March Madness 2022 bracket predictions: NCAA Tournament picks by dialed-in college basketball model

Over the years, pivotal games in the NCAA Tournament bracket have been decided by crucial calls. In 2014, 2-seed Wisconsin won its Elite 8 matchup against top-seeded Arizona on a charge that resulted in game-deciding free throws. The 2017 national title Game between Gonzaga and North Carolina was marred by 44 total foul calls. Perhaps it’s easier said than done, but teams that can navigate the pitfalls of personal fouls will give themselves the best chance to advance in the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket.

Close matchups in the 2022 NCAA bracket will be decided by which teams excel at fundamentals, and that should be included in the criteria used to fill out your 2022 March Madness bracket. Before filling out any NCAA Tournament bracket 2022, be sure to see the 2022 March Madness bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s advanced computer model absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last tournament, beating over 92 percent of all CBS Sports brackets for the second time in three years. The model also nailed a whopping three teams in the Final Four last year.

He knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 17 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds. It also nailed some massive upsets last tournament, including predicting the championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor, and hit Houston’s Midwest Region win even though the Cougars weren’t the No. 1 seed.

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2022 March Madness picks. Now, the model has simulated every possible matchup in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and revealed its optimal bracket. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Top 2022 March Madness bracket picks

One team set to disrupt 2022 March Madness brackets, according to the model: No. 6 Alabama suffers a defeat in the first round in the West Region. Alabama will face either Rutgers or Notre Dame, the play-in 11-seeds. Alabama has some impressive wins this season, beating Gonzaga, Baylor, Tennessee and Houston. However, the Crimson Tide limps into the NCAA Tournament 2022 having lost their last three games.

Nate Oats’ squad has been strong on the offensive end of the floor, averaging 80.0 points per game, but they’re among the worst teams in the nation on defense. In fact, Alabama is giving up 76.4 points per game on average, which ranks 318th in the country. The Crimson Tide’s recent form and their inability to stop the opposition are among the main reasons why SportsLine’s model is predicting an early exit for Alabama in the NCAA Tournament 2022.

Another team to back in your 2022 NCAA Tournament picks: The 10th-seeded Davidson Wildcats, who stun No. 7 Michigan State in the first round of the West Region. This season, the Spartans have averaged 16.9 personal fouls per game, but over their last three, that number has ballooned to 19. For the season, the only team that has averaged 19 fouls per game is Nicholls State, which ranked 322 out of 358 qualifying teams in the category.

Over Davidson’s last three games, the Wildcats have hit 83.9 percent of their free throws, and for the season, drew an average of 17.8 personal fouls. More troubling for the Spartans is that their fouls per defensive play ratio is up to 24.6 percent in their last three outings, while Davidson’s is 21.3 percent during that sample. NCAA Tournament history is filled with teams that play tight when underdogs make runs at the end of games, and the model believes Davidson has the potential to rattle the Spartans in their first-round matchup.

How to make 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

SportsLine’s model also has one region where the No. 5 seed goes to the Elite Eight and the 14-seed delivers a shocking upset. Nailing those picks could literally make or break your bracket. With the model’s proven track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it is calling this year before locking in any bracket picks.

So who else makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament 2022? Visit SportsLine now to see which region features a No. 5 seed in the Elite Eight and a 14-seed that delivers a massive shocker, plus see who wins every single game, all from the model that beat over 92 percent of bracket players two of the last three years.

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