March Madness 2022 bracket predictions: NCAA Tournament picks by top-rated college basketball model

No team will enter the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket as a bigger wildcard than the No. 6 LSU Tigers. They rank fifth in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency and have impressive wins over Kentucky and Tennessee. However, LSU also doesn’t have a head coach after it fired Will Wade just days before March Madness 2022. Can LSU rally behind its interim coach and quiet the controversy surrounding the program by winning its NCAA Tournament 2022 opener?

The Tigers will be tested by a veteran Iowa State team that has done a complete 180 from last year. The Cyclones went 2-22 last season, the worst record of any program in a major conference. They have all the tools to be a March Madness Cinderella in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, but can they first continue LSU’s plight? 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. The Spartans are susceptible to the three-point shot, as they sported a 4-6 record when allowing an opponent to shoot over 35 percent from beyond the arc. That’s a poor omen against a Davidson squad that shot 38.6 percent on three-point attempts this year. Additionally, the Wildcats have a bevy of flamethrowers, with four different starters knocking down over 40 percent of their threes.

Davidson didn’t just feast off weak A-10 teams to build up its stats, as it shot 44.9 percent from beyond the arc in its five games against 2022 NCAA Tournament teams. It has performed against top competition and is projected to do so against the Spartans. That’s a big reason why the model has No. 10 Davidson advancing over No. 7 Michigan State in over 50 percent of simulations.

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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