June 26, 2022

Incomes a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Event improves a group’s probabilities to win their aspect of the March Insanity bracket by a major margin. About half of the Ultimate 4 members are normally seeded on the high of a selected area. 

No. 1 seeds have a 143-1 document within the first spherical of March Insanity. Solely 20 No. 1 seeds have failed to achieve the Candy Sixteen. A pair of No. 1 seeds confronted off in final 12 months’s nationwide championship recreation.

Listed here are predictions for the No. 1 seeds within the bracket for March Insanity 2022.

Gonzaga

The Bulldogs seemingly secured the highest general seed within the NCAA Event once they defeated St. Mary’s for the WCC Championship Tuesday. Gonzaga acquired 52 of the doable 61 first-place votes within the newest AP Prime 25 Ballot. With a 26-3 document, Gonzaga has solely been defeated by groups which are going to be within the March Insanity subject. They’re the prohibitive favorites after dropping in final 12 months’s nationwide championship recreation. Freshman Chet Holmgren could be the highest choose within the 2022 NBA Draft.

Arizona 

Rating second within the AP Ballot, Arizona ought to clinch a No. 1 seed by profitable the Pac-12 Event. By doing so, the Wildcats would end with a 31-3 document, the most effective mark of any group in a serious convention. Arizona has marquee wins over Illinois, UCLA and USC, whom the Wildcats beat twice. Arizona ranks within the high 10 in each offensive and defensive effectivity.

Kansas

Baylor’s early elimination within the Massive 12 Event has cleared the best way for Kansas to win the convention championship. It could possibly be troublesome for the choice committee to not give the Jayhawks a No. 1 seed after profitable a share of the regular-season title and the convention event championship. Kansas’ six defeats are tied for probably the most of any potential No. 1 seed, however all of these losses got here by the hands of groups which are at the least on the bubble.

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Kentucky 

When Kentucky blew out Kansas 80-62 on Jan. 29, it despatched a message that the Wildcats could be headed for a No. 1 seed. Contemplating how sturdy the highest of the SEC has been this season, Kentucky may have a robust case if it wins the convention event. Auburn has stumbled down the stretch, giving Kentucky an incredible probability to assert the SEC title. 4 of Kentucky’s six losses have come towards top-15 opponents. Oscar Tshiebwe is the Nationwide Participant of the 12 months favourite. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs rejoice on the court docket after their 88-78 victory over the Brigham Younger Cougars to win the championship recreation of the West Coast Convention basketball event on the Orleans Area on March 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Photos

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