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 move on. Select: North Carolina
#8 Utah State vs. #9 Washington: [checks notes] Yep, Washington remains Pac-12. Select: Utah State
#5 Auburn vs. #12 New Mexico State: Auburn is rolling following their SEC tournament title. Chuma Okeke is so much pleasure, and he directs the Tigers to a win. Select: Auburn
#4 Kansas vs. #13 Northeastern: Kansas is. . .not good. But, they are better than Northeastern. Jayhawks move on. Pick: Kansas
#6 Iowa State vs. #11 Ohio State: Ohio State is just one of those bizarre teams that you have NO idea who will appear. Funny enough is Iowa State. The Cyclones are coming from a Big-12 title, and Marial Shayok is great. Good enough for me. Select: Iowa State
#3 Houston vs. #14 Georgia State: Houston will roll, but let us all remember when Ron Hunter fell from his seat when his son his a match winner. Ron Hunter is great. Houston wins, though. Select: Houston
#7 Wofford vs. #10 Seton Hall: Wofford is No. 19 on KenPom and got a 7-seed. Kansas is No. 20 on KenPom and obtained a 4-seed. The Terriers got a bad draw with needing to confront Seton Hall, a group that ended the season with wins over Villanova and Marquette, but Wofford has a dude named Fletcher Magee who is a flamethrower from three. Pick: Wofford
#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Abilene Christian: PJ Washington is allegedly 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 proceed. Select: North Carolina
#5 Auburn vs. #4 Kansas: Would Auburn shoot well enough to win two in a row? Yeah, probably. Additionally, Kansas isn’t good. Pick: Auburn
#3 Houston vs. #6 Iowa State: Gimme that the Cyclones at a late comeback to the win. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton and Sophomore Lindell Wigginton will need to get big games to conquer Houston’s defense. Pick: Iowa State
#2 Kentucky vs. #7 WoffordI thought for a lengthy time about my dude Fletcher Magee (can not get over that name) knocking out Kentucky, but I can not pull on the trigger. Should this happen, I’ll be so mad (but also ok with it because, Wofford). Pick: Kentucky
Sweet Sixteen
#1 North Carolina vs. #5 Auburn: Auburn runs out of steam and can’t keep up with the back and forth of North Carolina. Coby White and Cam Johnson go away for 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 a lot for the Cyclones. Tyler Herro gets hot, and Reid Travis is a monster down low. Iowa State puts up a good fight, but falls short in the second half and loses from double-digits. Pick: Kentucky
Elite Eight
#1 North Carolina vs. #2 KentuckyI understand, more chalk. Kentucky gets revenge on Luke Maye’s game winner out of a couple of decades ago, moving into the Final Four. Pick: Kentucky

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