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Sports editor predicts NCAA tournament upsets, Final Four picks

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Austin Slott

Austin Slott

March Madness is once again upon us and if this year’s college basketball season is any indication as to how the NCAA tournament will be, then fans will be in for a treat.

Teams work all season for a chance to make it to the tournament and once they do, the slates are wiped clean.

Anything is possible in March Madness; every year there are Cinderella teams shaking up the college basketball landscape and busting brackets.

Two big teams on upset alert are Arizona and Marquette.

The Wildcats had a decent season but play in a weaker Pac-12 conference.

It would not be surprising if their first-round opponent Belmont knocks them out.

Marquette had a poor showing in the Big East tournament forcing up shots and playing sluggishly in a loss to Notre Dame.

Sometimes the tournament is all about momentum: something Marquette lacks right now.

A first-round loss to Davidson seems very possible for the Golden Eagles.

Final Four picks:

Indiana- Indiana’s season perfectly reflects the unpredictability of this year in college basketball. One week the Hoosiers are the number-one ranked team in the nation; the next, they are losing to an unranked Illinois team on a buzzer beater. But none of this matters. They do have a tough road to the Final Four, potentially facing good Syracuse and Miami teams, but Indiana is amongst the best in college basketball. Expect them to return to glory and win their first national championship since 1987.

Duke- Hate them or love them, Duke is the indisputable Goliath of college basketball. They are like the New York Yankees; they are always expected to have success. Last year was a different story for the Blue Devils after they suffered a devastating first-round loss to 15-seeded Lehigh that has gone down as one of the biggest upsets of all time. However, this year will be a different story; Duke will once again return to Goliath status.

Michigan- The Wolverines had a very good 2012-2013 campaign, finishing the year with a 26-7 record. Do not let the fourth-place finish in conference play fool you; the Wolverines are the second best team in a very competitive Big Ten Conference. It should not surprise anyone if Michigan can get past the one-seed Kansas and make it to their first final four since the Fab 5 days.

Ohio St.- Some may question the prediction of three Big Ten teams reaching the Final Four. But make no mistake, the Big Ten is that strong of a conference this year. The Buckeyes closed their season out in a very impressive fashion. The team went on an eight game win streak and will certainly bring that momentum into the tournament. If they ride this success out, Ohio St. will have another trip to the Final Four.

 

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