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

The Purdue Boilermakers, led by National Player of the Year front-runner Zach Edey, landed the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket and will try to make the program’s third-ever Final Four appearance. Purdue is joined by UConn, Houston and North Carolina as No. 1 seeds in the 2024 March Madness bracket. Arizona, Iowa State, Tennessee and Marquette were named No. 2 seeds in the 2024 NCAA basketball bracket on Selection Sunday.

Is Purdue primed to make its deepest NCAA Tournament run under head coach and former player Matt Painter? Or will teams like Kansas, Gonzaga, or Creighton keep the Boilermakers from advancing out of the Midwest Region of the March Madness bracket 2024? 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. 3 Creighton advances to the Final Four, defeating Purdue and Tennessee in the process. The Bluejays have an experienced head coach in Greg McDermott, who owns a 323-159 record in his 14th year with Creighton. McDermott has the Bluejays firing on all cylinders offensively this season. Creighton enters the NCAA Tournament scoring 80.5 points per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation.

Creighton has also racked up wins over UConn, Marquette and Alabama this season, proving the Bluejays have the squad to make a deep run in the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket. Meanwhile, Purdue has lost in the first round of the NCAA bracket in two of the past three seasons, and Tennessee hasn’t advanced past the Sweet 16 since 2010. 

Another surprise: No. 5 Gonzaga gets past No. 4 Kansas in the Midwest. The Jayhawks have been reeling down the stretch, losing four of their last five games entering the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Bill Self’s squad has struggled on the offensive end of the floor, averaging 75.2 points per game, which ranks 124th in the nation.

Kansas has been held to 52 points or fewer in back-to-back games, which doesn’t bode well against a team like Gonzaga. The Bulldogs score 84.9 points per game on average, which ranks seventh in college basketball. Gonzaga also ranks 21st in the nation in assists per game with 16.6. Guard Ryan Nembhard leads the team with 6.7 assists per game to go along with 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. 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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