It’s time to fill out your bracket for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. For those of you looking for some help on who to take in each game, or just for some possible upsets, here is a look at who I have coming out of each region. I have also listed my Final Four predictions as well to help you win your bracket contests and pools. Be sure to check out my completed bracket for my picks in every game.
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The East is pretty loaded. I am picking some upsets here as I find it hard to see Baylor making the Final Four again after winning the National Championship last year. They are much more vulnerable this year as a one seed. They have a meeting with UCLA in the Sweet 16, and I have the 4th-seeded Bruins pulling the upset. I could see Kentucky, Purdue or Virginia Tech coming out of the bottom half of the region, but I’m going with the Wildcats. It will be a great matchup between blue bloods in the Elite 8, where I have the Kentucky edging out UCLA to make the Final Four.
Arizona also has a rough path to the Final Four, but I’m backing the Wildcats to get there. I believe they are the best team in the country and will find a way. There most difficult game to make the Final Four may come in the Round of 32, where they will have to face the Houston/Illinois winner. I’m expecting Villanova to cruise through the bottom half of the region, where they’ll fall to Arizona in the Elite 8.
The West is loaded but I’m still picking Gonzaga to make the Final Four. They will have to play the Boise State/Memphis winner for a difficult Round of 32 game as both of these teams are underrated. Then they’d have to face the UConn/Arkansas winner. There’s also Texas Tech and Duke in this region. It wouldn’t surprise me if any of the top five seeds made the Final Four from the West.
This appears to be the easiest reason of them all. Kansas has an easy path, but I’m expecting them to get upset by the red-hot Hawkeyes. Iowa has an easy path to Kansas with Providence being overrated as a 4-seed. Auburn also has a pretty easy path in the bottom half of the region and should meet the Hawkeyes in the Elite 8. I definitely don’t trust Auburn much, so there’s no way I’m picking them to make the Final Four. The Hawkeyes continue their hot streak and surprise as a 5-seed.
I have Gonzaga beating Kentucky and advancing to the championship game. They will face Arizona, which will put an end to Iowa’s run. Unfortunately for Bulldogs fans, it’s going to be another heart break where they make the championship game for a second straight year only to come up short. Arizona is your 2022 national champion.