The 2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket Has Been Released and 68 Teams Will Take The Floor This Week Hoping For Their "One Shining Moment." Last year, all eyes were on 11-seed Loyola-Chicago, which upset Miami, Tennessee, Nevada, and Kansas State on its way to the Final Four. It was a storybook run that made Sister Jean a household name. This year, the ACC has three No. 1 seeds, with Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia being joined by Gonzaga on the top line. Those teams will have to do their best efforts during March 2018. Those who understand the matchups have the strong shot of their 2019 NCAA Tournament brackets pools and the bragging rights that come with it. I know before you fill out your 2019 March Madness brackets, use the 2019 NCAA Tournament picks and predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
Their proven projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last year, finishing in the top five percent of CBS Sports brackets and calling Villanova to win it all.
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Marching Madness bracket, SportsLine's model says you should back No. 5 Marquette with confidence. Look for the Golden Eagles to bounce back from a tough end of the season to make a Sweet 16 run.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a strong 24-9 season in which they finished second in the Big East and had several head-turning victories. They defeated Louisville, Kansas State, and Wisconsin during the non-conference slate and went 12-6 in the Big East even though they ended the season with a tough stretch.
Marquette bounces back and makes a run to the Sweet 16 now that its offense has turned around, scoring an average of 83 points in its last three games after failing to break 65 in its three previous contests. The Golden Eagles will start their tournament run with a highly-anticipated 5 vs. 12 matchups against Murray State that has many people calling an early March Madness upset.
That game will pit Big East Player Markus Howard against a future top-five pick in the NBA Draft, Murray State's Ja Morant. Both guards are explosive scorers, but the model gives the edge to Howard and Marquette with the expectation that they'll put their recent struggles behind them. Both teams can score, but Marquette is a much better three-point shooting team (39 percent to 34 percent), which is why they should lock in the Golden Eagles to the Sweet 16 as one of your top 2019 March Madness picks.
Another curveball: the No. 9 seed Baylor Bears win the always-tough-to-predict 8 vs. 9 matchups against Syracuse. SportsLine's simulations give Baylor well over a 50 percent chance to advance to the Round of 32 in the West, one of its strongest 2019 NCAA Tournament picks for an 8-9 game.
The Bears struggled late in the season, but they will make them tough during March Madness 2019. Makai Mason is the biggest scoring threat (14.6 points per game), while Mario Kegler (10.7) and Jared Butler (10.1) ) also contribute double-figures.
Syracuse, meanwhile, dropped five of its last seven down the stretch. The only one of the bottom teams in the ACC. The Orange average fewer than 70 points per game, which will pose a major problem against Baydown defense that gave up just 67.2 points for outing this season.
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