NCAA Basketball Tournament 2018: Predicting the results
This time of year is one of the most exciting for the world of sports. Spring training is beginning for Major League Baseball, we're heading down the home stretch of the NBA season, The Masters are just around the corner for the PGA, free agency and the NFL draft are also around the corner, and now it is time for March Madness.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show took place on Sunday evening, and as always, it was met with controversy. People wondered why teams like USC, Middle Tennessee State, and Saint Mary's were left out, but teams that were terrible down the stretch in Oklahoma and Arizona State got in.
This year's tournament is going to be extremely hard to predict because the season itself has been unpredictable. There wasn't a dominant team in the nation, and only one team, Virginia, had less than four losses on the season.
That could mean that this year's NCAA Tournament could be the most chaotic of all-time because it's truly impossible to figure out who will stand above the rest when it counts.
This article will predict every game in the tournament region by region, starting with the South Region.
A pretty boring first round in the South Region as I only have one upset out of the eight games with Loyola-Chicago defeating Miami. Loyola-Chicago is a tournament darling of many people with their great shooting ability and the fact that four of their players average double digits.
Just like the first round, everything goes according to form with the exception of one game. I have Nevada beating Cincinnati here because of a trio of great 6'7" players on their squad that is averaging a combined 50 points per game. If they can avoid foul trouble, they will be dangerous.
One of the more intriguing Sweet Sixteen match-ups is in the South Region between top seed Virginia and Arizona. The Wildcats have one of the best players in the nation with DeAndre Ayton; while the Cavaliers have the best record in all of college basketball this season.
There is some luck involved in advancing in the tournament this far, and keeping injury-free and out of foul trouble is something Nevada has to do every game in order to make it as far as I predict. Unfortunately, their Cinderella season ends here because they run into Virginia, who is the best team in the nation.