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2024 NCAA Tournament bracket: Sweet 16 predictions, March Madness second chance picks, upsets by proven model

The Sweet 16 round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket tips on Thursday. Several blue bloods like Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State have already gone home. That opens the door for teams still in the 2024 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 bracket like Alabama, Tennessee and Clemson to make the Final Four for the first time in school history. The March Madness bracket 2024 only features one double-digit seed in the Sweet 16, as No. 11 seed NC State will face No. 2 seed Marquette on Friday.

Should your 2024 NCAA Tournament second-chance bracket picks include backing the Wolfpack to continue their Cinderella run? Who should you back in pivotal 2024 NCAA Tournament matchups like Alabama vs. UNC, Duke vs. Houston and Gonzaga vs. Purdue? Before locking in any March Madness predictions, be sure to check out the 2024 NCAA bracket picks from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulated the entire 2024 NCAA Tournament 10,000 times. It has absolutely crushed its March Madness picks, beating over 96% of all CBS Sports brackets so far this tournament. The model nailed 13 of the 16 teams in the Sweet 16, and all four of its Final Four teams are still in the field. 

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 24 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds, including calling No. 12 seed James Madison over No. 5 seed Wisconsin and No. 11 seed NC State over No. 6 seed Texas Tech this year. 

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2024 March Madness picks. Now, the model has simulated every possible matchup for the remainder of the 2024 NCAA Tournament and revealed its updated bracket. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Top 2024 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 picks

One team to back in 2024 March Madness brackets: No. 1 seed UConn advances past No. 5 seed San Diego State in an East Region Sweet 16 matchup. The Huskies are the defending national champions and have been firing on all cylinders through the first two games of the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket. UConn dominated Stetson in the first round, securing a 91-52 victory. The Huskies then eased past Northwestern in a 75-58 final.

UConn’s dominant defense was on full display in the win over the Wildcats, holding Northwestern to just 18 points in the first half. Guard Tristen Newton finished with a double-double in Sunday’s victory, recording 20 points and 10 assists. Newton also finished with a double-double in UConn’s victory over SDSU in the national championship last season, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the 76-59 win. UConn’s recent success and overall experience are reasons why the model has the Huskies advancing in well over 80% of simulations. Get more NCAA Tournament bracket picks here.

Another team to back with your 2024 NCAA Tournament picks: No. 3 seed Illinois advances past No. 2 seed Iowa State in the other Sweet 16 matchup in the East. The Cyclones have struggled against teams with multiple stars this season, losing to Texas A&M, BYU, Baylor and Houston. They will face two superstars on Thursday, with Terrence Shannon Jr. and Marcus Domask combining for almost 40 points and nine rebounds per game.

Shannon has scored at least 26 points in his last five games, leading the Fighting Illini to a Big Ten Tournament title and a pair of blowout wins to open the NCAA Tournament 2024. Iowa State has four double-digit scorers, but none of them are elite scorers like Shannon and Domask. SportsLine’s model knows that stars win games at this time of the year, which is why the Illini are advancing in well over 50% of simulations. Get more bracket picks here.

How to make 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

SportsLine’s model also says two teams seeded No. 3 or worse make the Final Four. 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 2024 March Madness bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2024 bracket? And which teams seeded No. 3 or worse shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you can back with confidence, all from the model that is beating over 96% of bracket players this year and has called 24 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds.

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