Final Four Predictions


Joe Fitzgerald, Writer

 If we’ve learned anything from the first two rounds of this year’s NCAA tournament it’s that it has been nothing short of madness. With no perfect brackets remaining, not even any experts could have predicted the craziness of this year’s games. From the Cinderella story of Saint peters to many favorites like Kentucky and Iowa getting knocked out, it’s truly been interesting to watch. With the sweet 16 about to be underway, let’s do our best to predict the final four teams that we’ll see face off in New Orleans. 

West Winner: Texas Tech Red Raiders 

When it comes to the west it was a very hard decision to make but I have to choose the Red Raiders. Their sweet sixteen game is against Duke, and as much as we’d all like coach K to have a storybook ending to his legendary career I simply don’t think they can cut it with how Michigan State kept it close with them. From there Texas Tech will most likely have to face the national favorite in Gonzaga in the elite eight. I know it’s more controversial to bet against the Zags but the Red Raiders have the best defensive efficiency rating in the Country and definitely can slow down Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme.  

South Winners: Houston Cougars 

The Cougars are more of an underdog because they’re a 5th seed but I like their odds in this region. Many people have them getting knocked out by one seed Arizona but if Arizona plays like they did vs TCU when they were within seconds of getting upset they will have a hard time winning any more games. Plus, Houston could definitely disrupt this Wildcat offense which if they

East: Purdue Boilermakers 

As much as we would all like to see Saint Peters Get to the Final Four, I’m gonna have to be more realistic and take the Boilermakers. Their offense has looked lethal and I don’t see anyone stopping them in this region. 

Midwest: Kansas Jayhawks 

This region features the most surprises with Iowa State and Miami both in the Sweet Sixteen. However, I think the far best team is Kansas. As much as we’d all like to see a team like Miami pull through, I think the Jayhawks are just too good and have the easiest path to the final four.