2019 NCAA tournament predictions: Picks, upsets for March Madness, South Region | NCAA.com

 ncaa.com  03/20/2019 20:30:53 

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Wisconsin is a No. 5 seed, but Happ is the type of player who could carry the Badgers to the Elite Eight. He's averaging 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as Wisconsin is back in the NCAA tournament after a rare miss a season ago. But if you're looking for a star on an even bigger sleeper team, look to Saint Mary's. Jordan Ford averages 21.3 points per game for the Gaels and shoots 42.3 percent on 3-pointers.

Upset pick: No. 13 UC Irvine over No. 4 Kansas State

K-State won a share of the regular-season Big 12 crown to help end Kansas' run of consecutive conference titles. But after an early exit in the Big 12 tournament, the Wildcats might be having another short trip. Star Dean Wade is doubtful for the tournament, a big miss that severely damages K-State's dreams of making a second consecutive Elite Eight season. But UC Irvine also seems to have the tools of an upset winner. At 30-5, the Anteaters have only one loss in 2019. They're also fifth in the country in field goal percentage defense (38 percent).

The teams: No. 1 to No. 16

  1. Virginia (29-3)
  2. Tennessee (29-5)
  3. Purdue (23-9)
  4. Kansas State (25-8)
  5. Wisconsin (23-10)
  6. Villanova (25-9)
  7. Cincinnati (28-6)
  8. Ole Miss (20-12)
  9. Oklahoma (19-13)
  10. Iowa (22-11)
  11. Saint Mary's (CA) (22-11)
  12. Oregon (23-12)
  13. UC Irvine (30-5)
  14. Old Dominion (26-8)
  15. Colgate (24-10)
  16. Gardner-Webb (23-11)

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The pick: No. 1 Virginia

Forget the past NCAA tournament struggles — if you can. This is the fifth time in six seasons the Cavaliers earned a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Here's how they've done: Sweet 16, Round of 32, Elite Eight (blew a big lead vs. Syracuse) and First Round. That doesn't seem promising. But this Cavaliers offense has the scoring ability to work with the usual dominant defense. This time, Virginia plays to its seed and makes the FInal Four.

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