NCAA Tournament 2019 bracket: Proven computer model predicts surprising upsets

Duke University and freshman sensation Zion Williamson are 2019 ACC Tournament champions

Duke University and freshman sensation Zion Williamson are 2019 ACC Tournament champions. Credit Nell Redmond AP

A highly touted and immensely skilled guard, Anthony is a surefire starter for UNC next season when sensational freshman point guard Coby White makes his likely decision to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. According to the NCAA, only once in 34 years have all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four. Virginia lost 74-54 to UMBC, becoming the first men's No. 1 seed ever to lose to a 16 seed.

Less than a month later, Williamson was standing amid fallen confetti, raising an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship trophy and cutting down a strand of net while sporting the widest of smiles. We'll never know, and that's just something we're going to have to live with. "So if we play well, hopefully we can go 1-0 and then we'll address the next one".

FIRST TIMERS: Gardner-Webb and Abilene Christian will make their first appearances in this tournament, and they'll have their work cut out for them against top-seeded Virginia and No. 2 seed Kentucky.

With the four No. 1 seeds - Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga - leading the regular season, the ACC has been quite accomplished, earning three of those seeds.

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There are a bunch of intriguing possible scenarios for Duke in the national championship game. The ACC has been awarded at least one No. 1 seed each of the past six years.

No. 24 Iowa State returned to the poll for a third time after winning the Big 12 Tournament title. Their success on the defensive end is primarily a function of the way they pressure the ball on the perimeter and their towering height in the paint. Behind Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter, the Cavaliers own their most efficient attack since coach Tony Bennett's breakout season there in 2014. But if you don't live and breathe college hoops, it's easy to feel left out of the NCAA tournament fun. After an early exit previous year, UNC will be back in the Final Four. But Kentucky's paying twice as much as Carolina in Vegas. Let's not discuss how they cheated and were banned from tournament play for a couple of years, shhhhhhhh... The Tigers are still risky, but they'd have to claw their way through Michigan State first to even see the likes of the Blue Devils. Since officials started designating a No. 1 overall seed in 2004, that team has gone on to win the title only three times. The Big East champs haven't been seeded this low since 2013.

INJURY WATCH: Kansas State (25-8) is hoping to have senior forward Dean Wade back for the fourth-seeded Wildcats' opener Friday in San Jose against UC Irvine (30-5).

CBS was rewarded for not testing viewers' patience Sunday, scoring the highest-rated "bracket reveal" special in five years.

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The 6-5 guard topped the Red Raiders in points (18.5), rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.7) per game in 2018-19.

HOME SWEET HOME: Cincinnati might not be happy being seeded seventh.

Eighth-seeded VCU (25-7) faces No. 9 seed UCF and 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall in the second game in SC.

The Jayhawks open against Northeastern in Salt Lake City, and then would face the victor of a tough showdown between SEC Tournament champion Auburn and No. 12 seed New Mexico State.

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