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Tuesday night's First Four play-in games marked the official start of March Madness. There is still a long way to go until the Final Four kicks off in Minneapolis, but the experts are already weighing in. So let's take a look at some expert predictions for this year's Final Four teams from the likes of Andy Katz, Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight Sports), Seth Davis and Clark Kellogg.

Expert Final Four Predictions & Picks

ExpertEast West SouthMidwest Champion
Andy KatzMichigan StateGonzagaTennesseeNorth CarolinaGonzaga
Nate SilverDukeGonzagaVirginiaNorth Carolina Duke
Seth DavisDukeGonzagaPurdueKentuckyDuke
Clark KelloggDukeGonzagaVirginiaHoustonGonzaga

Andy Katz certainly made some bold predictions this year. He was the only analyst not to select  the Duke Blue Devils to come out of the East Region, going with the Michigan State Spartans instead. With upperclassmen like Cassius Winston, Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins, the Spartans might be able to upset the Blue Devils if they meet in the Elite Eight. 

Seth Davis and Clark Kellogg are both big believers in Duke and the Gonzaga Bulldogs to come out of the East and West Regions, respectively. However, Davis likes Purdue in the South and Kentucky out of the Midwest, while Kellogg is leaning toward Virginia and Houston.

Unsurprisingly, Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight's forecasting model likes chalk, with all four of the No. 1 seeds in the Final Four. Simply selecting all No. 1 seeds hasn't always proven the best route in March, as it is one of the most unpredictable sporting events out there. 

Whether you're taking all chalk or picking mostly upsets, figuring out to how to fill out your bracket has become like a science, and listening to some expert opinions rarely hurts. 

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