March Insanity predictions 2021: Ryan Fagan’s knowledgeable NCAA Event bracket picks

Like all of you, I used to be simply pleased to fill out an NCAA Event bracket. It was great. Comforting. Acquainted. 

Additionally acquainted? Instantly hating just about each single one in all my picks. It’s attainable, if the bracket had been arrange in another way, that I may have had Illinois and Oklahoma State dealing with off within the nationwide title game, or at the very least the Closing 4. That was form of the dream state of affairs, selecting two groups which are enjoyable to look at sq. off on the largest stage. 

As a substitute? In some way, Oklahoma State would up with a No. 4 seed and now the Cowboys will face Illinois within the second spherical (assuming each win their openers, in fact). Ugh. Selfishly, I HATE having to knock out one in all my Closing 4 groups so early. 

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March Insanity bracket predictions 2021

West Area

Iowa deserves its 2 seed, little doubt, however I used to be nonetheless ready to select the Hawkeyes as an early upset sufferer heading into the bracket reveal. Perhaps even the second spherical. However taking a look at their draw, I don’t see anybody within the backside half of the West area beating them. They’ve a a lot simpler journey to the Elite Eight than Illinois, which is the No. 1 within the Midwest, or Michigan, which is the No. 1 seed within the East.

It’s at all times enjoyable when you might have a second-round matchup of two double-digit seeds, and I feel we get that on this area. Creighton, the No. 5 seed, has been wildly hit-and-miss this 12 months, and that’s a difficult trait in March. May simply see UC Santa Barbara pulling off that upset. And Ohio is the most effective of the 13 seeds, dealing with a Virginia staff that gained’t even be capable to follow this week due to Covid points in this system. Yikes. 

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South Area

Wouldn’t shock me in any respect to see two Huge East groups exit on the fallacious facet of the 12/5 matchups. We talked about Creighton within the West, and within the South area, that’s Villanova. The Wildcats are hurting, and Winthrop is a beast because the 12 seed.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see anybody come out of this area. If Baylor performs to its potential and locks down on protection, no one’s beating the Bears. However Baylor hasn’t finished that quite a bit lately. Ohio State seemed nice within the Huge Ten Event, however that was after shedding 4 in a row. To me, this area is huge open. 

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East Area

I can’t determine whether or not to have Florida State get upended by an excellent UNCG staff — I really like Isaiah Miller’s game, and have for a pair years now — within the opener, or go all the best way to the Elite Eight. Ultimately, I’m betting on Leonard Hamilton. His groups are at all times troublesome to face in March. 

I’m apprehensive about Michigan with out Isaiah Livers. Even when he rushes again, I am apprehensive. 

I didn’t go into Choice Sunday anticipating to select Texas into the Closing 4, however loopy issues occur in March, and I just like the draw for Shaka Sensible and his Longhorns.

15 vs. 2 | 14 vs. 3 | 13 vs. 4 | 12 vs. 5

Midwest Area

When you’re an Illinois fan, you’re not pleased proper now. The Illini nonetheless are gifted sufficient to win all of it, however their street is brutal. They might should face an impressive Loyola staff — the most effective No. 8/9 seed, for my cash — within the second spherical, then both Oklahoma State or Tennessee within the Candy 16. If Illinois does make it to the Closing 4, the Elite Eight game — regardless of who advances out of the underside half of the Midwest area — would be the “best” opponent after Drexel within the opener. I feel Syracuse, the No. 11 from this area, would be the final double-digit seed standing.

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