March Madness 2019: Predictions before the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement

The most wonderful day of the year in college basketball has finally arrived as we enter the thick of March. It’s Selection Sunday, and in a few short hours, 68 teams from around the country will realize a dream when they’re announced as members of the field in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The 2019 NCAA Tournament Selection Show will air on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on CBS and can be streamed live on March Madness Live and fuboTV (try for free) as that field of 68 will all anxiously await to learn their fate for later this week. 

When it comes to the NCAA Tournament and the bracket, for many, it’s all about predictions. It’s never too early to start making those predictions and picks for the most exciting tournament in sports, though, and you don’t have to wait until the official announcement. As we all anticipate the release of this year’s field later this afternoon, we can certainly take a look ahead at what could be on the horizon in the NCAA Tournament this year as March Madness heats up. 

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Below, you can have a look at some of the predictions from our CBS Sports college basketball experts and what they anticipate being headed our way from this year’s NCAA Tournament festivities. 

Gary ParrishTeam destined for early exit: LSUFinal Four team that no one picked right: HoustonFinal Four team that everyone picked right: DukeLast mid-major standing: BuffaloElite team that almost loses in Round 1: PurdueEveryone’s favorite first-weekend player: Ja MorantHighest scoring average of the tournament: RJ BarrettPlayer who hits the most absurd game-winner: Markus HowardCoach who gets his own unforgettable highlight: Fran McCafferyMatt NorlanderTeam destined for early exit: AuburnFinal Four team that no one picked right: HoustonFinal Four team that everyone picked right: KentuckyLast mid-major standing: NevadaElite team that scares everyone in Round 1: MichiganEveryone’s favorite first-weekend player: Fletcher MageeHighest scoring average of the tournament: Carsen EdwardsPlayer who hits the most absurd game-winner: Tyler HerroCoach who gets his own unforgettable highlight: Nate OatsKyle BooneTeam destined for early exit: KansasFinal Four team that no one picked right: Kansas StateFinal Four team that everyone picked right: DukeLast mid-major standing: BuffaloElite team that almost loses in Round 1: LSUEveryone’s favorite first-weekend player: Markus HowardHighest scoring average of the tournament: Zion WilliamsonPlayer who hits the most absurd game-winner: Tyler HerroCoach who gets his own unforgettable highlight: Mike YoungChip PattersonTeam destined for early exit: TennesseeFinal Four team no one picked right: HoustonFinal Four team that everyone picked right: DukeLast mid-major standing: NevadaElite team that almost loses in Round 1: Michigan StateEveryone’s favorite first weekend player: Zion WilliamsonHighest scoring average: RJ BarrettPlayer who hits the most absurd game-winner: Markus HowardCoach who gets his own unforgettable highlight: Buzz Williams

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