ACC Basketball: Biggest questions and storylines for 2019 NCAA Tournament

Posted March 22, 2019

Picking a bunch of long shots is usually not the way to go when predicting the Final Four. The best team in their region is Michigan State, and I think they would easily win that game.

That trend should continue in 2019 NCAA Tournament.

As-of Tuesday afternoon, of the four 1-seeds, it won't shock you to hear that Virginia, again, is the team that fans have losing most often in the first round.

Below are Final Four predictions, as well as one sleeper pick for each region.

In the Men's Bracket, his pick of Duke vs. The primary source of their lofty status is 18-year-old Zion Williamson, one of the most dominant college basketball players in the past 20 years. He was completely unstoppable in the ACC Tournament with 81 points on 43 field-goal attempts.

When looking for a sleeper in the East, you've got to take a team that will be able to avoid Duke until the Elite Eight. If the Hokies and the Blue Devils both win their first two games, respectively, it could set up a Sweet 16 battle in Washington, D.C. To round out the ACC participants, Louisville received a No. 7 seed in Chris Mack's first season. However, Gonzaga did defeat Duke early in the year.

Syracuse seems to have their most success in the NCAA Tournament after a disappointing regular season, and the Orange certainly didn't exceed expectations this year. North Carolina final two years ago, but the Blue Devils crashed out of the tournament in the second round.

Virginia is number one but Tennessee is second.

To tell you the truth I think that might be more games than the experts watch because there is no way anyone can actually watch all 64 of these teams to the extent that they know their tendencies and can accurately predict who they can and can't beat. I think Virginia gets wins over Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss before they run into Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. Of course, it is some mixture of the three because if it was all coaching then Duke would win every year. The Gaels don't appear to be the same team that had a bunch of bad losses in November.

The Tar Heels are absolutely loaded.

UNC features a good blend of talented freshmen and experienced upperclassmen, led by seniors Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye. Congratulations to the SLU Billikens for a gutsy four-game run that ended with a scintillating come-from-behind win over St. Bonaventure to win the Atlantic 10 title and a ticket to the tournament.

Local teams and two HBCU representatives were part of the tournament's opening as Farleigh Dickinson University defeated SWAC champion Prairie View A&M 82-76 Tuesday, while last night North Carolina Central of the MEAC faced North Dakota State and St. John's, playing its first game in the tournament since 2015, met up with Arizona State with the victor moving on to a match up with the University of Buffalo tomorrow afternoon.