March Madness predictions 2019: Virginia is going to win it all. Midwest Region

First Round

#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Iona: North Carolina and Coby White easily proceed. Select: North Carolina
#8 Utah State vs. #9 Washington: [tests notes] Yep, Washington is still Pac-12. Select: Utah State
#5 Auburn vs. #12 New Mexico State: Auburn is rolling out after their SEC tournament title. Chuma Okeke is so much pleasure, and he directs the Tigers to a win. Pick: Auburn
#4 Kansas vs. #13 Northeastern: Kansas is. . .not good. However, they are better than Northeastern. Jayhawks move on. Pick: Kansas
#6 Iowa State vs. #11 Ohio State: Ohio State is just one of the bizarre teams which you don’t have any idea who is going to show up. Funny enough is Iowa State. The Cyclones are coming from a Big-12 name, also Marial Shayok is great. Good enough for me. Pick: Iowa State
#3 Houston vs. #14 Georgia State: Houston will roll up, but let’s all remember when Ron Hunter fell from his seat when his son his a match winner. Ron Hunter is great. Houston wins. Select: Houston
#7 Wofford vs. #10 Seton Hall: Wofford is No. 19 on KenPom and obtained a 7-seed. Kansas is No. 20 on KenPom and obtained a 4-seed. The Terriers got a lousy draw with needing to confront Seton Hall, a team that ended the season with wins over Villanova and Marquette, but Wofford has a dude named Fletcher Magee who is a flamethrower out of three. Select: Wofford
#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Abilene Christian: PJ Washington is reportedly in a walking boot, but that will not be sufficient for Abilene Christian to overcome Kentucky. Pick: Kentucky
Second Round
#1 North Carolina vs. #8 Utah State: I love this game. UNC will win it with a late push, however, the Aggies will hang out long enough to keep things interesting. Tar Heels move on. Select: North Carolina
#5 Auburn vs. #4 Kansas: Would Auburn shoot well enough to win two in a row? Yeah, probably. Also, Kansas is not good. Select: Auburn
#3 Houston vs. #6 Iowa State: Gimme that the Cyclones at a late comeback for the win. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton and Sophomore Lindell Wigginton will need to have big games to overcome Houston’s tough defense. Pick: Iowa State
#2 Kentucky vs. #7 WoffordI thought for a VERY long time about my dude Fletcher Magee (can not get over that name) knocking out Kentucky, however I can not pull on the trigger. If this happens, I’ll be so mad (but also ok with it Wofford). Select: Kentucky
Sweet Sixteen
#1 North Carolina vs. #5 Auburn: Auburn runs out of steam and can not keep up with the back and forth of North Carolina. Coby White and Cam Johnson go away to the Tar Heels, and Luke Maye gets a double-double. Pick: North Carolina
#2 Kentucky vs. #6 Iowa State: Kentucky’s span and depth is too much for the Cyclones. Tyler Herro gets sexy, and Reid Travis is a monster down low. Iowa State puts up a fantastic fight, but falls short in the second half and loses from double-digits. Pick: Kentucky
Elite Eight
#1 North Carolina vs. #2 Kentucky: I understand, more chalk. Kentucky gets revenge on Luke Maye’s match winner from a couple of years back, moving into the Final Four. Pick: Kentucky

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