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Despite all the struggles through the season, both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments have reached the Final Four. Just as Bill Walton predicted, the Pac-12 is dominating the women’s Final Four, but what do fans think is going to happen in the men’s bracket? Fans across the country pretty clearly believe only one team has a chance at winning the whole thing.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 76% of NCAA basketball fans believe the Gonzaga Bulldogs will win the men’s tournament. The next closest team is Baylor with 14 percent, followed by UCLA’s seven percent and three percent for Houston.
Gonzaga will enter their Final Four game against UCLA with an undefeated record, becoming the first to do so since 2015 Kentucky. However, more than three-fourths of fans believe this year’s Gonzaga squad is better than the 2015 Kentucky team, that would be upset in the Final Four against Wisconsin. Do you remember that game?
Do the Bruins have a Frank Kaminsky or Sam Dekker that can upset the Bulldogs? Former Kentucky Wildcat Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez have been electric for the Bruins this March, but they have yet to face a death machine like Gonzaga.
On the women’s side, there is another clear favorite. Led by freshman phenom Paige Bueckers, UConn is expected by 55 percent of fans to win another national championship.
The next closest teams behind UConn are fellow one-seeds South Carolina with 22 percent of the vote and Stanford with 20 percent. Arizona remains the longshot with only three percent of fans believing they can pull the upset.
If you tuned into ESPN on Friday night not only were you treated to an excellent evening of basketball you also saw that, maybe, the fans aren’t always right about who is going to win. Stanford held on to beat South Carolina by one and point guard Aari McDonald of Arizona had the UConn Huskies in hell all night as the Wildcats advanced to make things an all Pac-12 affair.
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