NCAA Tournament Final 4 Prediction Released By ESPN
An NCAA Tournament Final 4 prediction was released by ESPN this past week, and it featured all of the usual suspects.
Heading into March, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is becoming increasingly more relevant. The index features a preview of sorts regarding what will happen as the college basketball season descends into March Madness.
According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, there are currently three heavy favorites to ultimately go far in the looming NCAA Tournament.
The favorites are not particularly surprising, for the most part, with the exception of the final team.
Duke leads the way. The Blue Devils are currently 23-4 and boast a 14-3 conference record. Currently, the squad sits behind Florida State in the ACC – but that will likely change as we get closer to March Madness.
Next up is Kansas, who is currently the No. 1 ranked team in the nation after a thrilling victory over Baylor this past weekend. The Jayhawks are 24-3 on the year and 13-1 in their conference – placing them neck and neck with the Bears.
After that is Gonzaga, who is also coming off an embarrassing loss to BYU this past weekend. The Bulldogs have a 27-2 overall record and are 13-1 in their conference.
Finally, the biggest surprise of the list: Michigan State. The Spartans are 18-9 on the year and 10-6 in Big Ten play. After a lot of early preseason hype, Tom Izzo’s squad has been somewhat underwhelming this year.
That said, ESPN’s model still has high hopes for the Spartans.
All in all, this is shaping up to be a really fun one month stretch ahead in college basketball. Who will ultimately emerge victorious when it is all said and done? Time will tell.