Writer's Predictions: Champ, Final Four & Surprises

    
March 15th, 2010
Need help picking your Final Four? CHN writers give their National Champion & Final predictions and we try and come up with some semblance of a consensus.

 

Note how the #1 seeds dominate our predictions. For all the talk about parity, our Final Fours are all dominated by #1 seeds.. the lone exception is Duke, who is only in two of our Final Four's. Oddly, Syracuse is almost a consensus Final Four team.. but no one has them going to the finals. Everyone but Siegel & Hofstad thinks the Midwest is the best region, and UTEP & Siena seem to be the trendy cinderalla teams. See how these picks compare to CHN's Official Prediction.

 

 

Writer

Jeff Borzello

March Madness Blog

Brendan Bowers

MAC

Jason Brubkaer

SEC

Champ Kansas Ohio St Kentucky
Finalist Kentucky Kentucky Kansas
Final 4 Baylor Villanova Villanova
Final 4 Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
       
Toughest Region Midwest Midwest Midwest
 Elite 8 Surprise Baylor Notre Dame Georgetown
Cinderella UTEP UTEP Minnesota
Best 1st Round Game OK St / Ga Tech G'Town/Ohio OK St/ Ga Tech
 Bust-Out Purdue Purdue Vanderbilt

 

Writer

Blake Hofstad

Previews

Raphielle Johnson

Asst. Editor

Matthew Ryter

Rankings

Champ Kansas Kansas Kansas
Finalist West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia
Final 4 Duke Baylor Villanova
Final 4 Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
       
Toughest Region East Midwest Midwest
 Elite 8 Surprise Temple Louisville Louisville
Cinderella UTEP Siena Old Dominion
Best 1st Round Game OK St/ Ga Tech Temple/Cornell Butler/UTEP
 Bust-Out Vanderbilt Duke Temple

 

Writer

Shawn Siegel

Editor

Jon Teitel

Interviews

John P. Wise

One Great Season

Champ Kansas Kansas Kansas
Finalist Kentucky West Virginia Marquette
Final 4 Villanova Pittsburgh Baylor
Final 4 Syracuse Duke Syracuse
       
Toughest Region East Midwest Midwest
 Elite 8 Surprise New Mexico Notre Dame Marquette
Cinderella UTEP Siena Wofford
Best 1st Round Game Butler/UTEP Temple/Cornell Temple/Cornell
 Bust-Out Pittsburgh Purdue Duke

 

Writer Consensus

Champion: Kansas (7 out of 9)

Runner Up: West Virginia (4 out of 9)

 

Final Four

East: Kentucky

Midwest: Kansas

West: Syracuse

South: Villanova