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NCAA bracket predictions: College basketball model releases surprising March Madness 2022 tournament picks

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The 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket features a number of players who can lead their team to a national title. Iowa’s Keegan Murray is averaging 23.6 points per game, which ranks fourth in the nation. Murray will lead the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes against several serious contenders in the Midwest Region of the 2022 March Madness bracket, including Kansas, Auburn and Wisconsin. Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe is producing 17.0 points and 15.1 rebounds, while teammate Sahvir Wheeler is dishing 6.9 assists per game. John Calipari’s squad is looking to win their first national title since 2012 in the 2022 NCAA bracket.

Can Kentucky’s dynamic duo lead the Wildcats to the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament, or will Murray guide the Hawkeyes deep in the March Madness 2022 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.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulated the entire 2022 NCAA Tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last year, beating over 92 percent of all CBS Sports brackets for the second time in three tournaments. 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 picks. Now, with the 2022 NCAA bracket revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Three 2022 March Madness bracket games to watch

One of the most intriguing 2022 March Madness matchups to watch: No. 5 seed Connecticut vs. No. 12 seed New Mexico State in the West region. UConn features one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the nation, which allows the Huskies multiple second-chance opportunities. UConn is averaging 13.97 offensive rebounds per game, the third-best mark in the county. New Mexico State, meanwhile, features a dynamic defense that can stymie its opponents. In fact, the Aggies are giving up just 65.0 points per game this season.

One 2022 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: No. 8 Boise State vs. No. 9 Memphis in the West Region. The 8 vs. 9 matchup is always a toss-up, with the No. 9 seed holding a 73-71 advantage since the March Madness field expanded in 1985. Memphis failed to live up to lofty expectations this season, but the Tigers could make noise in the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket after winning 12 of their last 14 games. Meanwhile, Boise State has won eight of its last nine games thanks to a suffocating defense. The Broncos are giving up just 60.8 points per game, which ranks 13th in the country.

Another West Region matchup that stands out is No. 7 seed Michigan State vs. No. 10 seed Davidson. The Spartans enter the 2022 NCAA basketball tournament bracket averaging 72.1 points per game, which ranks 146th in the country. Forward Gabe Brown is the only Michigan State player averaging double-digit points per game (11.4). Meanwhile, Davidson is knocking down 48.14 percent of its field goals this season, the 18th-best mark in college basketball. You can see the model’s picks for these games and every other here.

How to make 2022 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins every tournament-defining matchup? And which teams will make surprising runs through the 2022 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 2022 NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket? And which NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which double-digit seeds you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s called 17 upsets by double-digit seeds.

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