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


First Round

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Gardner-Webb: THIS Isn’t REMOTELY AN EXCITING? MOVE ON LET’S JUST NOT TALK ABOUT IT. WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Select: Virginia
#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Select: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Oregon: I refuse to select a Pac-12 team, and Oregon’s best win of the season was against Syracuse on a neutral court. Their defense is great, but the offense is not. That won’t be sufficient to get it done against Wisconsin. Pick: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This is the bad combo of a sexy double-digit seed meeting a Power 5 school with injuries. The Anteaters beat up on the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference championship titles. K-State won’t possess Barry Brown, meaning they will have to compensate for his scoring and game direction someplace. Oh, also UC Irvine has a dude. MAX HAZZARD!!! Select: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere near the team they were last year when they won the championship, but they could still shoot threes pretty well and should not have any difficulties with St. Mary’s. It’ll be close, however. Pick: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue after Carsen Edwards includes a quiet afternoon, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver go OFF. Select: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This really is actually the yelling coach sport as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery characters on the sidelines. Iowa was leaking every kind of fluid down the stretch and are limping to the tournament. Cincinnati takes it in a physical, gritty game. Pick: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has as much chance here as a real tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are large, physical, and Tennessee moves easily. Select: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are too much on both offense and defense since they’re the only team in the country from the top-5 in equally on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s exterior shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run from the postseason continues. Am I only picking this because literally nobody wishes to see Virginia-Wisconsin from the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut brief. Nova shoots ODU from the gym. Select: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I will not call them”Tenny” again. This one is really a brutal battle, but Tennessee squeaks out one late as a result of a big play from Jordan Bone. Pick: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have construction confidence as they cruise into the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are a lot to the Anteaters, moving them one win away from the promise land. Select: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: The other game that I desperately wish to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows down things and gets hot from outside as Paschall has a big day in the paint. Pick: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a tough game with Tennesee and can’t figure out the Bundle Line shield. It’ll be close through the first half, however the Hoos pull down the stretch. Pick: Virginia

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