The Biggest Reasons Why Each No. 1 Won't Win The NCAA Tournament

Arnold Nichols
March 22, 2019

The rest of his Final Four is pretty chalk, seeing a pair of 1-seeds (Duke, UNC) and 2-seeds (Michigan and Tennessee) reaching Minneapolis. Six seeds are usually watching from the couches by the time the Elite Eight rolls around, but the Wildcats are in the south region, the weakest in my opinion, with the most vulnerable one seed (Virginia). Gonzaga. Guess who is the only team to beat Duke at full strength this year?

The Men's NCAA Tournament is underway, but the Blue Devils do not play until Friday night at approximately 7:10pm ET against North Dakota State from Columbia, South Carolina.

To tell you the truth I think that might be more games than the experts watch because there is no way anyone can actually watch all 64 of these teams to the extent that they know their tendencies and can accurately predict who they can and can't beat.

Obama made an unsurprising pick for his champion: the Duke Blue Devils. And this year, once again, there's nothing particularly controversial about them. In the final, Obama has the Blue Devils beating the Tar Heels to win a sixth national title in program history. Gonzaga is incredibly well-rounded, ranking first in offensive efficiency and sixth in defensive efficiency.

Virginia is number one but Tennessee is second.


Obama appears to have faith in the Huskies, picking them to win the whole tournament.

Saint Mary's has to be taken seriously after cruising past Gonzaga to win the conference tournament.

The first two days of the tournament are the best. The Gaels don't appear to be the same team that had a bunch of bad losses in November. The Bulldogs are well coached and have the talent to make a deep run. Now, the Tar Heels are flying under the radar in a winnable Midwest bracket. Cameron Johnson was an All-ACC first-team selection, while Luke Maye and Coby White found their way onto the second team. Congratulations to the SLU Billikens for a gutsy four-game run that ended with a scintillating come-from-behind win over St. Bonaventure to win the Atlantic 10 title and a ticket to the tournament.

For the ACC, that means the chance at another national championship and this year the conference has three No. 1 seeds in Duke, Virginia and North Carolina. Colgate is a very good three point shooting team and so is Cincinnati. That shooting has propelled the Terriers to a 20-game winning streak.

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