A Way Too Early Final 4 Prediction

November 3, 2022 Uncategorized Comments Off on A Way Too Early Final 4 Prediction

As the 2022-23 college basketball season is about to tip off, here is a way too early final 4 prediction. This year’s college basketball season will begin on November 7th with a full slate of games for Monday. A lot of college basketball fans are not sure what to expect; Can Kansas become the second team to repeat a national title? Can Gonzaga make a championship run after falling short to Arkansas in the sweet 16? What can we expect from reigning NPOY Oscar Tshiebwe and the Kentucky Wildcats? How will Duke hold up after legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski passes the reigns onto John Scheyer? These are among the questions that fans and college basketball experts have.

The West (Las Vegas)

Out of the west division of the bracket, I have #1 seed Gonzaga making it to Houston for the final 4. Gonzaga has one of the most talented big men in the nation behind Drew Timme leading the pack. I believe former Kentucky commit Nolan Hickman will have a breakout sophomore year to lead the backcourt. Mark Few has come very close in the past 5 years but always seems to fall short. I think the Zags are out for revenge and will be a hot favorite early in the season.

East (New York)

I fully expect North Carolina to return to the final four as they were a game short last year, falling short to Kansas in the National Championship. The Tar Heels also have a very talented big man returning for another shot at a national title, as Armando Bacot will return for his senior year. Junior guard Caleb Love will be leading the backcourt and having a year of experience will really help this team in the long run. The Tar Heels open the season as the #1 team in the nation, but none of that matters when March rolls around…

Midwest (Kansas City)

The Midwest is stacked with talented blue-blood college basketball teams. As we have Kentucky, Duke, and reigning national champions Kansas looking to make it back to the big dance. If any of these teams were in other divisions, I would have no problem putting them elsewhere. But there can only be one team in Houston this year. Duke will be without Hall of Fame head coach, Coach K, for the first time in almost half a century (42 years) but will be bringing in a very talented freshman class. The reigning national champions, Kansas Jayhawks, will be looking to go back-to-back. There has only been one other team to do that in history (06-08 Florida Gators) but Kansas will not have head coach, Bill Self, on the sidelines for the first 4 games of the season. The Kentucky Wildcats and former NPOY big man Oscar Tshiebwe, along with a very talented incoming class will be looking to revenge themselves after being knocked out in the round of 64 to the Cinderella story St. Peter Peacocks. Though the talent runs deep in the Midwest, I will be biased and say that the Kentucky Wildcats will be in Houston this year looking for their ninth championship.

The South (Louisville)

The Houston Cougars have been an up-and-coming program in recent years and will start the season with a very talented group of players with good experience. I believe that since the Final 4 is in Houston this year, this will motivate the cougars to have somewhat of a homecourt advantage in March. Houston’s tenacious defense will carry the cougars deep in March, as defense wins championships. I will not be surprised if we see them playing “home games” in the first week of April.

West- Gonzaga

East- North Carolina

Midwest- Kentucky

South- Houston

I can’t wait for another exciting year of college basketball, as I’m sure you all are as well.

–Clay

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