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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: [checks notes] Yep, Washington remains Pac-12. Select: Utah State
#5 Auburn vs. #12 New Mexico State: Auburn is rolling following their SEC tournament name. Chuma Okeke is so much fun, and he directs the Tigers to a win. Select: Auburn
#4 Kansas vs. #13 Northeastern: Kansas is. . .not good. However, they are far better than Northeastern. Jayhawks move on. Pick: Kansas
#6 Iowa State vs. #11 Ohio State: Ohio State is one of the bizarre groups which you have NO idea who is going to appear. Funny enough is Iowa State. The Cyclones are coming from a Big-12 name, also Marial Shayok is fantastic. Good enough for me. Select: Iowa State
#3 Houston vs. #14 Georgia State: Houston will roll up, but let us remember when Ron Hunter fell from his seat when his son his own 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 got a 4-seed. The Terriers got a bad draw with needing to face Seton Hall, a team that ended the season with wins over Villanova and Marquette, but Wofford has a dude called Fletcher Magee who’s a flamethrower out of three. Pick: Wofford
#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Abilene Christian: PJ Washington is allegedly in a walking boot, but that won’t 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 long enough to keep things interesting. Tar Heels proceed. Pick: North Carolina
#5 Auburn vs. #4 Kansas: Can Auburn shoot well enough to win two in a row? Yeah, probably. Also, Kansas is not excellent. Select: Auburn
#3 Houston vs. #6 Iowa State: Gimme the Cyclones in a late comeback to the win. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton and Sophomore Lindell Wigginton will need to get big games to conquer Houston’s tough defense. Pick: Iowa State
#2 Kentucky vs. #7 Wofford: I thought for a lengthy time about my dude Fletcher Magee (can not get over that title ) knocking out Kentucky, but I can’t pull the trigger. If this happens, I will be so mad (but also okay with it Wofford). Pick: Kentucky
Sweet Sixteen
#1 North Carolina vs. #5 Auburn: Auburn runs out of steam and can not keep up with the back and on of North Carolina. Coby White and Cam Johnson go off to the Tar Heels, and Luke Maye gets a double-double. Pick: North Carolina
#2 Kentucky vs. #6 Iowa State: Kentucky’s span and thickness is too much for the Cyclones. Tyler Herro gets sexy, 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 know, more chalk. Kentucky gets revenge on Luke Maye’s game winner out of a couple of decades back, moving in the Final Four. Select: Kentucky

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