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Despite all the struggles through the season, both the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments have reached the Final Four. But we all clearly believe only one team on each side has a chance at winning the whole thing.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 76% of NCAA basketball fans believe the Gonzaga Bulldogs will win the men’s tournament. The next closest team is Baylor with 14 percent, followed by UCLA’s seven percent and three percent for Houston. I feel like that’s a fair amount of hate on Kelvin Sampson’s squad.. considering UCLA has to play Gonzaga!
Gonzaga will enter their Final Four game against UCLA with an undefeated record, becoming the first to do so since 2015 Kentucky. However, more than three-quarters of fans believe this year’s Gonzaga squad is better than the 2015 Kentucky team that was upset in the Final Four against Wisconsin.
On the women’s side, there is another clear favorite. Led by freshman phenom Paige Bueckers, UConn is expected by 55 percent of fans to win another national championship.
The next closest teams behind UConn are fellow one-seeds South Carolina with 22 percent of the vote and Stanford with 20 percent. Arizona remains the longshot with only three percent of fans believing they can pull the upset. Clearly the vote happened before both UConn AND South Carolina were upset leaving a championship game of Arizona and Stanford happening on Sunday.
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