It’s February 1st, which means that the Final Four is just a little over two months away. Teams are starting to take shape and you can kinda guess who will be there come early April.
I don’t usually do predictions, but the good thing about this year is their is a solid group of six teams that are very capable of making it to the Final Four.
And since everyone else is releasing their nonsense predictions, thought I could go ahead and release my “expert” predictions.
So with that said, here are my Final Four predictions two months out.
RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are virtually unstoppable. They are averaging a combined 45.5 ppg.
The only bad thing is they don’t have a lot of depth. After those two, Cam Reddish is next at 12.8 ppg and he has been struggling a lot this year. If a team can get the star duo of Barrett and Williamson in foul trouble, the Blue Devils are vulnerable.
The Vols almost lost to Alabama, but prevailed. Got the #1 ranking, almost lost to Vanderbilt, but came out on top. Since those nail-biters, the Vols have looked great, beating their last two opponents by a combined 39 points.
Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield are the stars of this Tennessee team, but like Duke, if you get these two in foul trouble or they’re having a off-night, the Vols are in trouble. Schofield and Williams are averaging a combined 37.4 ppg.
The Cats are the hottest team in college basketball and are starting to look like the team that played in the Bahamas this past August. Unlike the teams above, Kentucky has multiple threats. Ashton Hagans, PJ Washington, Reid Travis, Tyler Herro, Jemarl Baker, and Keldon Johnson can all score the basketball.
But, if they are struggling to hit shots, the Cats are in trouble. If Reid Travis is the teams leading scorer, the Cats most likely take an L.
It’s hard for me to take Virginia seriously after they lost to UMBC last year, but here we are. The Cavaliers have a set trio of Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, and Ty Jerome who are averaging a combined 42.5 ppg.
Their style of play makes them upset prone in the tournament. I wouldn’t bet on them if these were the four teams.
March Madness is going to be a lot of fun.