2022 March Madness Breakdown

March 2nd, 2022 by

With NCAA basketball’s Selection Sunday rapidly approaching, March Madness is right around the corner. At Eskridge Chevrolet, we love following this tournament and like to weigh in with our analysis and predictions. Before shopping for a new vehicle, it’s worth checking out our predictions for March Madness and what we think is likely to happen this year. As always with this tournament, expect the unexpected.

Examining Potential March Madness Brackets

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When examining potential March Madness brackets, it’s important to review multiple sports sites, including ESPN, to see what the experts had to say about this year’s upcoming tournament. Without breaking down every team that we think will make it, let’s highlight a few predictions that we think will help make this process easier for you when filling out your bracket:

  • Top seed: Gonzaga has had some difficulties this season, including losing two early games to Duke and Alabama. However, there’s a good chance they grab the top seed again this year with games against several non-tournament teams for the rest of the regular season. Can anybody stop them before the tourney? It’s hard to say, but it’s not likely.
  • Other top seeds: Auburn, Kentucky, and Arizona have good chances to get top seeds this year for March Madness. Kentucky is a perennial front-runner, so their pick here isn’t shocking. Auburn and Arizona have also had standout years, though, and will look to be strong for several years in the future. If they don’t end up in a top-seed position, it’ll be a bit of an unexpected development. That said, you never know what’s going to happen with March Madness.
  • Conference parity: All our predictions point to the Big 12, the Big Ten, and the Big East getting at least seven teams into March Madness this year. However, the SEC is looking like it could get six, the ACC five, WCC and Pac-12 four, Mountain West three, and American two. That kind of parity is nice to see, even if the major conferences still dominate and are likely to do so again in this conference.

This year should have some teams, like Marquette, that haven’t made deep runs recently. However, popular favorites like Duke and Kansas have a good shot at making a deep run again this year, so don’t be surprised if any of these teams go straight to the championship game.

Top Teams by Conference

Let’s look at the tops teams in a few conferences to get an idea of what they might bring to the tournament this year:

  • Atlantic Coast Conference: Duke typically uses a vigorous defense and strong all-around offense play to thrive. Their high percentage of two-point shots shows a strong close-to-the-basket game, which is unique to today’s style of heavy three-point focus.
  • Big 12 Conference: Expect Kansas to rely on Ochai Agbaji and his versatile scoring for a senior presence on the floor in big situations. He and Christian Braun, who’s a highly talented junior, will push this team to the next level in the tournament.
  • Big East Conference: Villanova isn’t always strong defensively but is good at run-and-gun transition scoring. Expect big things from Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore, as well as Eric Dixon, to attempt to take Villanova back to the top of the college hoops world.
  • Big Ten Conference: Purdue is an offensively grinding team that relies on tough-as-nails basketball, and they’ll likely throw off more precision-based teams by playing physical basketball. Jaden Ivey will lead the team through the tourney, but Zach Edey and Trevion Williams will shore up the defensive end, giving other teams that lack a physical presence nightmares in the tourney.

New Faces and Possible Busts

Getting a top seed is not just a reward for doing well during the season but a potential way of improving a team’s chances at ultimate victory. What kind of seeding are we likely to see in this year’s tournament? Based on our research, past selections, and various other factors, we feel confident breaking down some of the top likely seeds for this tournament.

We’re likely to see some teams earning a bit higher seeds than usual this year, such as Alabama and Auburn. These teams historically have fantastic football teams but have never been basketball powerhouses. However, there’s a good chance that these overachieving teams could push up toward No. 4 or even No. 1 seeds. Auburn, in particular, could be an interesting option here.

What about perennial favorites, like Michigan State and Michigan? Michigan hasn’t had a banner year this season and could even miss the tournament entirely. Michigan State is likely to get in and could have a nice run if Head Coach Tom Izzo pulls his usual tournament magic. They’re likely to be a mid-level seed, such as a 5 or 7, placing them against some really good competition early.

Upsets and Predictions

Here are a few predictions and potential upsets we could see happening this year:

  • Gonzaga getting to the Final Four but then getting knocked out.
  • Michigan State riding a Tom Izzo miracle to the Elite Eight.
  • Duke only squeaking by a surprisingly low seed in the Sweet Sixteen.
  • Kansas reaching the Final Four, only to lose by more than 10 points.
  • Seattle surprising everyone this year and making a run.
  • The final game going to go overtime and beyond.

These predictions and upsets take into account the sheer unpredictability we see every time March rolls around. Building the perfect bracket is incredibly difficult, but maybe this is the year you’ll get lucky.

How Will Our Predictions Hold Up?

These are our bold predictions on what March Madness is likely to bring us again this year. Last year’s tournament was strange, but we think this year will bring things back to normal for the tournament. Whether you’re looking for advice on a perfect bracket or thinking of buying a used car option below $15,000 for yourself or your teens, you can trust us at Eskridge Chevrolet to give you the inside scoop on what you want and deserve.

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