”

Kansas has a No. 1 seed in a Midwest, and will get to play their initial games in Wichita, Kan. But Michigan State, a No. 3 seed, and Duke, a No. 2, loom.

REGION OF DEATH: There’s always one. Hard to consider that any of a No. 1 seeds drew a worse trail than Kansas, that is indeed reduce in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (9th) than dual other teams in a possess bracket: No. 3 seed Michigan State (6th) and No. 2 seed Duke (3rd). Jayhawks Coach Bill Self says a group played a best diversion of a deteriorate in winning a Big 12 Conference contest on Saturday. But they could have to contend with a unequivocally jaunty Auburn group (No. 4 seed), and Clemson (No. 5 seed) that finished fourth in a ACC.

SOONER BETTER THAN LATER: Somehow, Oklahoma squeaks in. One of a many befuddling teams in a contest margin (at one point, a Sooners were ranked fourth in a country), they mislaid 11 of their final 15 games. Freshman ensure Trae Young (the nation’s personality in scoring and assists) stays one of a many fun players to watch. But he has not unequivocally been a same actor given January.

UPSET SPECIAL: Not going too distant out on a prong here, yet No. 9 seed N.C. State should be means to hoop eighth-seeded Seton Hall, that has been trending in a wrong direction. The Wolfpack kick Duke and Arizona this season.

East Regional: Villanova on Top

Villanova, uninformed off a second uninterrupted Big East contest championship, has warranted a No. 1 seed in a East region, that means they could get to play in Boston for a outing to go to a Final Four. They will face a personality of LIU Brooklyn/Radford in a First Four diversion in Dayton.

BETTER WITHOUT BIGGIE: It is tough to trust that a group can remove one of a best players in a nation, and afterwards urge a following season. But that’s accurately what happened to second-seeded Purdue this year, after a energy brazen Caleb Swanigan, nicknamed “Biggie”, jumped to a pros. Swanigan was a Big Ten’s actor of a year, yet his deficiency has authorised a 7-foot-2 core Isaac Haas some-more leisure to develop. Guards Carsen Edwards and Dakota Matthias are fatal for a second-best 3-point sharpened group in a country. The Boilermakers have Final Four ingredients.


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ROLLIN’ TIDE: Alabama mislaid 15 games this season, and there were some nauseous ones (Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Ole Miss). But they have a intensity to make some sound in March. Why? Freshman ensure Collin Sexton is arguably a best actor in a nation: a Russell Westbrook-type talent who won’t be in college basketball for many longer.

UPSET SPECIAL: Wichita State is routinely a group doing a upsetting. But a Shockers are a No. 4 seed this year, and they drew an common matchup in No. 13 Marshall. Under Coach Dan D’Antoni, a Thundering Herd adore to pull a pace. Wichita could be left gasping.

Naji Marshall of Xavier distinguished during a Musketeers’ diversion opposite Providence.

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West Regional: Xavier Gets Top Seed, yet Michigan Lurks

Xavier warranted their initial No. 1 seed in propagandize history, giving a Big East dual of a tip seeds in a tournament. They will need to demeanour out for Gonzaga, though, as a No. 4 seed and a probable Round of 16 matchup. North Carolina is a No. 2 seed in a region.

WOLVERINES ROARING: Is there a hotter group in a republic than Michigan? Hard to figure. The Wolverines blew by a Big Ten contest margin as a No. 7 seed, and have won 9 of their final 10 games. Young, energetic, and clicking on defense, Michigan, a No. 3 seed, will be a favorite to pass tip seeded Xavier. The doubt is either a enlarged layoff after a Big Ten contest finished a month ago (O.K., it was usually a week) will have any impact on a Wolverines’ momentum.

DAUM-INATING: Oklahoma’s Trae Young got many of a courtesy for his scoring this season, yet South Dakota State’s Mike Daum had 12 30-plus indicate performances to go with 10.4 rebounds per game. With Daum heading a way, a Jackrabbits were sixth in a republic in scoring this season. They have never won an N.C.A.A. contest diversion (losing to Gonzaga final season) yet Ohio State has looked unsure of late.

UPSET SPECIAL: Houston had a good run. But they’re not removing past San Diego State, that has won 9 in a row, got their comparison personality (Trey Kell) back, and led No. 22 Nevada by 30 during halftime on Friday.

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Which Teams Were Left Out?

If we are looking for snubs, start with a initial 4 teams left out of a field: Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Southern California. During a broadcast, Bruce Rasmussen, Creighton’s jaunty director, who served as a preference committee’s chairman, reliable that Davidson’s win over Rhode Island on Sunday knocked Notre Dame out of a tournament.

The final 4 teams to make a contest were also announced: Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse and U.C.L.A.

Georgia Players Say They Won’t Play in N.I.T.

Georgia’s detriment to Kentucky in an S.E.C. contest quarterfinal finished a Bulldogs’ chances of a contest bid in allege of Sunday’s preference show, yet after a propagandize dismissed Coach Mark Fox he announced in a news discussion on Sunday that his players had motionless they would not accept a bid to a N.I.T. if one were offered. Georgia’s spokesman, Mike Mobley, reliable a propagandize would respect a players’ preference and a team, that went 18-15, is now in hunt of a new coach. Fox warranted dual N.C.A.A. contest bids in his 9 years with Georgia, losing in a initial turn both times.


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The First Four

The initial 4 games of a contest will be hold in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The matchups are as follows:

Tuesday: LIU-Brooklyn vs. Radford, 6:40 p.m. Eastern. Followed by St. Bonaventure vs. U.C.L.A., during approximately 9:10 p.m.

Wednesday: N.C. Central vs. Texas Southern, 6:40 p.m. Followed by Arizona State vs. Syracuse, during approximately 9:10 p.m.

Who’s In, Who’s Out?

As approaching a 68-team margin was announced during a commencement of a TBS broadcast. The 2018 involuntary bids are:


Arizona (27-7);

Bucknell (25-9);

Buffalo (26-8);

Cal State Fullerton (20-11);

Charleston (26-7);

Cincinnati (30-4);

Davidson (20-11);

Georgia State (23-10);

Gonzaga (30-4);

Iona (20-13);

Kansas (27-7);

Kentucky (24-10);

Lipscomb (23-9);

Long Island University-Brooklyn (18-16);

Loyola-Chicago (28-5);

Marshall (24-10);

Michigan (28-7);

Montana (26-7);

Murray State (26-5);

North Carolina Central (19-15);

New Mexico State (28-5);

Penn (24-8);

Radford (22-12);

San Diego State (22-10);

Stephen F. Austin (28-6);

South Dakota State (28-6);

Texas-Southern (15-19);

Maryland-Baltimore County (24-10);

North Carolina-Greensboro (27-7);

Villanova (30-4);

Virginia (31-2);

Wright State (25-9).


Alabama (19-15);


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Arizona State (20-11);

Arkansas (23-11);

Auburn (25-7);

Butler (20-13);

Clemson (23-9);

Creighton (21-11);

Duke (26-7);

Florida (20-12);

Florida State (20-11);

Houston (26-6);

Kansas State (22-11);

Miami (22-9);

Michigan State (29-4);

Missouri (20-12);

N.C. State (21-11);

Nevada (27-7);

North Carolina (25-10);

Ohio State (24-8);

Oklahoma (18-13);

Providence (21-13);

Purdue (28-6);

Rhode Island (25-6);

Seton Hall (21-11);

St. Bonaventure (25-7);

Syracuse (20-13);

Texas Christian (21-11);

Tennessee (25-8);

Texas (19-14);

Texas AM (20-12);

Texas Tech (24-9);

U.C.L.A. (21-11);

Virginia Tech (21-11);

West Virginia (24-10);

Wichita State (25-7);

Xavier (28-5)

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