March Madness Bracket Predictions Revealed [Printable Bracket Included]
- Selection Sunday is over and we’ve now got the initial bracket for March Madness 2021!
- Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, and Illinois open as the No. 1 Seed in their respective conferences!
- The First Four Play-In will kick off on March 18th!
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The 2021 NCAA March Madness bracket! ?
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The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is edging closer and closer. As Selection Sunday concludes, matchups begin with the First Four on Thursday, March 18th. You won’t have long to decide on and submit your brackets and there is certainly plenty to think about in this year’s tournament!
Here at WSN, we’ve put together as much info as we could so you can make some informed decisions when filling out your bracket. Find the winners, pick your upsets, and most of all have fun with what is one of the most exciting sporting events of the year!
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March Madness 2021 Schedule
|First Four||5:10 PM EST Thursday, March 18||truTV/TBS|
|First Round||12:15 PM EST Friday, March 19||TBS/CBS/TNT/truTV|
|Second Round||12:15 PM EST Sunday, March 21||TBS/CBS/TNT/truTV|
|Sweet 16||2:00 PM EST Saturday, March 27||CBS (Afternoon)/TBS (Primetime)|
|Elite Eight||7:00 PM EST Monday, March 29||CBS (Monday)/TBS (Tuesday)|
|Final Four||5:00 PM EST Saturday, April 3||CBS|
|National Championship||9:00 PM EST Monday, April 5||CBS|
Who Is the Favorite to Win the 2021 NCAA Tournament?
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan are the favorites to win March Madness 2021. Gonzaga certainly earns their spot at the top of the odds list, as the WCC Champions went undefeated through their 2020-2021 campaign. All four teams are the No. 1 seeds in their respective regions.
Iowa sneaks in as the favorite out of the second-tier schools to compete for the national championship. Don’t rank them as the only dark horse though. Alabama, Houston, Ohio State, Texas, and West Virginia all enter the tournament at a +2000 to win.
Use the odds and seedings to up your chances of winning your bet, but be wary. The National Championship winner has been ranked outside of the top two only five times since 1990. Then again, Gonzaga have been a top-five ranked team nine times since 1999 and they made the regional final just once.
March Madness 2021 Bracket Predictions
They say the death of happiness is a comparison. So in a bid to either inform you or make you second-guess yourself, we’ve listed our picks to make the Final Four below!
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We know, we know, three number one seeds in the Final Four! While it doesn’t actually happen too often, the disparity in quality has been apparent through this COVID-affected season. Distribution across the brackets certainly doesn’t hurt the number one seeds either though.
When it comes to the West Region, you just can’t pick against Gonzaga. They’ve been one of the best in the country and likely won’t face any real competition until they hit the Elite Eight. If there is any possibility of slip-up, a meeting with the Virginia Cavaliers could certainly challenge the Bulldogs in the earlier rounds. Nonetheless, we don’t think Gonzaga’s draw could’ve gone any better for them.
In the East Region, we’ve got to take Juwan Howard’s Michigan Wolverines. They might be considered a bit green in the NCAA Tournament, not having participated since Howard joined the school as head coach, they have a lot going for them. Their diversity is almost unmatched in their region, but they might see some adversity should they face off with the Florida State Seminoles.
The Baylor Bears are the simple choice in a South Region where they seem to tower above the field. They say defense wins championships and Baylor’s guard rotation can do it on both ends of the court. Oh, did we mention that they were the second-rated offense in the country?
Last but not least, our surprise of the tournament comes in the Midwest Region where the Oklahoma State Sooners make our Final Four! Sometimes it takes some star power to make your way to the top and the Sooners have that in spades with freshman guard Cade Cunningham. Our bets don’t just rest on the names though, as the Sooners can attack the paint against any team in the country – easy baskets being the difference between a Hail Mary winner or a decisive victory.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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