OPINION: An underdog team will win the NCAA title this year

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The basketball game between K-State and KU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6, 2017. (Archive Photo by Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

Although K-State may be out of the Big Dance, that doesn’t mean that we can’t predict how this crazy tournament will end this year.

Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan

I had the opportunity to see Michigan’s first game of the NCAA Tournament in Wichita as they beat Montana. In the next round, they barely escaped beating Houston by a buzzer beater, and that is why they are playing so well.

Sometimes when teams end that dramatically, they tend to play like they shouldn’t be there or are playing on a free life.

As for Loyola, they are playing on many extra lives after winning numerous games in the final seconds to be playing in the final four. They have Sister Jean on their side, which seems to be a great charm for them in this tournament.

As for this game, I think that Michigan will end the Cinderella’s run at a title with a score of 74-66. Michigan will play for a chance at the NCAA title on Monday.

Villanova vs. Kansas

This should be the National Championship game, but it’s not. It is just right for one of the two best teams left to play for the title.

This has the making to be as good of a game as the last one was for Kansas against Duke. That game was arguably the best game of the tournament thus far with the Jayhawks barely sneaking out a win against the Blue Devils.

This game between the Wildcats and Jayhawks is going to be great. As for my prediction, I think Kansas will get the best of the Wildcats with a win 83-81.

Kansas vs. Michigan

The National Championship game would be a very good one if these two teams meet up. I think Kansas will beat Michigan for the championship 75-64, and Kansas will win a national title with what some would say is head coach Bill Self’s worst team ever in Lawrence. They are playing well at the right time, and that is really what matters in college basketball.

Avery Osen is a graduate student in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.

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