March Madness 2017 Predictions- Posted: Wednesday, March 15th
Below you will find our predictions for the East region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament:
March Madness - East Region Predictions(1) Villanova over (16) Mount St. Mary's
Mount St. Mary's won their play-in game. The prize? No. 1 seed and defending champion Villanova awaits them. There is virtually no chance that Mount St. Mary's pulls off a historic 16-over-1 upset.
(8) Wisconsin over (9) Virginia Tech
I've gone back and forth on this one, which I suppose should be expected given the 8-versus-9 matchup. Virginia Tech could really shoot it -- 40.3 percent from three-point range this season -- and Wisconsin struggled down the stretch (4-6 in their last 10). With the senior leadership of Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, both of whom have played 14 NCAA Tournament games, I'll give the edge to Wisconsin.
> Full March Madness East Region Predictions
March Madness - West Region Predictions(1) Gonzaga over (16) South Dakota State
Playing in their 19th consecutive tournament, Gonzaga has won more than one game in only four of their past 13 tournament bids although two of those four were in 2015 and 2016. Could this be their first-ever Final Four appearance? FiveThirtyEight has Gonzaga (41%) as the team most likely to advance to the Final Four -- Villanova is second (40%).
(8) Northwestern over (9) Vanderbilt
For the first time in school history, Northwestern has made the NCAA Tournament. Despite being the higher seed in this matchup, they are slight underdogs, but the feel-good story continues ... for at least a few more days.
> Full March Madness West Region Predictions
March Madness - South Region Predictions(1) North Carolina over (16) Texas Southern
Texas Southern is 0-6 all-time in the tournament and will look to do something no other team has done -- win as a No. 16 seed. Despite starting four guards, the Tigers shoot less than 30 percent from three-point range and won't have the length, athleticism or talent to keep up with the 'Heels.
(9) Seton Hall over (8) Arkansas
Seton Hall enters the tournament winners of six of their past eight and the two losses were to East Region No. 1-seeded Villanova. Meanwhile, four of their six wins over that stretch were against tournament teams -- Creighton, Xavier, Butler and Marquette.
> Full March Madness South Region Predictions
March Madness - Midwest Region Predictions(1) Kansas over (16) UC Davis
UC Davis beat North Carolina Central and the reward is a matchup against the Jayhawks. As we all know, a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed and this won't be the first.
(9) Michigan State over (8) Miami-FL
Miami is a small favorite and this game could certainly go either way, but it's hard for me to go against Tom Izzo in March (even after their first-round loss as a No. 2 seed last year).
> Full March Madness Midwest Region Predictions
> 2017 March Madness Final Four Predictions
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