NCAA bracket predictions: Proven model reveals surprising March Madness 2021 tournament picks

After a one-year hiatus, the NCAA Tournament is back, and March Madness 2021 will originate entirely from Indianapolis. Less travel and fewer fans mean the 2021 NCAA bracket will look different for teams and spectators. One of the most popular 2021 March Madness picks could be No. 1 seed Baylor, who sits atop the South Region. The Bears were neck-and-neck with Gonzaga all season for the claim as the best team in the country, but Baylor looked like a different squad after a three-week pause in February, going 4-2 down the stretch.

However, Baylor is as talented as any team in the NCAA Tournament 2021, with its backcourt of Jared Butler (17.1 points, 5.0 assists) and Davion Mitchell (13.8 points, 5.4 assists) projected as future first-round NBA Draft picks. Before making any 2021 March Madness bracket predictions, be sure to check out the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine

Their proven projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last tournament, beating nearly 90 percent of all CBS Sports brackets one year after finishing in the top five percent. The model also nailed 14 teams in the Sweet 16 last time.

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 15 of the 26 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds the last four tournaments. It also nailed massive upsets last time, including huge wins by No. 13 seed UC-Irvine over No. 4 seed Kansas State, No. 10 seed Florida over No. 7 seed Nevada, and No. 12 seed Oregon over No. 5 seed Wisconsin.

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2021 March Madness pools. Now, with the 2021 NCAA bracket being revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Three 2021 March Madness bracket games to watch

One key 2021 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: No. 4 Florida State takes on No. 13 UNC Greensboro in the East Region. Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles are effective on both ends of the court, ranking ninth nationally in three-point percentage (39.0) and 12th in blocks (5.1 per game). They will be tested by UNCG’s Isaiah Miller, a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and three-time conference Defensive Player of the Year. Miller is one of just two players in the nation averaging 19 points, six rebounds and four assists per game, joining Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois.

In the West, No. 5 Creighton will look to avoid the classic 12-5 upset against Big West champion UC Santa Barbara. Somewhat surprisingly, a No. 5 seed has never won the NCAA Tournament, making it the only top-eight seed yet to cut down the nets. UCSB is dancing for the first time in a decade and couldn’t enter the 2021 NCAA Tournament any hotter, as it’s posted a 14-point average margin of victory during its five-game winning streak.

In the Midwest, No. 7 Clemson meets No. 10 Rutgers in one of the few first-round matchups featuring two Power Five teams. Clemson knocked off two Big Ten teams this season, both of which made the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket, and to defeat a third it will rely on senior Aamir Simms, who leads the teams in averages for points (13.3), rebounds (6.2), assists (2.7) and blocks (0.7). No current Rutgers player was born the last time the school made the tournament (1991). You can see the model’s picks for these games and every other here.

How to make 2021 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins those three tournament-defining matchups? And which teams will make surprising runs through the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket? With the model’s track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it is calling this year before locking in any NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2021 bracket? And which underdogs will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which double-digit seeds you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s nailed 15 of the 26 double-digit seed upsets the past four years.

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