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March Madness bracket 2018: Mike DeCourcy's NCAA Tournament predictions

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Given that I have not entered an NCAA Tournament pool since the internet was invented, I have no idea whether my bracket effort from a year ago would have produced acceptable results.

I suspect it would not have done well; I correctly picked only one Final Four team.

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I did have UNC winning, however, so I’m calling that a victory.

Can I repeat that this year? My Final Four picks this year are Michigan, Arizona, Villanova and Duke. I'm not confident, though, because this has been such a curious season.

I read a piece last week from Ken Pomeroy of The Athletic discussing the annual assertion that the tournament selection process is suffering from a "bad bubble.” My initial reaction was that suggesting only the bubble was bad seemed too limiting, and when the bracket was released and you had TCU as a No. 6 seed at 21-11 and Texas A&M as a 7 at 20-12 – my goodness that’s terrible.

A year ago, Wisconsin was 25-9 with six victories over the NCAA Tournament field and was dumped into an 8-9 game.

NCAA BRACKET BREAKDOWNS:

East | South | Midwest | West

Goodness, how far we have fallen.

It should be fun, though, because the uninspiring field is evenly matched, and that is what produces great competition. Whether it produces a great NCAA bracket for me remains to be seen.

March Madness bracket picks

South region

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West region

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East region

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Midwest region

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MORE NCAA BRACKET PICKS:

Bender (Virginia) | Birdsong (Arizona) | Fagan (Villanova)

Final Four predictions, national champion

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My Final Four picks this year: Michigan over Arizona, and Villanova over Duke.

Villanova is my pick to win the national championship.

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