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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...
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.
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.
I'm an optimist. If Nova can play to their potential, especially in the last 4 games, they can win their second national championship
Villanova will lose in Sweet 16 to Miami. Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez will prove to much for Villanova.
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
|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|