2019 NCAA Match bracket South Regional: March Insanity predictions, upsets, avid gamers to look at

2019 NCAA Tournament bracket South Regional: March Madness predictions, upsets, players to watch

After Virginia misplaced to UMBC final season within the NCAA Match, changing into the primary No. 1 seed to ever fall to a No. 16 seed, all eyes can be at the South Regional bracket this yr to look how the Cavaliers reply. Is it conceivable — without a doubt it isn’t conceivable — the Cavaliers’ encore appearing as No. 1 seed leads to an identical destiny … proper? 

This season, it is No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb that will get the possibility of an entire life to copy historical past. Taking final season’s debacle into consideration, No. 1 seeds are 135-1 all time towards 16s. So yeah, the chances aren’t nice. However as UMBC proved, it is conceivable! How UVa responds can be a significant focal point — now not simply within the first around, however all through.

Somewhere else within the South, it is somewhat transparent the power of the bracket is considerably deeper than different regionals. Cincinnati, a workforce that received 28 video games this season and completed runner-up within the American, is a No. 7 (!) seed. In the meantime, Giant 12 title-winning Kansas State is a No. Four seed, Giant East title-winning Villanova is a No. 6 seed, and Tennessee, a workforce many idea can be a No. 1 seed, landed as a No. 2 seed consequently in a part of a loss to Auburn two times over the past week. To mention it is a deep bracket can be hanging it evenly; the South is the land of Cinderellas-in-waiting, the place double digit seeds in a position to advancing within the bracket are littered around the regional. 

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Absolute best first-round sport

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon: The eight vs. Nine sport on this regional — Ole Omit vs. Oklahoma — will draw numerous eyes, as will No. 1 seed Virginia having a look to shake its dangerous juju of going through 16 seeds. However the 12 vs. Five matchup is the dandy of this regional within the first around, if best as it suits to a T what other folks search for in a possible dissatisfied. Wisconsin used to be the easier workforce for a lot of the season, but it surely misplaced 4 of its ultimate 10 video games whilst Oregon, which would not have gotten into the sector if now not for successful the Percent-12 Match, enters the NCAAs having received 8 consecutive video games. Strictly from a point-spread point of view, it initiatives to be the nearest sport of the regional in Spherical 1.

Most sensible doable matchup

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 6 Villanova: Yeah, a 1 vs. 2 matchup can be cool within the Elite 8 between Virginia and Tennessee. However let’s get bizarre right here, lets? Tennessee-Villanova within the Candy 16 can be all forms of quirky and superior — two massively other groups with two massively other types. In Tennessee, you’ve gotten a workforce closely reliant on open appears on the rim and within the paint. In the meantime, Villanova takes a median of 30.1 (!) 3-pointers in keeping with sport, consistent with TeamRankings.com — probably the most amongst all groups on this yr’s box.

Dissatisfied lock of the regional

No. 12 Oregon over No. Five Wisconsin: Once this matchup used to be unveiled, I ready myself to ship ideas and prayers to Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers have had an incredible season, earned a No. Five seed, after which the committee spoke back with a, “Howdy, what? Let’s give them a matchup towards the freshest double digit seed within the box!” Tough draw. Oregon is deep, gifted and skilled, and suits up truly nicely with Wisconsin. If Payton Pritchard continues to turn flashes of Magic Johnson along with his passing whilst capturing at his in most cases superb fee, Oregon’s going to be a 2d weekend workforce.

Cinderella workforce that can marvel

No. 11 seed Saint Mary’s: The way of play from Saint Mary’s is an absolute curveball that can have groups now not best swinging and lacking, however falling over the plate in embarrassment at their try to knock them out. The Gaels are some of the slowest-paced workforce within the box of 68; they dangle the ball, paintings the clock, and search for the most productive conceivable shot — even though it takes 29 of the 30 seconds within the shot clock to take action. Defensively, they run most commonly guy units, and they’re disciplined and well-coached. Consistent with KenPom.com, they gave up 96.Nine issues in keeping with 100 possessions this season, which ranks No. 55 amongst 353 Department I groups. If Randy Bennett’s membership can get previous Villanova within the first around, they might waltz into the Candy 16 beneath the radar.

Workforce that can make a far-too-early go out

No. 1 seed Virginia: No query. Remaining season, Virginia misplaced as a No. 1 seed to No. 16 seed UMBC, and whilst I am not predicting that early an go out, I nonetheless suppose the Cavaliers’ historical past and device makes them an early go out candidate. 

Virginia has a cast roster with two doable first-rounders in Ty Jerome and Deandre Hunter, however its trudging taste of play, pack-line protection, and reliance upon forcing groups to overcome them from 3-point vary is a technique that has backfired extra ceaselessly than now not. Since 2001, Virginia has misplaced within the NCAA Match six instances as a higher-seeded workforce. They aren’t to be relied on. 

5 avid gamers to look at

  1. Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue: Edwards is averaging 23.Zero issues, 3.Zero assists and 1.Four steals in keeping with sport for a Purdue workforce that enters the postseason having received 14 of its final 17 video games. Edwards is the center and soul of the Boilermakers. Absolute best participant within the regional by way of a mile. 
  2. Deandre Hunter, F, Virginia: Hunter is not the chief of his workforce in any main statistical class — issues scored, rebounds, assists or steals — however after seeing what UVa did with out him at the court docket final season, it is not possible to state simply how vital he’s. At 6-foot-7 with a close to 7-foot wingspan, Hunter can guard a couple of positions, transfer onto guards, knock down 3-pointers at a 45.7 p.c clip (!) and create photographs for himself and his teammates. By way of this summer time, he will be universally noticed as a top-10 draft prospect. 
  3. Payton Pritchard, G, Oregon: Oregon’s late-season surge coincided with Pritchard’s megastar flip. Within the Geese’ ultimate 8 video games (all wins) he averaged 15.eight issues, 4.Nine assists, and three.Five rebounds in guiding a once-dead workforce again to the postseason. 
  4. Phil Sales space, G, Villanova: Pedigree, pedigree, pedigree. Phil Sales space has all of it. In his time at Villanova, he is received two nationwide championships and performed other roles on each and every contending workforce. Because the main scorer for the reigning title-winning Wildcats, be expecting him to seamlessly information them to some other run.
  5. Admiral Schofield, F, Tennessee: Not possible to overstate simply how nice Schofield has been for Tennessee the previous month. A 6-6 guard/ahead, he shoots 3s at a 41.1 p.c this season, is in a position to protecting inside and outside and performs with a endless motor. 

South Regional winner 

No. 2 seed Tennessee: The Vols have an overly manageable trail to the identify, which can be made more straightforward when Virginia inevitably flops out early. Tennessee has some of the extra spectacular and skilled rosters within the box this yr, and arguably two of the highest six avid gamers within the regional in Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams. When this workforce is firing on all cylinders, they are near-unbeatable. Save for a late-season highway slip-up to Auburn, the Vols best losses within the common season got here towards groups that have been ranked within the top-15.

Consult with SportsLine now to look which No. Three seed reaches the Ultimate 4, and notice who cuts down the nets, all from the type that nailed 12 of the 18 double-digit upsets within the first around the final 3 years!

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