Having hassle filling out your bracket? With upsets, sleepers and Ultimate Four picks, as well as breakdowns of all our native teams within the area, we’re here to assist.
For those who’re sitting around agonizing over your brackets, we’re here to help.
Earlier than the games tip off, WTOP sports activities anchor Dave Preston and digital sports editor Noah Frank break down the local groups within the area, potential early-round upsets, sleepers that can make a run and Remaining 4 picks.
Perhaps you’ll nod along. Perhaps you’ll scoff aloud. Perhaps you’ll discover something you hadn’t considered that helps push you a method or one other in your determination-making. Simply keep in mind — if we provide help to get your picks right, you’re welcome. If we mess up your in any other case pristine bracket, we have been never right here and also you didn’t read this.
See our upsets, sleepers and Last Four picks within the gallery, then hold reading under for a breakdown of our native teams in the subject.
Virginia (1 seed, South)
Virginia’s been ready a yr for this. They received the good thing about a reasonably gentle half of their area, and will nicely keep away from a real check until Tennessee in the Elite Eight. Not that they’re wanting past anybody. But Virginia’s path to the first Remaining 4 (and, perhaps, title?) of the Tony Bennett period isn’t onerous to map.
Virginia Tech (4 seed, East)
Star level guard Justin Robinson’s return from a foot damage makes the Hokies one of many extra intriguing teams within the subject. He’s clearly not again to one hundred pc, but how a lot can he give? Will Virginia Tech have the ability to integrate him again into the offense seamlessly? How long will they need to try to determine it all out? Then, if they will make the second weekend, do they have what it takes to convey down Duke?
Maryland (6 seed, East)
Maryland’s acquired perhaps one of the best wanting path for potential success, dealing with a play-in staff, then a probably in-turmoil LSU squad with no event experience. But the Terps have been mercurial all yr, struggling to win video games that seem like gimmes. Their limp to the finish line (5-5 of their last 10, 6-7 in their last thirteen) was capped off by a dull loss to an undermanned Nebraska membership. That has to vary.
VCU (eight seed, East)
The Rams obtained two good items of stories — they prevented a play-in recreation, and get all the best way until Friday night time for star point guard Marcus Evans to shake off…