Madness in March

Sweet 16 Predictions


Photo: USA Today. Kansas Guard Devonte Graham.

Tyler Didio, Staff Writer

How is your bracket doing? One question that is considered ancient to all of us now, because there are obviously no more perfect brackets left. It is pretty easy to tell if everyone’s bracket is busted when there are teams like Loyola-Chicago, Kansas State, and Nevada, that are all playing in the same region of their perspective bracket. On March 22, there will be four games played. The first game tips off at 7:07 p.m. CT and it will be Loyola-Chicago (11 seed) versus Nevada (7 seed). The next game will start at 7:37 p.m. CT and it will be the Michigan (3 seed) versus Texas A&M (7 seed). 9:37 p.m. CT Kansas State (9 seed) will play the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats (5 seed). Finally, the last game of the night will be at 10:07 p.m. CT and it is Florida State (9 seed) versus Gonzaga (4 seed).

Photo: Star-Telegram. Loyola-Chicago celebrating as they defeat the Miami Hurricanes.

The next set of games will be played on March 23, and the teams in these regions are less surprising then the other regions. The first game is Clemson (5 seed) versus the highly talented Kansas Jayhawks (1 seed). The next game is West Virginia (5 seed) versus Villanova (1 seed). Kansas and Villanova are the only one seeds left in their regions. The next game scheduled is Syracuse (11 seed) versus Duke (2 seed), which should be a very entertaining game despite the seeding differential. Lastly, Texas Tech (3 seed) will take on Purdue (2 seed) which should also be an entertaining game to watch. Winners of all these games will move onto the Elite 8.

Photo: Marvin Bagely (right) for Duke driving to the basket.

We all know that this tournament has been one of the most craziest roller coaster rides ever, so we should probably expect more craziness to happen as we boil down to the Final Four. That is why I am going to predict that the Final Four will be Kentucky versus Michigan and Purdue versus Kansas. Then we will see Kentucky versus Kansas in the Championship game, and I am going with the Kansas Jayhawks to win the 2018 March Madness Tournament.