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NCAA Tournament 2016: VU Hoops staff bracket picks for March Madness

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The selections are in; we've consolidated the writers of VU Hoops for their Elite 8, Final Four and Championship picks.

Here's what everyone had to say...

Chris

This year I'm saying f*ck it. I never pick Villanova to make the Final 4, and they prove me right. Maybe our fates are connected. In this year of parity, they've got as good as shot as they've had in the last few years.

Brian

Okay, so I went full-homer around the Elite-8. I have Temple advancing past Iowa State, which might be wishful thinking since I like that rematch better for Villanova, but hey, it's the NCAA tournament and upsets have to happen! Realistically, I think this is the year that Villanova gets the monkey off its back and gets back into the second weekend. They will get a challenge in Kentucky either way, but I think a likely Elite 8 pairing with Kansas would be the toughest game they could face along the way. Assuming they pulled that off, though, I have them rematching with Oklahoma -- where they'll need their A-game and a much better game plan than their last meeting on a neutral court.

Brendan

I'm an optimist. If Nova can play to their potential, especially in the last 4 games, they can win their second national championship

Ryan

Villanova will lose in Sweet 16 to Miami. Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez will prove to much for Villanova.

Mike J.

Objectively, I think Villanova is the third-best team in the nation... behind Kansas & Michigan State. After selecting the Jayhawks to beat 'Nova I really started to look at the matchups against Bill Self's squad. I think 'Nova would have a hard time containing Perry Ellis, but then on the flip side, I think the matchups in reverse for Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart are [very] favorable to the 'Cats. However, whoever wins that game won't get past Sparty.

The Staff's Picks

Chris Brian Brendan Ryan Mike Ed
South Runnerup Maryland Terrapins Kansas Jayhawks Kansas Jayhawks Miami-Florida Hurricanes Villanova Wildcats Kansas Jayhawks
South Winner Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats Maryland Terrapins Kansas Jayhawks Villanova Wildcats
East Runnerup Xavier Musketeers West Virginia Mountaineers Xavier Musketeers West Virginia Mountaineers West Virginia Mountaineers Kentucky Wildcats
East Winner North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels Xavier Musketeers
Midwest Runnerup Virginia Cavaliers Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans Virginia Cavaliers Virginia Cavaliers Butler Bulldogs
Midwest Winner Michigan State Spartans Virginia Cavaliers Virginia Cavaliers Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans
West Runnerup Baylor Bears Baylor Bears Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks Baylor Bears
West Winner Texas A&M Aggies Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma Sooners
South vs. West Winner Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats Olahoma Sooners Olahoma Sooners Villanova Wildcats
East vs. Midwest Winner Michigan State Spartans North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Tar Heels Michigan State Spartans Michigan State Spartans
Champion Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats Villanova Wildcats North Carolina Tar Heels Michigan State Spartans Villanova Wildcats