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March Madness 2024 bracket: NCAA Tournament picks, predictions from college basketball model

Houston, Purdue, UConn, and North Carolina are the No. 1 seeds in the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket. Of the 38 national champions since 1985, 24 have been a No. 1 seed. A No. 2 seed has cut down the net five times, while a No. 3 seed has won the NCAA basketball bracket four times, accounting for nine of the remaining 14 titles. Villanova is the lowest seed to win a championship, securing the title in 1985 as a No. 8 seed. Can UConn run the table and repeat as champions, or will a team like Purdue claim its first national championship in men’s basketball in the 2024 NCAA Tournament? Which March Madness Cinderella teams could make a deep run in the 2024 NCAA basketball bracket? Before filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket 2024, be sure to see the 2024 March Madness bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It has absolutely crushed its March Madness picks recently, beating over 92% of all CBS Sports brackets in three of the past five tournaments. In an upset-laden 2023 NCAA Tournament, the model was all over UConn’s shocking Final Four run as a 4-seed. It went an amazing 23-9 in the first round, including an astounding 12-4 in the Midwest and West regions.

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 20 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds since its inception in 2016.

There’s no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2024 March Madness picks. Now, with the 2024 NCAA bracket revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Top 2024 March Madness bracket picks

One of the Midwest Region picks from the model: No. 5 Gonzaga beats No. 4 Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16. Both teams have had an up-and-down season, but the Bulldogs have one of the most explosive offenses in college basketball.

Gonzaga is scoring 84.9 points per game this season, which ranks seventh in the nation. The Zags feature four starters scoring at least 12.9 points per game, including forward Graham Ike. He leads the team in points (16.5) and rebounds (7.2) per game and has recorded 20 or more points in seven of his last nine contests.

Another surprise: No. 3 Creighton advances to the Final Four, knocking off Purdue and Tennessee in the process. The Boilermakers are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest, but they haven’t reached the Final Four since 1980. Purdue was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament bracket last season, but lost to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round.

Meanwhile, Tennessee hasn’t advanced past the Sweet 16 since 2010 and the Volunteers suffered a lopsided 73-56 loss against Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament. Creighton has secured wins over UConn, Marquette and Alabama this season, proving the Blue Jays have the team to make a deep run in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. You can see the model’s 2024 NCAA bracket picks here.

How to make 2024 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins every tournament-defining matchup, and which teams will make surprising runs through the 2024 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 2024 NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2024 bracket, and which NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which region the 1- and 3-seeds go down in flames before the Elite Eight, and which region features a 4-seed in the Final Four, all from the model that has beaten 92% of bracket players three of the last five tournaments.

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