NCAA bracket predictions: College basketball model releases surprising March Madness 2022 tournament picks – CBS Sports

NCAA bracket predictions: College basketball model releases surprising March Madness 2022 tournament picks – CBS Sports
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The 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket became clearer on Tuesday with Indiana beating Wyoming and Texas Southern knocking off Texas A&M-CC in the 2022 First Four. Indiana will try to follow UCLA’s path from last year and make a run from the First Four to the 2022 March Madness Final Four, and the No. 12 seed Hoosiers have No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s up next in the NCAA bracket 2022. Even with the First Four tipped, there’s still plenty of time to fill out your 2022 March Madness bracket.

Should you back the Hoosiers going forward as you look for March Madness 2022 upset picks? Which surprising teams could make a deep run in March Madness 2022? Before making any 2022 March Madness bracket predictions, be sure to check out the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulated the entire 2022 NCAA Tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last year, beating over 92 percent of all CBS Sports brackets for the second time in three tournaments. 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, with the 2022 NCAA bracket revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Three 2022 March Madness bracket games to watch

One of the most intriguing 2022 March Madness matchups to watch: No. 5 seed Connecticut vs. No. 12 seed New Mexico State in the West region. New Mexico State star Teddy Allen has plenty of major college basketball experience after appearing in 57 games during stops at West Virginia and Nebraska. He averaged 19.3 points per game this year, but will be tested by a UConn defense that gives up just 65.2 points per game.

One 2022 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: No. 8 Boise State vs. No. 9 Memphis in the West Region. The winner of this matchup will likely present the first real threat to top overall seed Gonzaga in the second round, so many NCAA basketball tournament picks could ride on who wins this one. From a pure talent standpoint, Memphis is one of the best teams in the NCAA Tournament 2022 field, but the Tigers have been up and down this season. Boise State, meanwhile, won eight of its last nine entering the NCAA Tournament 2022.

Another West Region matchup that stands out is No. 7 seed Michigan State vs. No. 10 seed Davidson. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has historically owned March, but the Spartans were bounced in the First Four last year. They’ll look for a better showing in the NCAA bracket 2022, but Davidson is one of the best shooting teams both overall (48.1 percent) and from three-point range (38.6 percent), so the Spartans should have their hands full again.  You can see the model’s picks for these games and every other here.

How to make 2022 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins every tournament-defining matchup? And which teams will make surprising runs through the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket? With the model’s track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it’s calling this year before locking in any 2022 NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket? And which NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which double-digit seeds you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s called 17 upsets by double-digit seeds.