Dark horse 2018 Final Four picks in each region — March Madness

Did you know however, that the best seed for being an NCAA Cinderella team is #12.

Sixty-four teams are now competing in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which officially begins Thursday, as underdogs and powerhouses alike vie for the title in a series of high-stakes single-elimination contests. Whether you are looking for a March Madness bracket or simply want to fill out your bracket online to manage it, ESPN has you covered. Every post-season, it seems like there is no shortage of quality brackets for fans to choose from, and this year is no different.

CBS and Turner are splitting up this week's games, as well as next week's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games.

"... There's no team like the Jayhawks; I don't care who it is". The Big Ten is in the same boat. "I've been in Allen Fieldhouse; I've seen the Jawhawks play". The usual blue bloods have plenty of talent, but there are reasons to doubt the likes of Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, or North Carolina. This is the third year where March Madness Live has been available in the Connected TV space and new this year is a continuous play feature.

A total of 24 games went into overtime, four into double-overtime and only one had three OT periods.

Coach John Calipari has mentioned it at least 10,000 times this year - the Wildcats are one of the youngest teams in the nation.

The tournament starts Thursday. The most was 2000 when the state had six of its 10 Div. "It didn't look I was going to get the chance". As the top defensive team in the country, they'll be hard to beat. The Cavaliers give up only 53.4 points per game, and are 6-0 against ranked opponents. This year he has the Spartans beating Virginia for the national championship.

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No. 1 Virginia vs.

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That generally means avoiding too many risky picks.

Although they can still reach the second weekend of the Big Dance, the Wolf Pack are flying under our radar more as a No. 7 seed in the South region.

And frankly that's a little bit sad.

A 27-point loss to Gonzaga and losses to the Pennsylvania State University concern me.

Clark and company just flat-out won games this season. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop can put points on the board as easily as any other player in the NCAA. Carr averaged 41.3 points per game in seven outings. That's Bagley-level of dominance in the paint. Oddly enough, the Tarheels and the Badgers both made the Final Four in 2000. "It's just the team I've always rooted for".

Meanwhile almost 5 percent of the ESPN brackets picked Arizona to win it all.

So there you have it: Villanova, Duke, Virginia and Ohio State. Marquette won the championship that year - and the name stuck. 5. This year, nearly $10.4 million is on the line in office pools or more organized competitions, and more than 40 million Americans will fill out their own versions of the playoff brackets to take part, according to the American Gaming Association. Get ready for the headaches.

  • Salvatore Jensen