My Final Four prediction is North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA, and Gonzaga. The Tar Heels are just working the underrated Theo Pinson back into their rotation after a long absence due to injury. Their offense has yet to hit its ceiling, and data has shown that Roy Williams’s teams historically play better in March than they do in January. They’re no longer ranked in the top 10, but I still think they can reach the Final Four. Gonzaga is currently unbeaten and have some of the best ball movement in the nation. They have a lot of experience and age to their roster, and many of their players have made runs in March Madness in the past. Kentucky has too much talent not to make it all the way to the final four. Malik Monk and Deaaron Fox cannot be stopped! John Calipari also knows what he is doing and has coached teams to the National Championship time and time again. UCLA is a team to look out for they have so much team chemistry and are being manned by the best point guard in the nation Lonzo Ball. He can do it all himself, as long as he is on I do not see UCLA losing a game in March.
Team to look out for: Michigan State
The Spartans stumbled in the early going because they’re young, they played a rigorous schedule, and they lost freshman forward Miles Bridges to injury. Now Bridges is back, freshman forward Nick Ward has emerged as a dynamic post threat, and Tom Izzo is back in business.
Team who will make a run in March: Wichita State
The Shockers held up well in the nonconference season, they have terrific depth, they still play angry on defense, and they should only face one worthy Missouri Valley Conference opponent, Illinois State. The Shockers lost to the Redbirds on the road on Saturday, but I believe they’ll run the table from here and be back in the top 25 by season’s end.
By Noah Brewer