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Who is favored to win March Madness? Who are the standout players?

March Madness Is in full swing and the first round is about to begin. Here’s a look at the teams that are favored to come out on top, and some of the players to watch.

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March Madness Is in full swing and the first round is about to begin. Here’s a look at the teams that are favored to come out on top, and the players to watch.

The First Four games have been played and the teams have been whittled down to 64. Brackets have been filled and games for the first round are about to tip off.

Which teams are predicted to reach the final four and eventually win the championship? Who are the players expected to deliver outstanding performances?

Based on their numbers, here are the squads that are likely to advance in the brackets.

Who is favored to win March Madness?

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are considered the top seed in this year’s NCAA tournament. They were last year’s runner-up, and this year they are tipped by oddsmakers to emerge as champions.

The Arizona Wildcats are ranked number two in the country and hold a 32-3 record. Winning the Pac-12 tournament raised their stock, and now they are considered a serious title contender.

The Kentucky Wildcats are also believed to have a shot at the championship. They had two impressive games in January, beating two ranked teams by a combined total of 46 points.

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The Auburn Tigers are pegged at number four, if they are able to maximize their talent and manage to be more consistent. They were undefeated at home but erratict on the road in the last six weeks of the regular season.

Other teams that have good odds of winning are the defending champions Baylor Bears who have been bogged down by injuries; the Duke Blue Devils who are looking to improve on its defense; the Purdue Boilermakers who have delivered with the leadership of coach Matt Painter; and the battle-tried-and-tested Kansas Jayhawks.

Who are the standout players?

March Madness promises first-rate performances from players eager to show their NBA potential. These athletes will get the chance to bring glory to their school and up their value for a future NBA draft at the same time.

There are excellent rebounders like Oscar Chiebwe of Kentucky, and scoring masters like Jamaree Bouyea of San Francisco.

Here are some of the players who are expected to put on a good show in this year’s March Madness.

NCAA Players to watch

NAME OF PLAYERSCHOOL
Ochai AgbajiKansas
Keve AlumaVirginia Tech
Jamaree BouyeSan Francisco
Izaiah BrockingtonIowa State
Ryan DavisVermont
Hunter DickinsonMichigan
Jacob GilyardRichmond
Ron Harper Jr.Rutgers
Chet HolmgrenGonzaga
Jaden IveyPurdue
Trayce Jackson-DavisIndiana
Kameron McGustyMiami
Oscar TshiebweKentucky
Azuolas TubelisArizona
Blake WesleyNotre Dame
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