A forgotten Final Four team from last season was Houston, which enters the 2022 March Madness bracket as a No. 5 seed. Outside of top overall seed, Gonzaga, the Cougars are the highest-ranked mid-major in the entire NCAA Tournament 2022. They also have plenty of NCAA basketball tournament experience since four of the team’s five starters are seniors. Houston isn’t getting the same attention that the other Final Four participants are from last year: Gonzaga, Baylor and UCLA. Should that anonymity factor into your 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket picks? 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 2022 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: No. 8 Boise State vs. No. 9 Memphis in the West region. This pod of the bracket features only mid-majors, with the winner of this game likely seeing top overall seed Gonzaga in the second round. Boise is among the best at guarding against the three-point line, as it allows just 5.7 threes per game, the sixth-fewest among NCAA Tournament teams. However, Memphis doesn’t concern itself with long-range shots since it gets to the foul line 22 times per game, which ranks third amongst 2022 March Madness teams.
Also in the West Region, No. 5 Connecticut takes on No. 12 New Mexico State. Oregon State became the latest No. 12 seed to beat a No. 5 last year when it dominated Tennessee in the first round. It was the seventh time that’s happened in the last six tournaments. The Aggies played a top-100 schedule this year and put together an impressive 26-6 record. The Huskies are extremely athletic, but a veteran New Mexico State squad could prove to be a tough out.
The third matchup to watch is also in the West Region, where No. 7 Michigan State faces No. 10 Davidson. There are just a handful of coaches in this tournament that have racked up over 600 wins at Division I schools, and two are featured in this game. Tom Izzo has eight Final Fours on his résumé and is making his 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. While Bob McKillop doesn’t have those accomplishments, he is making his 10th NCAA college basketball tournament appearance, eight of which didn’t feature Stephen Curry on his team. 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.