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UVA picked to make Final Four in 13 of 22 brackets

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Hours after the brackets were released, college basketball pundits from the national media began predicting their champions and Final Four participants.

Five experts predict the Virginia Cavaliers to win it all. Villanova received the most picks with seven, with Michigan St, Duke, Arizona, and UNC picking up votes as well. As for the Final Four representative from the South Regional, 13 of the 22 experts chose No. 1 seed UVA, compared to 8 for No. 4 seed Arizona and only one for No. 2 seed Cincinnati. Virginia fans should not feel as slighted as some other schools, since only one expert chose No. 1 seed Xavier to make the Final Four and only one picked No. 1 Kansas as well.

While ESPN announced their top line picks over the air, other sites, like The Athletic, CBS, and USA Today released full brackets. Below is a chart of the expert picks:

Final Four Expert Picks

Expert Site Champion Runner-Up South Winner West Winner East Winner Midwest Winner
Expert Site Champion Runner-Up South Winner West Winner East Winner Midwest Winner
Jay Bilas ESPN Michigan St Virginia Virginia Umich Villanova Michigan St
Dick Vitale ESPN Michigan St Virginia Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Michigan St
Seth Greenberg ESPN Michigan St Virginia Virginia Umich Villanova Michigan St
Jay Williams ESPN Arizona Michigan St Arizona Gonzaga Villanova Michigan St
Andy Katz NCAA Villanova Umich Virginia Umich Villanova Michigan St
Seth Davis Athletic Villanova Virginia Virginia Umich Villanova Duke
Brian Hamilton Athletic Villanova Virginia Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Michigan St
Sam Vecenie Athletic Virginia Villanova Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Duke
Dana O'Neil Athletic Virginia Villanova Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Michigan St
C.L. Brown Athletic Virginia Villanova Virginia UNC Villanova Michigan St
Gary Parrish CBS Duke Virginia Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Duke
Matt Norlander CBS Virginia Michigan St Virginia Gonzaga Purdue Michigan St
Jerry Palm CBS Duke Arizona Arizona UNC Purdue Duke
Chip Patterson CBS Villanova Arizona Arizona UNC Villanova Duke
Josh Nagel CBS Duke Umich Arizona Umich Villanova Duke
Dennis Dodd CBS UNC Villanova Arizona UNC Villanova Michigan St
Kyle Boone CBS Michigan St UNC Cincy UNC Villanova Michigan St
Reid Forgrave CBS Villanova Virginia Virginia UNC Villanova Duke
Shelby Mast USA Today Duke Arizona Arizona Xavier Texas Tech Duke
Lindsay Schnell USA Today Villanova UNC Arizona UNC Villanova Duke
Adam Woodward USA Today Villanova UNC Arizona UNC Villanova Duke
Scott Gleeson USA Today Virginia Kansas Virginia Umich Wich St Kansas
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