NCAA Tournament 2018: The Men's Chaos Bracket That Could Actually Happen

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    Biggest First-Round Upset: No. 15 Georgia State over No. 2 Cincinnati

    At prolonged last, a large upset! We have dual No. 12 seeds and dual No. 13 seeds advancing to a second round, yet that isn’t too chaotic. Heck, from 2008-13, there was a No. 12 vs. No. 13 matchup in 5 out of 6 years. And everybody knows there’s during slightest one No. 12 over No. 5 dissapoint in usually about any tournament.

    But a No. 15 over a No. 2? That has usually happened 8 times in contest history. It has happened 4 times in a final 6 years, though, so it’s not plainly absurd.

    There are several reasons to like this mark for a vital bracket-buster.

    First, it’s a Sun Belt. This was a joining obliged for No. 14 Georgia State over No. 3 Baylor, as good as No. 12 Arkansas-Little Rock over No. 5 Purdue in a past 3 seasons. It doesn’t get regular-season courtesy like a Missouri Valley or Mountain West Conferences, yet this has turn a joining for intolerable upsets.

    Second, Cincinnati is unquestionably a misfortune of a No. 2 seeds. we am good wakeful that KenPom has a Bearcats as a fourth-best group in a country, yet a good apportionment of that is a home games they won opposite Savannah State, Western Carolina, Coppin State, Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Cleveland State by a total measure of 547-344. They didn’t win a singular diversion opposite a No. 3 seed or better. Duke and Purdue any won two. North Carolina won four.

    Third, Georgia State is a best No. 15 seed, and it has one of a best possibilities to take over a diversion in D’Marcus Simonds. The sophomore scored in double total in all yet one diversion this season, averaging 21.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals. And he is surrounded by teammates who can cadence it from three-point range, that spreads a building for him to do his thing.

    Other first-round upsets: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago over No. 6 Miami


    Biggest Second-Round Upset: No. 11 Loyola-Chicago over No. 3 Tennessee

    The bottom half of a South Regional is going to be absurd. There is not a group in that octet we demeanour during and say, “Oh yeah, that’s a Sweet 16 team.” So, that’s where we’re loading adult on a madness.

    Loyola-Chicago isn’t your standard No. 11 seed that usually hardly sneaks into a contest as a middle-of-the-pack group from a vital conference. The Ramblers have good metrics and haven’t mislaid a diversion given a finish of January.

    Most notably, Loyola-Chicago won a highway diversion over Florida behind in early December. But here’s a implausible thing about that contest: one comparison starter (Ben Richardson) did not play given of a damaged hand, and heading scorer Clayton Custer suffered an ankle injury, finishing with usually 4 points in 14 minutes. The Ramblers were nowhere tighten to full strength and still pulled off one of a bigger upsets of a season.

    They did remove 3 of their subsequent 5 games given of those injuries, yet they are 17-1 during full strength given Jan. 7. And feel giveaway to summary me with your “the Missouri Valley isn’t a same though Wichita State” retorts. Every singular group in that joining finished in a top 155 on KenPom. Each diversion was a intensity detriment in a many offset joining in a country, yet Loyola cruised by it.

    So, yeah, a Ramblers are able of violence Miami and Tennessee.


    South Region’s Final Four Representative: No. 5 Kentucky Wildcats

    Kentucky might remove in a initial turn to Davidson. It’s going to some-more than have a hands full with Arizona in a second round, as good as Virginia in a Sweet 16.

    But this is John Calipari we’re articulate about, and his group is peaking during a right time, usually like it always seems to do.

    In a prior 12 yearseight with Kentucky, 4 with MemphisCalipari has one inhabitant championship, 5 Final Fours, 9 Elite Eights and 10 Sweet 16 appearances. And that manager is scheduled to go adult opposite a dual coaches (Sean Miller and Tony Bennett) who are substantially a many scandalous for carrying never taken a group to a Final Four.

    After violence Arizona and Virginia, knocking off No. 7 Nevada will feel like a travel in a park.

    Feel giveaway to remove nap over a intensity Sweet 16 showdown between Deandre Ayton and a pack-line defense, yet we’re going with Kentucky to make an doubtful Final Four run on standard with what it did in 2014.

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