The Bracket Yard Daily, March 17, 2021: March Madness Predictions
Could use the Luck o’ the Irish filling out our bracket.
The final wave of March Madness begins in a few days, and in a special edition of today’s Daily, we go into detail with our 2021 NCAA Tournament predictions.
Special Sports Story
|[CBB] 2021 NCAA Tournament Predictions|
If it’s March Madness, it’s time to fill out your bracket. (If you need one to fill out, we have you covered.) We predicted every game and you can click the image to enlarge. Just remember that out of millions of brackets in pools and challenges every year, how many are perfect? The odds of a perfect bracket, per the NCAA, are approximately 1 in 120 billion if you consider yourself a fan of the game. We’re going to be wrong, you’re going to be wrong, so let’s just take this for what it is.
5-12 Upsets: We picked two. UC-Santa Barbara over Creighton is one, and Winthrop over Villanova is the other. The Bluejays are a fine basketball team but the Gauchos are a very sneaky team that could get hot and stun Creighton. I do not like the way Villanova has played at times down the stretch and Winthrop has hardly missed a beat.
6-11 Upsets: We only picked Michigan State (out of the play-in) to pick off BYU, who we think is a very good team. Something about Izzo as an underdog that makes sense to us in this game. Keep an eye on Syracuse as they may be the next most-likely, though we did not pick them.
Any Huge Upsets?: We did not pick any in the first round, but we did in the second (see below). Of the seeds 13 through 16 that could nuke someone’s bracket, keep an eye on UNC-Greensboro and Morehead State. Colgate would certainly screw ours.
Is (15) Iona Going to Win?: Probably not, but the sports world will go nuts if Rick Pitino pulls off a 2-15 upset.
First One Seed to Lose?: Baylor. I don’t like the way they have been playing, either. A hot North Carolina could be a matchup problem for them in the second round, so we put the Heels in the Sweet 16.
Lowest Seed in the Elite Eight?: San Diego State (6). Had to be someone and the Aztecs aren’t half bad.
ACC Teams in the Elite Eight?: Zero. Virginia gets the closest in the Sweet 16.
SEC Teams in the Elite Eight?: One; Arkansas.
Big Ten Teams in the Elite Eight?: Three; Iowa, Michigan, and Purdue, though just one escapes.
One Seeds in the Final Four?: Two; Gonzaga and Michigan. This season has been far too chaotic for all of them to make it.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner?: Hail to the Victors.
Games of the Day
[NBA] Milwaukee at Philadelphia: By far the best game on the board on St. Patrick’s Day in any major sport. The two teams are a combined 52-26.
5 Good Sports Links
- [CBB] “Hall Of Fame Coaches Could Be The Giant-Killers This Year,” FiveThirtyEight (Jake Lourim)
- [BOX] “‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler didn’t die after COVID-19 vaccine, wife says,” New York Post (Lia Eustachewich)
- [MLB] “Ryan Braun “Strongly Leaning” Toward Retirement,” MLB Trade Rumors (Connor Byrne)
- [MLB] “Age-old problem: how easy is it for athletes to fake their birthdates?,” The Guardian (Tom Kludt)
- [GOLF] “Tiger Woods returns to video games, this time with PGA Tour 2K series,” ESPN (Associated Press)