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NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket picks, best Cinderella teams: Model simulates March Madness basketball 10K times

The Big South has come up small in the NCAA Tournament since the conference formed in 1986. It sports a 1-34 all-time NCAA Tournament record entering March Madness 2022 and its lone team in this year’s tournament is 14-seed Longwood. The Lancers also happen to be making their NCAA Tournament 2022 debut. Longwood will take on the strongest No. 3 seed, Tennessee, which has its own NCAA bracket history it wants to erase.

The Vols have 1,717 wins in program history ahead of the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket, yet they’ve never made the Final Four. That only trails fellow SEC school Alabama (1,738) for the most wins by any power conference team without a Final Four appearance. The road to eliminating that dubious distinction starts with Longwood, but how far should you advance Tennessee in your 2022 March Madness bracket? 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

Their proven projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It 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 pools. Now, with the 2022 NCAA bracket being revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

2022 March Madness upset picks, Cinderella teams

One of the model’s 2022 NCAA Tournament upset picks: No. 10 Davidson upends No. 7 Michigan State in the West Region. This is one of the weakest Spartan squads in Tom Izzo’s 24 trips to the NCAA Tournament. This team’s average margin of victory ranks 21st out of those 24 teams, and MSU has actually allowed more points than it has scored since the calendar flipped to 2022. Also, despite the program’s reputation for playing well in March, Michigan State has been bounced from the NCAA basketball tournament by a double-digit seed in three of its last five appearances.

Meanwhile, Davidson had six games this year against NCAA Tournament 2022 teams and shot a blistering 44 percent from beyond the arc in those games. If the Wildcats get anywhere near that number, then Davidson may breeze to a victory since it sports a 20-1 record when shooting over 36 percent from three this season.

The model also has another bold prediction, calling for an early exit for the Duke Blue Devils in head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final NCAA bracket. This game will be a matchup of strengths, but Texas Tech’s is better than Duke’s. The Blue Devils have the seventh-best offense this year in terms of efficiency. However, Texas Tech’s defensive efficiency is not only the best in the country, but it also ranks as the fifth-best defense over the last 20 years.

The Red Raiders are built for the modern game, as their top seven players are all between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-8. They are also all upperclassmen, while Duke is extremely young, with 2022 being the March Madness debut for its top six scorers. The model has Coach K reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the 26th time in his career, but it also has the Hall of Famer bowing out against the Red Raiders. Get all the upsets here.

How to make 2022 NCAA bracket predictions

SportsLine’s bracket features a No. 11 seed and No. 5 seed in the Final Four, plus a region where the No. 12 and No. 10 seeds are a must-back. With the model’s track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it is calling this year before locking in any NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament bracket 2022? And which March Madness underdogs will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s nailed 17 upsets by double-digit seeds since its inception and beat over 92 percent of players two of the last three tournaments.

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