NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket picks, upsets, best Cinderella teams: Model simulates March Madness 10,000 times

NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket picks, upsets, best Cinderella teams: Model simulates March Madness 10,000 times

How a team responds to a major injury during March Madness 2022 can make or break its chances of making a significant run, and the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket features several programs facing just such a scenario. In 2018, Virginia lost De’Andre Hunter in the ACC Tournament and ended up on the wrong side of the biggest upset in NCAA history with a first round loss to Maryland-Baltimore County. Can top programs that must overcome losses of key players still find a path to glory in the NCAA Tournament 2022?

Arizona finished the regular season as the No. 2 team in the country and top seed in the South region, but may be without starting guard Kerr Kriisa, who injured his ankle in the Pac-12 tournament. Kriisa leads the team in assists with 4.9 per game and is its fourth-leading scorer at 10.1 points per outing. 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.

Their proven projection model has simulated every game in the tournament 10,000 times. It absolutely crushed its March Madness picks last tournament, beating over 92 percent of all CBS Sports brackets for the second time in three years. The model also nailed a whopping three teams in the Final Four last year.

He 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 pools. Now, with the 2022 NCAA bracket being revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

2022 March Madness upset picks, Cinderella teams

One of the model’s 2022 NCAA Tournament upset picks: 10-seed Davidson takes down 7-seed Michigan State in the West region. The Spartans could be without the services of Tyson Walker (ankle), who has started 28 games this season but hasn’t practiced leading up to the matchup against the Wildcats.

Walker averaged 10.2 points with five assists over his last five starts prior to his injury in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wildcats won three of their last five regular season games by more than 20 points and their two A-10 Tournament wins by at 15 points or more. The last three seasons haven’t been kind to Tom Izzo and the Spartans, who have failed to make the NCAA basketball tournament bracket or advance out of the first round.

The model also has another bold prediction, calling for an early exit for the Duke Blue Devils in head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final NCAA bracket. The Blue Devils are hoping for a storybook ending in Coach K’s final March Madness run, but the Red Raiders piled up quality wins over teams like Kansas, Baylor and Tennessee this year.

Texas Tech has the defense to slow Duke’s explosive offense. Texas Tech gave up just 60.3 points per game this season and held three of their final four opponents to 55 points or fewer. Duke hasn’t been trustworthy in marquee spots, losing to North Carolina and Virginia Tech by double-digits. SportsLine’s model is advancing Texas Tech to the Elite Eight. Get all the upsets here.

How to make 2022 NCAA bracket predictions

SportsLine’s bracket features a No. 11 seed and No. 5 seed in the Final Four, plus a region where the No. 12 and No. 10 seeds are a must-back. With the model’s track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it is calling this year before locking in any NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament bracket 2022? And which March Madness underdogs will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s nailed 17 upsets by double-digit seeds since its inception and beat over 92 percent of players two of the last three tournaments.