Final Four Predictions 2018: Picks, Best Odds to Win National Championship

East Region: Pull for (former) USF assistants here

Xavier is the top seed in the West Regional, but we see Gonzaga, the No. 4 seed, emerging from the bracket.

The Wildcats earned the No. 1 seed in the East Region of this year's NCAA Tournament.

Brunson, the USA Today player of the year, is averaging 19.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, and he is connecting on 53.1 percent of his shots from the field. It was Wisconsin, which stunned No. 1 seed and defending national champ Villanova; and West Virginia, which knocked off Bucknell in the first game and Notre Dame in the second.

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Marquette was the only team to score 70 points against them in NY and Butler was the only team to come close to shooting 50 percent from the field (48.1).

LIU-Brooklyn's Joel Hernandez is one of the feel-good stories coming into the NCAA Tournament.

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Villanova smothered Radford on the defensive end and buried the Highlanders with a barrage of threes. Radford shot the ball well at 47.5% which was an easy victor versus the 38% accuracy of the Blackbirds. UCLA has been no stranger to high-profile wins this season, defeating both Pac-12 champion Arizona, plus SEC champion Kentucky in non-conference play. Brunson likely won't be a top pick in this summer's National Basketball Association draft like his backcourt mate Mikal Bridges, but he should thrive in the Big Dance. Mikal Bridges added 13, Eric Paschall 11 and Omari Spellman, Phil Booth and freshman Dahmir Cosby-Roundtree pitched in with 10 points each. Were the 8-9 games too overcrowded to put the Razorbacks where they belonged? That's all anyone really cares about. Sitting at 13-0 and the #1 team in the country in the AP Top 25 poll, the Wildcats made the trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse to face the perennial thorn in their sides, the Butler Bulldogs.

Following the win over Gonzaga, the Wildcats continued their run of victories, knocking off LaSalle, Temple, Hofstra and then opening conference play with a win over DePaul. I think the Vols will get by Wright State but making it out of the weekend could be tougher than you'd expect for a 3-seed. They've been a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the East four times since 2014; in the previous three they lost in the second round each time. "We all like to look at it [the bracket] and have fun with the matchups, but we know it's one game at a time". "We can't let anything on the outside distract us". Their value is in practice and keeping the other players sharp during games. "You just don't know who you're going to get". When he's got his game going, he takes away your soul. That means there might be value on the favorite, which have at least shown flashes of being a great team this season.

Villanova is 30-4 on the season after winning the Big East Conference Championship for the second consecutive season.

Jay Wright's Villanova Wildcats are a popular choice to make this year's Final Four. He has spoken about it at great length. But, after winning a championship two seasons ago, the expectations are higher for this team as we enter what is seemingly a wide open tournament field.

"I heard Jalen talk about it", Wright said.

"I wouldn't say pressure is the word", Guy said, per NCAA Tournament wrapped up in San Antonio, and the last time coach Bill Self and Kansas cut down the nets as national champions.

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