March Madness predictions 2019: Virginia is going to win it all. South Region

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First Round

#1 Virginia vs. #16 Gardner-Webb: THIS IS NOT REMOTELY AN EXCITING? MOVE ON LET’S JUST NOT TALK ABOUT IT. WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Pick: Virginia
#8 Ole Miss vs. #9 Oklahoma: [long pause] Umm, Ole Miss? Select: Ole Miss
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 OregonI refuse to select a Pac-12 group, and Oregon’s best win of the season was against Syracuse to a neutral court. Their defense is good, but the crime is not. That will not be enough to do it against Wisconsin. Pick: Wisconsin
#4 Kansas State vs. #13 UC Irvine: This is the awful combo of a sexy double-digit seed meeting a Power 5 school with injuries. The Anteaters beat upon the Big West Conference, winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. K-State will not have Barry Brown, meaning they will have to compensate for his scoring and game management somewhere. Oh, and UC Irvine includes a dude called Max Hazzard. MAX HAZZARD!!! Select: UC Irvine
#6 Villanova vs. #11 Saint Mary’s: The Wildcats are nowhere close to the team they were last year after they won the championship, but they can still shoot threes pretty well and should not have any difficulties with St. Mary’s. It is going to be close, however. Pick: Villanova
#3 Purdue vs. #14 Old Dominion: LET’S GET CRAZY. Old Dominion over Purdue after Carsen Edwards includes a quiet day, while BJ Stith and Ahmad Caver move OFF. Pick: Old Dominion
#7 Cincinnati vs. #10 Iowa: This is the yelling coach sport as Fran McCaffrey and Mick Cronin are known for their. . .fiery personalities on the sidelines. Iowa has been leaking every kind of fluid down the stretch and are limping to the tournament. Cincinnati takes it in a physical, gritty game. Select: Cincinnati
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 Colgate: Colgate has as much of a chance here as a real tube of toothpaste. The Volunteers are large, physical, and Tennessee moves on easily. Select: Tennessee
Second Round
#1 Virginia vs. #9 Ole Miss: The Cavaliers are overly much on both offense and defense as they’re the only team in the nation from the top-5 in equally on KenPom. Pick: Virginia
#5 Wisconsin vs. #13 UC Irvine: Wisconsin’s exterior shooting goes cold and UC Irvine’s run in the postseason persists. Am I just picking this because literally no one wants to see Virginia-Wisconsin from the Sweet 16? Maybe. Select: UC Irvine
#12 Old Dominion vs. #6 Villanova: Cinderella’s ball is cut brief. Nova shoots ODU out of the gym. Select: Villanova
#7 Cincinnati vs. #1 Tennessee: CINCY VS TENNY IN COLUMBUS. Ok, fine, I won’t call them”Tenny” again. This one is really a brutal conflict, but Tennessee squeaks out one late thanks to a large play from Jordan Bone. Select: Tennessee
Sweet Sixteen
#1 Virginia vs. #13 UC Irvine: The Cavaliers have construction confidence as they cruise to the Elite Eight. De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, and Kyle Guy are a lot for the Anteaters, moving them one win away in the promise land. Select: Virginia
#6 Villanova vs. #2 Tennessee: The other game that I desperately want to see. Finesse vs. braun. Villanova slows down things and gets hot from outside as Paschall has a major day at the paint. Select: Villanova
Elite Eight
#1 Virginia vs. #6 Villanova: Villanova is worn out after a difficult game with Tennesee and can’t figure out the Pack Line defense. It’ll be close through the first half, however the Hoos pull away down the stretch. Select: Virginia

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