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Early Final Four Predictions for 2019

   Early Final Four Predictions for 2019

January 10, 2019

We are 67 days away from selection Sunday —at the time of writing this. But that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to get some final four predictions on record.

Odds are out on who will win the tournament as well as who’ll make the Final Four, so you can click here to find the best sportsbook with lines on all of the action.

Likely No. 1 Seeds

duke basketballOk … no big shock here. Duke, Duke, Duke. Everyone has been hyping up this young Duke team since before the season started. They are likely filled with one-and-dones that could dominate the Top-5 overall picks in the next NBA Draft.

The only concern with Duke is the fact that they are so heavily reliant of freshman players. They are probably the most talented team in the country, but will the young core of players be able to stay on point through the pressure and spotlight of March Madness?

Duke is the heavy favorite to win the National Title and at since November their odds to make it to the Final Four have increased from +125 to EVEN. So, not only do the AP and Coaches think that the Blue Devils are the No. 1 team, but the experts pushing money around in Vegas do as well.

Tennessee is tough! We will most likely see them come out of the SEC ahead of Kentucky and all of the rest. Ranked No. 3 in the AP, if they win the SEC Tournament, I have no doubt that the Volunteers will take the top spot in one of the four regions.

Kansas and Kentucky are the next highest on the odds boards behind Duke, to make the Final Four. That said, I doubt either of them will end up as a No. 1 seed. We should look towards the Virginia Cavaliers to take the top spot in a region and then either Michigan or Michigan State. Some pundits are thinking that it will be Michigan who gets the top bid.

At-Large and in Charge

There are a couple of teams that might get No. 2 or lower who have some serious probability of going deep into the tournament.

Let’s start with the Zags. The Zags are ranked 6th in the Power 36 and 5th in the AP Polls, but predictive rankings suggest that they are the second best team in the NCAA. So, we should see the Zags come in as a No. 2 seed that plows their way into the Elite 8 and most likely the Final Four.

UNC has a great shot of pushing deep as well, they are could come in as a three seed, but most likely they’ll take a No. 4. Texas Tech is a likely No. 2 but I see them getting upset fairly early. Despite losing to Alabama, Kentucky is always a legitimate contender and we could see them push through from a No. 3 seed.

The Final Four

So who will make it through the first few rounds?

Michigan State

Duke will live up to the hype and play in the final four. Tennessee gets a top seed but is the first No. 1 to go down. They don’t make past the Sweet 16. Michigan gets knocked out at No. 1, but the Michigan State Spartans come in at a No. 2 and end up in the Final Four. Gonzaga will make their appearance and will actually move past the Final Four and play in the Finals.

Here is the biggest prediction of the year: Duke does not win the title. If Duke faces Tennessee, Virginia, or Gonzaga at any point during the tournament, the will get knocked out; they are just too freshman-heavy.

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