Bracket Season

Breaking Down the Madness

BallnRoll Staff Offers Their Bold Tournament Predictions

March Madness is here!

It’s the most exciting time of the calendar year. The NCAA National Tournament gets going tomorrow afternoon when the Louisville Cardinals kick things off against Minnesota.

If you haven’t already heard the latest episode of the BallnRoll Pick-n-Pod, click here and get your complete breakdown and predictions for the upcoming tournament.

But that being said, let’s get right into it.

Each member of the BallnRoll staff has put together their own bracket. Who cracks the Final Four? Who are the Cinderella teams? and of course, who wins it all?

Let the Madness begin!

Richard Birfer

Cinderella Team:

Finally healthy, the Iowa State Cyclones are scorching hot, becoming the lowest seed to ever win a conference tournament.

Taking out a very talented Tennessee team in the Big 12 Finals, the Cyclones are loaded with versatility on the offensive end. They shoot the ball well, especially from the perimeter and have a good combination of both veteran and young players.

Led by senior guard Marial Shayok and big man Michael Jacobson, Iowa State is riding their momentum into the National Tournament.

It’s time to buy in on the Iowa State hype.

Ogi Oroz

Cinderella Team:

Who is the best team you’ve never heard of?


Who is the best player you’ve never heard of?

Fletcher Magee!

This team is on a remarkable 20-game win streak, in a very underrated SoCon Conference. They can flat out shoot, as their 41.6% 3-point percentage ranks top-3 in the nation.

For a mid-major like Wofford to grab a 7 seed says quite a bit, and this team has the look of a Loyola-Chicago team from last year.

Kevin Kocherry

Cinderella Team:

Murray State led by Ja Morant, the electrifying 6’4” guard, is a team poised to go far in this tournament. Morant is an elite one-on-one athletic guard who’s been shooting up draft boards, while putting up Russell Westbrook like numbers – averaging 24.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. If he cannot get to the basket, there is a supporting cast around him that he can dish the ball out to.

Backed by a 36-point outburst from Morant, Murray State is coming into this tournament sizzling following a victory at their conference championship.

Watch for the Racers to keep riding this hot streak.

It all begins tomorrow! It’s time for the Madness!


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