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NCAA Basketball: Final Four Predictions

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    This year's Final Four is all set and just about to get started. So what's everyone's predictions on the winners? Looks like we're missing some of the normal teams this time around, but it's always nice to see some fresh teams when closing in on the championship game.

    No.1 Virginia vs. No.5 Auburn

    I've seen most predictions say that Auburn should win this matchup. Virginia is really great this year at simply not letting anyone get inside the 3pt line. And if you can't get inside the 3pt line, you're basically forced into either far shots or passing the ball until an eventual mistake. Auburn just so happens to be great this year at 3-pointers with a 38.3% as a team, so that gives them a good chance to win.

    No.2 Michigan State vs. No.3 Texas Tech

    I'm not really sure what to make of this one. In my opinion, both teams have been excellent this year. Texas Tech has Jarrett Culver, who is arguably one of the best players on the court. It also has a better defense than Michigan, so you'd think those two combined would make it pretty clear. On the other hand, Michigan State has Cassius Winston and I honestly think that they are just more well-rounded than TT. This game should be super entertaining.

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    I think Auburn has been playing above their heads and Virginia will take it fairly easily. But I haven't been following either team as much as the other match up so I could be totally surprised. Seems to me all Auburn has to do is have an off day with 3's and they're done. Hard to rely on high percentage shooting all the time.

    For Texas Tech vs Michigan State, this is the match up of the tournament to me. Michigan State seems like the best of the 4, but I am reallly rooting for TT because of their stellar defense and the fact they have never made it this far before. So I just want them to win it all. Whoever wins this match up though I feel will win the whole thing, and I have to give the advantage to Michigan State.

    I can't say my predictions have been good to this point though.. I picked Duke v NC in the finals :|.

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    Half my bracket is still alive, where I have Texas Tech vs Michigan State in the Final Four. And I predicted Michigan State to win. I'll definitely stick with that. And I have Michigan State to win it all. Still confident in that as well.

    For the other part.. I had NC vs Tenn.. so way off there. But that said, gimme Virginia by a good margin.

    Score predictions for the hell of it:

    Virginia 76, Auburn 67
    Michigan State 67, Texas Tech 63

    Here's my reasoning. VT has avg 66.75 points in the tournament. But in their last game they had to score 80 to beat Purdue. So I think they can outpace their avg to keep up with Auburn who has avg 85.25 in the tournament. Auburn has allowed 75.75 so they don't have a strong defense. Virginia's D is far better, allowing only 57.75. Something has to give between good D and strong offense. I expect Virginia to show up.

    For the other game, here goes.. Michigan State has avg 73.5 points so far. And allowed 61.25 per game. Texas Tech's #s are 72 on avg scoring and allowing just 57 points per game on avg. Seeing as how TT has the best defense in the game but Gonzaga was able to put up 69 on them, I'm thinking Michigan State gets close to that. But if you look at it Mich State's defense is also very good. So this should be a relatively lower scoring game and a close one.

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    That was a great game. Auburn played almost perfectly in the last 5 minutes. Just one dumb foul really. Way closer they I thought it was g0nna be -

    Virginia vs Auburn (Final Four)

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    I think Auburn has been playing above their heads and Virginia will take it fairly easily. But I haven't been following either team as much as the other match up so I could be totally surprised. Seems to me all Auburn has to do is have an off day with 3's and they're done. Hard to rely on high percentage shooting all the time.

    For Texas Tech vs Michigan State, this is the match up of the tournament to me. Michigan State seems like the best of the 4, but I am reallly rooting for TT because of their stellar defense and the fact they have never made it this far before. So I just want them to win it all. Whoever wins this match up though I feel will win the whole thing, and I have to give the advantage to Michigan State.

    I can't say my predictions have been good to this point though.. I picked Duke v NC in the finals :|.

    Annnnd Texas Tech takes it home!

    Texas Tech 61 - Michigan State 51

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