I am not sure what time this poll was taken from ESPN experts, but it was on the same day as the Duke beat down of the Kentucky Wildcats. 31 ESPN “experts” gave their Final 4 picks as well as their prediction on the 2018 – 2019 Champions. UK was the runaway favorite with 10 people picking the Wildcats. Kansas & Gonzaga both were chosen by 5 people, while Virginia had 4. Duke, Tennessee & North Carolina had 2 each and Syracuse rounded out the 31 picks with 1 vote.
Oddly enough, Kentucky did not have the most votes for the Final 4, that distinction belonged to Kansas with a whopping 24 votes followed by UK with 19, Gonzaga with 14, Duke 13, Virginia & Tennessee with 11 and North Carolina with 5. Alot of analysts think Duke is a Final Four team but not a Champion.
Of the most notable people voting, Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg & Dick Vitale all have Kentucky winning it all, while bracket guru Joe Lunardi has Kentucky in the Final Four, he has Virginia picked to win it. Wildcat hate Jimmy Dykes doesn’t have any of the big 3, Kentucky, Kansas or Duke in the Final Four but was the lone person to pick Syracuse to win it all.
Only time will tell who will be the cream of the crop this year, but my money on the Champions is Kentucky with UK, Kansas, Tennessee & Virginia as my Final Four.
You can view ESPN’s picks HERE
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