It’s NCAA Basketball heavyweights Gonzaga and Kansas in the finals of our mock NCAA Tournament. Which team did our writers pick as the 2020 national champion?
Despite the early ending of the 2019-20 NCAA Basketball season, we here at Busting Brackets have decided to create our own version of what would’ve been this year’s NCAA Tournament. Using Lukas Harkins’ own final Bracketology field of 68, our entire staff of contributors took part in predicting who would win each matchup.
Starting off in the South Region, the Kansas Jayhawks ran through everyone. It helped that the other top seeds (Creighton and Maryland) fell, leaving the Virginia Cavaliers at their Elite Eight opponent. But the votes had Kansas moving on. Gonzaga was the other No. 1 seed who made the Final Four, taking care of both Oregon and San Diego State from the West Region to advance.
The other No. 1 seeds weren’t able to make it that far. Dayton made it all the way to the Elite 8 in the East Region but fell to the Michigan Spartans in a tight matchup. Another No. 1 seed who was defeated was Baylor, who lost in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky. The Wildcats ended up beating Penn State in the Midwest bracket finals to be the last Final Four participant.
Just recently, our contributors voted on Gonzaga vs Kentucky and Michigan State vs Kansas. Ultimately, by a vote a 4-1 each, both Kansas and Gonzaga moved on to the mock national title game. To a degree, it’s not a huge surprise, considering that these were consistently the top teams in the country, and ranked No. 1 and 2 in the NET. The Bulldogs are the best offensive team in the country while the Jayhawks are tops on the defensive end.
For this mega matchup, we’re going to have seven contributors give their input and make scorer predictions. Whichever team gets at least four predicted wins, gets declared 2020 Busting Brackets fictional national tournament. Find out who is the last standing team.