This is the season of madness, as they say, and what better way to prep for tip off Thursday than to look into the future and share a few bold predictions.
More than anything, we hope these predictions get you thinking about some of the craziest things that have happened in past NCAA Tournaments and could happen in this one. Would anyone have predicted Virginia would be the first No. 1 seed to fall, and to a team whose mascot is an adorable, lovable dog? Definitely not.
We are not saying these predictions will for sure happen and not all of them can happen — at least, not in the same tournament — but we’re bound to get one or two correct.
With that in mind, here are 10 bold predictions for the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
1. Gonzaga makes it to the Final Four
Down year? Hardly. Behind Drew Timme and with essentially no pressure on them, the Bulldogs of Spokane will head to their third Final Four in six years, led by their three-time All-American.
Drew Timme and Gonzaga could be primed for a deep NCAA Tournament run.
2. Texas loses in the second round to Texas A&M, rethinks move to SEC
Was the TV money really worth it? In all seriousness, the tough part for the Longhorns will actually come after their last game, when athletic director Chris Del Conte has to make a call on what to do with interim coach Rodney Terry.
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3. Arizona State makes a run to the Sweet 16
There’s always one play-in team that makes the committee look downright foolish for barely letting them in the tournament, and this year it’s going to be the Sun Devils. Yes, they’ll barely survive their play-in game, but after that it’ll be smooth sailing to the second weekend.
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Publish date : 2023-03-14 19:41:25
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