March Madness 2014: Top Experts' Predictions For Your Last Second Tournament Bracket

 @GP_IBTimes on March 19 2014 10:23 AM
Tom Izzo Michigan State
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, left, has a 39-15 career record and six Final Four trips in the last 19 years, both huge advantages this time of year. Reuters

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

ESPN

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

Yahoo! Sports

Pat Forde: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville

Brad Evans: Florida, Iowa State, Arizona, Louisville

CBS Sports

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

Sports Illustrated

Seth Davis: Florida, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Wichita State

Luke Winn: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State

IB Times

Bobby Ilich: Kansas, Michigan State, Creighton, Duke

Anthony Riccobono: Florida, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Louisville

Greg Price: Florida, Iowa State, Creighton, Louisville

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