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Making predictions about March Madness is a tall task. It's a notoriously unpredictable time of year in sports, but that's what makes the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament one of the most exciting sporting spectacles around. It seems like every year, without fail, there are upsets, blowouts and underdogs making Cinderella runs at glory.
College Basketball NCAA Tournament Predictions
Duke Makes Deep Run
The 2019 college basketball season has been filled with parity. The one team that seemed to rise above the pack, Duke, now has big-time questions surrounding star forward Zion Williamson after he sprained his knee. Even with Williamson's future at Duke in doubt, the Blue Devils should still be primed for a long tournament run, featuring star scorer R.J. Barrett and Hall-of-Fame coach Mike
Fellow projected No. 1 seed Virginia may not be as lucky. Look for the Cavaliers to follow up their historic 2018 first-round loss with another underwhelming outing in the NCAA tournament.
While UVA has remained a model of consistency over the past few regular seasons, the team's methodic style of play has not translated well to the unpredictable nature of the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers rank 10th in the country in 3-point percentage at 39.2 percent, but they don't crack the top-130 in 3-point attempts per game. Virginia could be the first top seed eliminated this year if it ends up matched up with an underdog like Wofford, who is third in the country in 3-point percentage at 41.4 percent with a much higher volume, taking 26.3 three-pointers each game.
Undervalued Kentucky Shines
Meanwhile, another projected No. 1 seed has managed to fly far under the radar this season. It is disingenuous to call a John Calipari-led Kentucky team an underdog, but it does feel like a lot of people wrote them off after they were shellacked by Duke on opening night despite being favored.
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