Everyone has an opinion on the NCAA men's basketball Tournament, but the majority of experts have Florida and Michigan State reaching the Final Four later this month.
Below are the expert predictions from several major sites, and the consensus calls for Louisville and Arizona to join the Gators and Spartans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas for Final Four Weekend.
Michigan State might be a low No. 4 seed, but head coach Tom Izzo’s 39-15 career record and six Final Four trips in the last 19 years are seen as a huge advantage this time of year. No experts showed resurgent ACC champ and No. 1 seed Virginia any love in the East region, but that likely had more to do with the Spartans proven success.
No. 1 seed Florida was the top ranked team for the majority of the regular season, and was the last school to win back-to-back titles in 2007. In the last seven years, No. 1 seeds have won six times.
Defending champion Louisville brings back top guard Russ Smith and head coach Rick Pitino boasts a 48-16 tournament record. Predicted to come out of the Midwest region, the No. 4 seed Cardinals will have to go through either undefeated Wichita State or ultra-talented Kentucky to reach the Sweet 16, to say nothing of a solid Manhattan team in the second round.
The perfect 34-0 Shockers were selected by many to make a second straight Final Four, but a very competitive region that includes Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, a tough Saint Louis team, and Michigan stand in their way.
The Creighton Bluejays and top NCAA scorer Craig McDermott caught the eye of several experts for a Final Four slot, while Big-Ten juggernaut Wisconsin could also be poised for a run.
Round Two of the tournament gets underway Thursday at noon.
Final Four Predictions
Jay Bilas: Michigan Stage, Kansas, Louisville, Wisconsin
Digger Phelps: Florida, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Duke
Jay Williams: Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Louisville
Dick Vitale: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Nate Silver: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Pat Forde: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville
Brad Evans: Florida, Iowa State, Arizona, Louisville
Gary Parrish: Kansas, Michigan State, Creighton, Wichita State
Matt Norlander: Kansas, Michigan State, Creighton, Duke
Gregg Doyel: Kansas, Iowa State, Arizona, Michigan
Jeff Borzello: Florida, Iowa State, Arizona, Louisville
Seth Davis: Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Wichita State
Luke Winn: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State
Bobby Ilich: Kansas, Michigan State, Creighton, Duke
Anthony Riccobono: Florida, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Louisville
Greg Price: Florida, Iowa State, Creighton, Louisville