As the No. 11 seed, UCLA made an unexpected run to the Final Four last year. After going 25-7 overall and 15-5 in Pac-12 play, the Bruins are seeded fourth in the East Region of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
The Bruins have all the resources necessary to make another strong run in the 2022 March Madness bracket, which would mark the first time a Pac-12 club has won the national championship since 1997.
Johnny Juzang leads the Bruins in scoring heading into the 2022 NCAA basketball tournament, posting 16.0 points per game on average.
Juzang scored 21.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament last year, including a 29-point explosion against Gonzaga in the Final Four. He was outstanding for his team.
For the second time in three years, SportsLine’s sophisticated computer model utterly demolished all of CBS Sports’ brackets with its March Madness predictions during the previous tournament.
The algorithm also correctly predicted three of the Final Four teams from the previous season.
Three 2022 March Madness Bracket Games to Watch
Among the most exciting March Madness matches to watch in 2022: In the West division, the No. 5 seed Connecticut will play the No. 12 seed New Mexico State.
A No. 12 seed has defeated a No. 5 seed 51 times since the NCAA Tournament’s field was expanded to 64 teams (and is presently at 68 teams).
One 2022 March Madness showdown to keep an eye on is the West Region clash between No. 8 Boise State and No. 9 Memphis.
What the Broncos do to defend Tigers star rookie centre Jalen Duren is the matchup to watch. Duren has 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game in 14 games since the middle of January.
No. 7 seed Michigan State vs. No. 10 seed Davidson is another intriguing West Region clash.
Both clubs are similar in that they both shot the ball well but haven’t done a good job defending this year.
However, Davidson had the 119th-toughest schedule, while Michigan State had the eighth-toughest in the nation.
In the NCAA Tournament tournament from the previous year, teams with double-digit seeds like Oregon State, Oral Roberts, and UCLA had incredible runs.
There is only one of those teams in the NCAA Tournament 2022 bracket, UCLA. The Bruins are not considered a Cinderella team this year.
Because they are a No. 4 seed in the East Region of the March Madness bracket 2022. As a result, March Madness 2022 is likely to see several new bracket busters go far.