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From the Basement: March Madness predictions

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year.

On Thursday, March 16, March Madness will officially begin as 68 teams from across the country lace ’em up for the opportunity to win the national championships in Phoenix. Everyone, even The Hullabaloo, wants a piece of the action as we pick our favorites to win it all.

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Duke University

Susan Fanelli, Sports Editor

Saying that Duke (27-8, 11-7 ACC) had a difficult road to March Madness would be an understatement. After being defeated in the Elite 8 by No. 1-seeded Oregon, the team looks to rebound this year. The 2016-17 season was not kind to Duke, however, as numerous starters fell to injury and key losses to teams such as Kansas, Syracuse and Miami began to pile up. When a loss to North Carolina at Chapel...

Villanova University

Jake Brennan, Sports Editor

Villanova (31-3, 15-3 Big East Conference) is poised to repeat a national title run after an incredible 2016 March Madness. Villanova is a team that thrives on the pressure of March Madness and has been there before. Seeded No. 1 in the East, and playing against Mt. St Mary's University (20-15, 14-4 Northeast Conference) in the first round, Villanova will have an easy path into at least the Sweet...

University of Arizona

Josh Axelrod, Associate Editor

Coming back reinvigorated after last year's disappointing first-round loss to Wichita State, the Arizona Wildcats (30-4, 16-2 Pacific-12 Conference) are an intriguing pick. The team has everything going for it: Pac-12 all-star sophomore guard Allonzo Trier, veteran coach Sean Miller, a conference win and a hometown Final Four in Phoenix. It is worth mentioning that this is Trier's first NCAA appearance...

Florida State University  

Jordan Figueredo, Senior Staff Reporter

While the confetti did not fall on Florida State (25-8, 12-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) at the ACC tournament in Brooklyn, New York this past weekend, the Seminoles remain strong contenders in March Madness. No. 3-seeded FSU first faces off against Florida Gulf Coast (26-7, 12-2 Atlantic Sun Conference) on Thursday in Orlando, Florida. After an impressive comeback in the second half but ultimately...

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