Mar 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Louisville Cardinals players celebrate after the championship game against the Syracuse Orange at the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Louisville won 78-61. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness 2013: Final Four Predictions

March Madness is set to begin today, so everyone is spending their last few hours before the tournament kicks off to make the final adjustments on their bracket. If you are looking for some last minute information on which teams could make a run into the Final Four, the staff here at put together our Final Four predictions.

Look over our picks and comments and let us know if you agree or disagree with who wee see making a run.

Here are the predictions:

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Patrick Allen:

  • Louisville – I am not totally sold on the Cardinals but I am even less sold on the teams they will need to beat on the road tot he Final Four. I think they will arrive with relative ease.
  • Ohio State – I thought Ohio State was wildly overrated for most of the season but they improved down the stretch and now I think they could be very dangerous. I think going through the ringer in the Big Ten will help them in the tournament.
  • Indiana – The Hoosiers rose to the top of College basketball’s toughest division. These guys are a scoring machine and I think they continue their run into the Final Four .
  • Kansas – A tournament mainstay, the Jayhawks have been great against the Top 25. I see them coasting to the Final Four.

Josh Hill:

  • Louisville – If there is a clear cut front runner right now, it’s Louisville. This isn’t because they’re the best team in the tournament but they have one of the easier route as opposed to the other No. 1 seeds. Duke and Michigan State really aren’t teams that strike fear into anyone, so it’s not going to be hard for a hot team like the Cardinals to sneak out of the Midwest.
  • Pittsburgh – Hey, why not. It’s the Wild, Wild, West region and really anything can happen. I love New Mexico and Ohio State, but this region is going to be one by that classically “hot” team that simply goes on a tear and wanders into the Final Four. Pitt plays stingy defense and they’re going to get into a lot of brawls on that side of the ball, and just about everyone in the West is streaky. Defense stops streaks and wins games in March.
  • Florida – The Gators may have lost the SEC championship game, but this team is a great defensive team and that wins games. What makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the madness is the fact that coupled with that defense, Florida boasts a high flying offense as well. Kenny Boyton, Erick Murphy and Mike Rosario stroke it from three-point land which makes the Gators really tough to beat all-around.
  • Indiana – Sorry Miami, but March is for men. The ‘Canes will make a nice run and they have a great starting five with two Defensive Player of the Year candidates (and one winner) but the Hoosiers have two of the best players in the country with Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and this team is a scoring machine. They won’t blow people out, but the Hoosiers are the real deal and they’re going to go on a tear in the tournament.

Josh Sanchez:

  • Louisville – The Cardinals are the overall No. 1 seed and for good reason. This is a team that doesn’t have many holes on the roster and they have been playing some of their best basketball down the stretch. I expect them to use the momentum they built during their Big East tournament run and come out firing on all cylinders when the tournament begins.
  • Georgetown – Georgetown is one of the best defensive teams in the nation and that should play in to their favor. In the tournament setting, their aggressive defensive play could wear down their opponents. It also doesn’t hurt when you have a player like Otto Porter Jr. While Porter is the team’s best player, Markel Starks could be the most important. If he can limit turnovers, spread the ball and get his three-point shot dropping, then Georgetown will be a very dangerous out.
  • Miami – There is so much to love about this team. When you get to the NCAA tournament you need to have two things — veteran leadership and outstanding guard play. The Hurricanes have both. Four of their starting five players are seniors on the squad and they have one of the best point guards in the nation with Shane Larkin, who dominated the ACC tournament. This team is capable of going all the way.
  • New Mexico – The Lobos are an exciting team to watch and they are in one of the easiest regions with the weakest No. 1 seed. I fully expect Belmont to beat Arizona and then the Lobos will storm past them into the Sweet 16. New Mexico is loaded with talent and there is no reason to believe that they will not be able to take advantage of their relatively easy path to the Final Four.

Who are your predictions to make it all the way? Let us hear who you’ve got making deep runs in the tournament by sounding off in our comments section.

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