Simulation: Predicted NCAA tournament Cinderellas, sleepers and busts

Simulation: Predicted NCAA tournament Cinderellas, sleepers and busts

Simulation: Predicted NCAA tournament Cinderellas, sleepers and busts

The margins by which they destroyed their (admittedly weak) competition gives every indication this is, at worst, a top-25 team.

We already went over this a bit, but it bears repeating: Villanova did not get a very pleasant prize for being the tournament's no. 1 overall seed. Villanova, who won the tournament previous year on a dramatic buzzer-beater, enters the tournament as a one-seed, along with Kansas, Gonzaga and North Carolina. Might he have some more magic this March?

Big 12 runnerup West Virginia pulled down the No. 4 seed in the West, where 32-1 Gonzaga is the No. 1 and Pac-12 Tournament victor Arizona the No. 2. But the Wolverines followed with Friday's overtime win against regular-season champ Purdue to reach the semifinals. U.Va. has won three straight round of 64 games under coach Tony Bennett; the stickler might be the fact that if they win, the Cavaliers would likely face Florida.

No. 12 Nevada over No. 5 Iowa State: The Wolf Pack were the best of a rather mediocre lot in the Mountain West Conference this season, but they have the balance and toughness to hang with and possibly take the Cyclones out. Yes, Duke is the No. 2 in Villanova's region. If they were matched up, Wichita State would be a 6- or 7-point favorite, if not more.

UNO earned its berth into the NCAA Tournament by defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Saturday's Southland Conference Tournament title game in an overtime thriller that required a double-digit comeback by the Privateers before walking away with a 68-65 victory.

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The Jayhawks have first-week games in Tulsa, and the Sweet 16 is in Kansas City. Kentucky and Duke, maybe the two most talented teams, haven't been invincible.

Then again, neither was past year. The Ducks can hit shots with the best of them, but if they go cold for a half, they might be flying home early.

With that warning, my Final Four is based mostly on the numbers I have found to be most significant in handicapping the tournament. Those are good combos come tournament time. Freshmen TJ Leaf (16.2 ppg) and Lonzo Ball (14.6 ppg), along with senior Bryce Alford (15.8 ppg) pace a team that is just scary when it's hitting on all cylinders. The 6-foot-8 forward leads the Golden Flashes in scoring (18.9 points per game), rebounding (10.5) and assists (2.6) and has recorded 22 double-doubles, which are tied for the fourth-most in the nation.

The Commodores are a tough draw for the Wildcats, as they're considered to be one of the more risky of the higher-seeded teams and will be a tough out if Northwestern's going to keep their dream season alive.

This marks the 37 appearance all-time for the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and third time they have earned the No. 1 seed.

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Prediction: North Carolina over UCLA.

"Sometimes we've had brackets that have seemed easy and we've never got out of it and sometimes we've had brackets that have seemed impossible and we advanced", Wright said. The top-seeded Tar Heels, however, are well-balanced and came close to winning it all a year ago. There are so many potentially juicy matchups for Roy Williams' crew, but they should get to the Elite Eight without much of a hassle.

No. 2 Arizona against No. 15 North Dakota. The 29-5 Seahawks bring a potent offense (10th nationally at 85.1 points per game) as well as a seven game winning streak.

Stay away from: Ultra-talented No. 3 Florida State was flawless at home and 8-8 on the road. And they're playing great.

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