Who’s Destined To Win During March Madness?

A Teen Prediction

All eyes are on college freshman Brandon Miller. Can he lead Alabama to a NCAA championship?

As someone who looks forward to seeing the very best that Division I schools have to offer in NCAA Men’s Basketball, March Madness is always one of the most unpredictable and fun sports events on my athletic calendar.

As of writing this article, the Sweet 16 is about to be underway, which I recognize is way too late to be making predictions for the tournament, but I feel waiting until a lot of the lesser teams get weeded out gives me a better idea of who really has the best shot to go all the way. So here are my predictions for the remaining portion of March Madness.

One team that I feel has a very strong chance to make the championship is the No. 3 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. Regular attendees in the tournament, the Zags are once again one of the best teams in the country. They’ve won 30 games so far this season, which is among one of the best in the entire country. Senior forward Drew Timme leads the team in many important categories, including points per game, assists per game, and rebounds per game. With his leadership, along with longtime Gonzaga coach Mark Few, it seems the Zags are once again destined for a championship.

Another team that has the potential to make it to the final dance is the No. 1 seed out of the Midwest Region, the Houston Cougars. Despite never winning a national championship in school history, they are a consistent contender in the tournament, with this year being their third straight Sweet 16 berth. Their leader in points per game is senior guard Marcus Sasser, who averages 16.9 points. Their leader in rebounds and blocks this season is junior forward J’Wan Roberts with 7.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. They’re another team with big time aspirations of being national champions for the first time in school history.

But I believe that the team that will ultimately win it all is the No. 1 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide playing out of the South region. Although Bama is generally known more for their football program, the Tide have definitely put people on notice this season with their hooping skills. Their leader in points and rebounds per game is freshman (yes, I said freshman) forward Brandon Miller, who is already projected to be a top-10 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, despite some of his off-the-court actions. He can’t do it alone though. When it comes to on-the-court production, senior guard Jahvon Quinerly leads the team in assists, junior guard Mark Sears leads the team in steals, and sophomore center Charles Bediako leads the team in blocks.

Who do you think will come out on top of all the Madness? Will it be Alabama? Or a different team not mentioned here? Let me know, and we’ll see if you’re right at the end of the tournament!


By Jermale Dabney, Sophomore, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d


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