The NCAA Tournament is again in our lives as soon as once more because the postseason bracket is about to tip off with First Four video games set for Thursday and the primary spherical set for Friday and Saturday. After a yr with out March Madness, followers are anxious to see groups hit the court docket this week and crown a brand new champion of the game. Virginia bought an additional yr to experience its solely nationwide championship within the sport, however now that title is up for grabs as soon as once more. As is the case yearly with the Big Dance, essentially the most enjoyable half is filling out your bracket.

The area of 68 groups who will take part within the 2021 NCAA Tournament was introduced on Selection Sunday so we all know who will likely be truly the Big Dance. That additionally means the printable bracket is out, which inevitably means it is that point of yr if you collect all of your data to attempt to win your bracket pool. So on that entrance, we have got ya lined.

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Our team of experts has adopted all of those groups all through the grinding season. Eight of our greatest and brightest have taken all of that data and put it collectively into their brackets with just a little explainer on why they’re selecting the champions they’re. We will not inform you how to fill out your bracket, however as a substitute will merely supply a few of the finest recommendation on the market. Remember to use each useful resource at your disposal when making these crucial picks in your bracket swimming pools.

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Gary Parrish, College basketball insider


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Predicted champion: Gonzaga

I’ve had Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in my CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 actually each day since final March, simply days after the 2020 NCAA Tournament was abruptly canceled due to the COVID-19 international pandemic. At completely different occasions throughout this season, readers insisted I ought to swap Baylor to No. 1 or Michigan to No. 1. But I by no means wavered. 

And there’s completely no cause for me to transfer off of the Zags now. They’re No. 1 in offensive effectivity, No. 10 in defensive effectivity, and No. 4 in tempo. So they’re nice on each ends — and so they play actually, actually quick. That’s powerful for opponents to cope with. They even have two future NBA Draft lottery picks in Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert. That’s additionally powerful for opponents to cope with. So the underside line is easy: the Zags are legit and a worthy favourite to win this occasion. They would be the first undefeated nationwide champion since Indiana in 1976.

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Matt Norlander, Senior school basketball author

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Predicted champion: Illinois

I’m feeling the stress right here. I used to be the one expert in 2019 at to decide Virginia to win all of it. Repeating that form of soothsaying energy, it is lots of stress on a man. So this is my factor: this bracket might be going to supply up some wild upsets within the first three rounds. This is a novel NCAA Tournament, held in a single location, nonetheless taking place amid a pandemic. But I’m going with three No. 1 seeds and one No. 3 as a result of I’ve maintained for two-plus months now that the groups projected on the No. 1 line really feel a lower above the remaining. I can not and will not convey myself to decide all 4 No. 1 seeds, so I’m taking the one non-No. 1 seed (Texas) that has as a lot expertise as every other 1. 

And within the title sport, I’m going with the 2 finest groups within the sport heading into the Big Dance. Gonzaga has the perfect offense. Illinois is the perfect mixture of offensive acumen and defensive fortitude. Stars galore, with bigs, wings and guards that would make for an epic title sport. Asking Gonzaga to win six extra video games and make historical past is asking rather a lot. I’d love to see it. First since ’76. But I’m taking Illinois, which has been the perfect crew in school basketball the previous three weeks. In doing so, this system makes up for dropping in 2005 to UNC – and captures its first nationwide title at school historical past. Ayo Dosunmu and his masked mojo turns into an all-time legend when he wins Final Four MOP. 

Jerry Palm, Bracketology expert

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Predicted champion: Gonzaga

It’s lastly Gonzaga’s time. Mark Few has the perfect crew he is had in Spokane and they’re primed for a run to the title. A last with the Illini can be a blast to watch with all of the expertise on the ground. And there’s a soccer taste to these picks. Alabama and Ohio State are additionally within the Final Four, identical to just about yearly in soccer.

Kyle Boone, College basketball author

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Predicted champion: Gonzaga

What’s not to like about these Gonzaga Bulldogs? Two lottery decide skills in Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs. A hyper-efficient bucket in Drew Timme. Balance, and nice depth, at each place. They have all of it. They led the nation this season in scoring margin and are simply the twentieth crew to enter the NCAA Tournament with an unblemished document. I believe they have the products to hold this factor rolling all the way in which to the end with out a tally within the loss column. It’s a bit chalky, positive, however that is the perfect crew within the sport. 

As for a sleeper? How about Arkansas within the Final Four. It opened the season 13-5 total and in the midst of the pack within the SEC. It then went on to win nine-straight, ending second within the SEC and incomes a No. 3 seed. So unquestionably this crew has the products. I’ve lengthy been a proponent of what this crew is able to, so that is me placing my cash the place my mouth is. It will not be simple — this is similar area with No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 2 Ohio State — however between Moses Moody, J.D. Notae and Justin Smith this crew has a lot expertise and size to accomplish what it hasn’t since 1995: Make a Final Four. Woo Pig, child.

David Cobb, College basketball author

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Predicted champion: Alabama

The Crimson Tide put to relaxation the notion that they’re ill-suited for a single-elimination match by capturing the SEC Tournament crown whereas capturing simply 29.7% from 3-point vary of their final two video games of the occasion. So what occurs if Alabama begins capturing higher than 35% from past the arc? It may occur, and if it does, this squad’s distinctive offensive type may carry it to historical past. As for Rutgers making the Elite Eight? The Scarlet Knights have been robbed of an look final season due to the pandemic however have lastly made it again to the Big Dance for the primary time since 1991. With a positive draw that options a gap sport towards a Clemson squad that seemed dangerous within the ACC Tournament, the Scarlet Knights could have an awesome probability to make some noise. After navigating the Big Ten gauntlet, dealing with a gritty Houston crew within the second spherical will not intimidate this squad.

Chip Patterson, College basketball author  

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Predicted champion: Alabama

The Crimson Tide play at a relentless tempo, shoot a ton of threes and defend at an elite degree. In an NCAA Tournament which may be mentally exhausting at occasions due to the strict protocol and bubble-ish existence in Indiana, the final opponent you need to face is Alabama. The Tide need to run, rise up in your face on protection and might change the fortunes of a sport in three minutes or much less in the event that they get scorching from 3-point vary or power a pair fast turnovers. It’s a blue-collar crew that welcomes the grind, and that mentality will repay in the course of the ups and downs of an unprecedented NCAA Tournament.

Dennis Dodd, Senior author

Predicted champion: Gonzaga

Sometimes it’s best not to overthink things. The only team that can beat Gonzaga is … Gonzaga. They’ve got everything — backcourt, experience, coaching. And 26-0 isn’t bad either. It looks like the Zags won’t face much push back until the West Regional final against Iowa. Luka Garza could have to be accounted for in addition to the pesky Joe Weiskamp. But who am I to decide towards the overwhelming favourite? Gonzaga to win all of it. Isaiah Livers‘ harm makes Michigan early upset meat in a loaded East bracket. That means if I used to be taking one crew to get Gonzaga I’d take three-seed Texas in an upset out of the East Regional; in a single nationwide semifinal. The Horns are on a Cinderella excessive after successful the Big 12 Tournament. This is the crew Shaka Smart has been making an attempt to construct for six years.

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Tim Doyle, CBS Sports HQ analyst

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Predicted champion: Iowa

The finest state within the United States, Iowa, will likely be dwelling to this years National Champion! Why is it the perfect state? Because they care about two issues: sports activities and beer (two issues I like too). The Hawkeyes boast the National Player of the Year in Luka Garza and they are going to be “thrilled” to get out of the gauntlet that’s the Big Ten Conference. They have skilled guards, can shoot the three and their protection has clearly improved. They will clearly see Gonzaga within the Elite Eight to go to the Final Four. I assure no matter venue they play at will likely be “packed” with Iowa followers and that unfold will between 3-4 factors favoring the Zags. Gonzaga received the earlier assembly of those two groups 99-88 in December. I’ll take my probabilities in that sport and win that sport, the remaining is easy crusing! Go Hawkeyes! 

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