While the Hawks have been heating up, 'Nova has been fairly inconsistent recently. That, combined with the Wildcats' heavy reliance on the three-pointer, should be enough to help St. Joseph's win a trip to the Sweet 16 and the hearts of a nation.
4. Watch out for Creighton
Don't sleep on the No. 3 seed Creighton Blue Jays. The small Nebraska school with great basketball tradition has a solid product on the court this year led by future NBA talent and likely Wooden Award winner, Doug McDermott.
McDermott, who reminds some of NBA legend Larry Bird, is a scoring machine, posting 26.9 points per game to go along with an average of seven rebounds. Largely because of his presence, the Blue Jays average 79.5 points per game and shoot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc. They also aren't slouches rebounding.
I expect the Jays to overpower Louisiana in the first-round and survive a matchup with the dangerous Baylor Bears in the second, en route to the Sweet 16. The biggest test will then come against Wisconsin – a powerful offensive team that doesn't beat itself.
Don't expect the Blue Jays to outlast the Badgers, but if they do, they are certainly Final Four material.
5. Spartans, what is your profession?
So who wins the Championship? Look no further than the No. 4 seed Michigan State Spartans.
At long last, the Spartans are finally healthy and fresh off of a Big 10 Tournament Championship over rival Michigan, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better team in the nation.
They've got a dominant backcourt with Keith Appling and Gary Harris and an outstanding big man in Adreian Payne. Combine that with championship coach Tom Izzo and how could Sparty not be the favorite to cut down the nets?