2015 NCAA Bracket Picks
With a weekend of conference tournament deciders in the bag and the field for the NCAA Tournament officially set, it is time for my 2015 NCAA Bracket Picks. My predictions for the top seeds were nearly flawless, but that was hardly a difficult task given how the conference tournaments shook out. Hopefully my bracket picks perform as well. The latest NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Betting Odds would indicate at least one of the regions is a no-brainer with Kentucky listed as a +110 to win the National Championship and a -275 pick to represent the Midwest in the Final Four.
2015 NCAA Bracket Picks:
Midwest Region – No. 1 Kentucky (11 to 10 NCAA Tournament Odds)
It is so tempting to not take Kentucky, as everyone else will, no doubt, be picking the Wildcats to make it to Indianapolis. One could really set him or herself apart by taking a Notre Dame or Kansas and actually have one of those teams spoil what have been an epic season for the Wildcats. On the other hand, you’d look awfully foolish having a bracket without Kentucky in the Final Four if it does, indeed, make it to the National Semifinals. I’ll side with safety in this case and also the best team in the country. So Kentucky it is and Kentucky it will stay.
East Region – No. 2 Virginia (11 to 1 NCAA Tournament Odds)
Going against Villanova right now hardly looks like a smart decision, especially with the Cavaliers dropping two of their last three games. However, Virginia played a far more grueling schedule than the Wildcats and it suffered just one more loss than Jay Wright’s squad in spite of it. And I believe there is some value here on the Cavs at 11 to 1 college basketball odds, something that is a direct result of their recent struggles.
South Region – No. 1 Duke (9 to 1 NCAA Tournament Odds)
Duke is the class of the South and it should be ready for a big tournament run after its flop in the ACC Tournament semis and last year’s stunning loss to Mercer in its opener. FiveThirtyEight says the Blue Devils have a 32 percent chance of making it to Indianapolis while the next closest team is two-seed Gonzaga at 24 percent. I’ll take those percentages.
West Region – No. 1 Wisconsin (17 to 2 NCAA Tournament Odds)
Outside of the East, the West is the most difficult region to forecast as it has two teams capable of winning the national championship in top seeded Wisconsin and No. 2 Arizona. The two teams met in last year’s regional final and the Badgers escaped with a 64-63 overtime victory. The both teams are playing right now, it should be another coin toss affair if the do cross paths. But I’ll side with the team that has the best player and that is Wisconsin. Frank Kaminsky is a nightmare match-up for just about any team and he certainly was for the Wildcats last year, posting 28 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Badgers past Arizona and into the Final Four.