March Madness 2022 bracket predictions: NCAA Tournament picks by top college basketball model – CBS Sports

March Madness 2022 bracket predictions: NCAA Tournament picks by top college basketball model – CBS Sports
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Winning back-to-back titles in the NCAA college basketball tournament is an extremely difficult task. The Baylor Bears can become the first team to accomplish the feat since the Florida Gators (2006-07) when they take the court as a No. 1 seed at the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket. The Bears, however, have a challenging draw in the East Region, with No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 UCLA all capable of making a deep run in the 2022 March Madness bracket. Plus, recent history indicates Baylor could be in for a letdown in the NCAA Tournament 2022.

Over the last four editions of the NCAA Tournament, the defending champion has been eliminated in the first or second round. Will Baylor rewrite the history books and cut down the nets in New Orleans? Alternatively, will the Bears have an early exit from the March Madness bracket 2022? 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. 

It 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’s Jaden Shackelford is a proven playmaker, leading the Crimson Tide with 16.7 points per game. However, the junior guard enters the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket in a bit of a slump. In Alabama’s final regular season game against LSU, Shackelford finished with just six points despite playing 34 minutes. He’s now scored eight points or fewer in two of his last five outings.

In addition, Alabama has struggled on the defensive end of the floor all season long. The Crimson Tide are giving up 76.4 points per game, which ranks 318th in the nation. SportsLine’s model expects Alabama’s porous defense will be the reason the Crimson Tide suffer a first round defeat in the NCAA bracket 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 7 vs. 10 matchup is shaping up to be one of the most entertaining in the first round of the 2022 NCAA basketball bracket. The Spartans have won three of their last four games, but they’ve had trouble taking care of the ball all season. In fact, Michigan State enters this matchup averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, which ranks 213th in the nation.

Davidson, meanwhile, ranks 16th in assist to turnover ratio (1.46). Plus, the Wildcats are knocking down 48.14 percent of their field goals this season, the 18th-best mark in college basketball. SportsLine’s computer model likes Davidson’s chances to knock off the Spartans and considers the Wildcats one of the March Madness 2022 sleepers to watch.

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.