Who Will Win Each Region of the NCAA Tournament?

We finally made it. March Madness. Shockingly, this is the first NCAA tournament with fans in the stands since 2019  – and I’m so ready for it. I bet you all are too.

As I wrote several weeks ago in my Top 5 Picks to Win the NCAA Tournament article, the field is stacked – and no one has separated themselves as the true top team in the nation. It’s very deep.

You can bet on the tournament all Spring long using Here are their top ten to win each region along with my pick for each:

West Region:

Gonzaga                             -160

Duke                                  +450

Texas Tech                       +525

Arkansas                        +1600

Connecticut                   +1600

Alabama                         +2500

Memphis                        +2500

Michigan State              +5000

Boise State                    +5000

Vermont/Davidson      +6600

The west region has the number one team in the country and the number one overall seed in the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga is 26-3 on the season – having only lost to Duke, Alabama, and St. Mary’s on their attempt at returning to the National Championship.

Ironically, two of the three teams that beat Gonzaga in the regular season in Duke and Alabama are also in this region. Duke is playing in what is Coach K’s last season, and Alabama is coming off of two straight tournament appearances under head coach Nate Oats.

Gonzaga is the best team in the country. I’d be shocked if they don’t make it to the Final Four.

The pick: Gonzaga -160

South Region:

Arizona                            +160

Tennessee                      +425

Villanova                         +425

Houston                         +450

Illinois                            +900

Michigan                      +2200

Loyola-Chicago           +2800

Ohio State                    +3300

Seton Hall                    +4000

TCU                               +5000

This region has four teams that have each made a Final Four within in the last three tournaments. Villanova, Houston, Michigan, and Loyola-Chicago have all found their way to the host city since 2018. These teams have championship pedigree.

Arizona is the number two team in the country, led by head coach Tommy Lloyd and sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin. They’ve won their last six, with their most recent win being a dominant come from behind victory over UCLA  in the PAC-12 Championship. The Wildcats are hot, and it’ll be hard to stop them.

The pick: Arizona +160

East Region:

Kentucky                         +225

Baylor                              +260

Purdue                            +375

UCLA                               +550

Texas                             +1800

St. Mary’s                     +2000

Virginia Tech               +2200

North Carolina            +2500

San Francisco              +3300

Murray State               +4000

This is my third chalky pick in a row, but I’m taking Kentucky to win the East Region. Sure – March will always have some crazy upsets and long-shots who make a Sweet-16 run, but it’s the blue bloods who make the Final Four.

Baylor went on a spectacular run last season and ended up getting a National Championship out of it – but having the National Player of the Year in Oscar Tshiebwe and an all-time head coach in John Calipari will be what separates Kentucky in the East.

The pick: Kentucky +225

Midwest Region:

Kansas                       +210

Auburn                        +250

Iowa                            +350

LSU                            +1000

Wisconsin                +1200

USC                            +2200

San Diego State      +2200

Miami                        +2500

Providence              +2800

Creighton                +3300

This is arguably the most wide-open region in the tournament. It truly goes ten deep, all the way down to Providence and Creighton.

With that being said, I’d be hard-pressed to find a better team than Auburn to come out of this region. Sure – they lost early in the SEC Tournament to a smoking hot Texas A&M Aggies team, but this is anyone’s region, and having a dominant player like Jabari Smith to rely on down the stretch doesn’t hurt either.

Sorry Kansas, Iowa, and Wisconsin – It’s Auburn who gets back to the Final Four.

The pick: Auburn +250

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Mike Kadlick

Mike is a Patriots reporter for WEEI and also covers sports betting for CLNS. Follow him on Twitter @mikekadlick.

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