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Preview for the 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament



Check out a preview for the 2024 NCAA Tournament including championship odds, Final Four picks, power rankings, players to watch and more! The defending national champion Connecticut Huskies are favorites to repeat, followed by the fellow top seeded Houston Cougars and Purdue Boilermakers. National Player of the Year and Purdue star center Zach Edey headlines the players to watch along with Kentucky Wildcats guard Rob Dillingham, North Carolina Tar Heels point guard RJ Davis and Tennessee Volunteers forward Dalton Knecht. There is certainly no shortage of potential first round upsets, highlighted by the Drake Bulldogs, Grand Canyon Lopes, McNeese Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos!


Championship Odds:

1. Connecticut (+370)

2. Houston (+600)

3. Purdue (+700)

4. Arizona (+1300)

5. North Carolina (+1700)

6. Tennessee (+1700)

7. Iowa State (+2000)

8. Auburn (+2200)

9. Creighton (+2500)

10. Marquette (+2500)



Final Four Picks:

East: #1 Connecticut over #3 Illinois

Midwest: #1 Purdue over #2 Tennessee

South: #2 Marquette over #1 Houston

West: #1 North Carolina over #2 Arizona


First Round Upsets:

East: #10 Drake over #7 Washington State

Midwest: #11 Oregon over #6 South Carolina

South: #12 James Madison over #5 Wisconsin

West: #12 Grand Canyon over #5 St. Mary's



Power Rankings:

1. Connecticut (31-3)

2. Houston (30-4)

3. Purdue (29-4)

4. North Carolina (27-7)

5. Iowa State (27-7)

6. Arizona (25-8)

7. Tennessee (24-8)

8. Marquette (25-9)

9. Illinois (26-8)

10. Kentucky (23-9)

11. Creighton (23-9)

12. Baylor (23-10)

13. Auburn (27-7)

14. Duke (24-8)

15. Kansas (22-10)

16. Alabama (21-11)

17. St. Mary’s (26-7)

18. Gonzaga (25-7)

19. San Diego State (24-10)

20. Wisconsin (22-13)

21. South Carolina (26-7)

22. Texas Tech (23-10)

23. BYU (23-10)

24. Clemson (21-11)

25. Dayton (24-7)

26. Washington State (24-9)

27. Florida (24-11)

28. Texas (20-12)

29. Utah State (27-6)

30. Florida Atlantic (25-8)

31. Nebraska (23-10)

32. Mississippi State (21-13)

33. Northwestern (21-11)

34. TCU (21-12)

35. Texas A&M (20-14)

36. Michigan State (19-14)

37. Drake (28-6)

38. Nevada (26-7)

39. Colorado State (24-10)

40. Colorado (24-10)

41. Virginia (23-10)

42. Boise State (22-10)

43. New Mexico (26-9)

44. Duquesne (24-11)

45. Oregon (23-11)

46. NC State (22-14)

47. James Madison (31-3)

48. McNeese (30-3)

49. Grand Canyon (29-4)

50. UAB (23-11)

51. Samford (29-5)

52. Vermont (28-6)

53. Charleston (27-7)

54. Yale (22-9)

55. Morehead State (26-8)

56. Colgate (25-9)

57. Akron (24-10)

58. Oakland (23-11)

59. Western Kentucky (22-11)

60. South Dakota State (22-12)

61. Saint Peter’s (19-13)

62. Long Beach State (21-14)

63. Stetson (22-12)

64. Longwood (21-13)

65. Grambling (20-14)

66. Wagner (16-15)

67. Howard (18-16)

68. Montana State (17-17)


All-East Region Team:

Tristen Newton (Connecticut guard)

Johnell Davis (Florida Atlantic guard)

Terrence Shannon Jr (Illinois guard)

Jaedon LeDee (San Diego State forward)

Johni Broome (Auburn center)


All-Midwest Region Team:

Max Abmas (Texas guard)

Shahada Wells (McNeese guard)

Dalton Knecht (Tennessee forward)

Baylor Scheierman (Creighton forward)

Zach Edey (Purdue center)


All-South Region Team:

Tyler Kolek (Marquette guard)

Jamal Shead (Houston guard)

Rob Dillingham (Kentucky guard)

AJ Storr (Wisconsin forward)

Kyle Filipowski (Duke center)


All-West Region Team:

RJ Davis (North Carolina guard)

Caleb Love (Arizona guard)

Ja’Kobe Walter (Baylor guard)

Tyon Grant-Foster (Grand Canyon forward)

DaRon Holmes II (Dayton center)


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