NCAA Tournament Predictions 2017: Final Four Picks

For the first time in four appearances, South Dakota State men's basketball team goes into the NCAA Tournament as a 16 seed.

Their lone loss of the year came to BYU, February 25.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs were awarded a No. 1 seed in the West region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Led by Bryant McIntosh, who scored 14.4 points and dished out 5.2 assists per game this season, the Wildcats had plenty of impressive wins during their historic season.

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With a school-record 23 wins - just the fourth time the Wildcats have cracked the 20-win mark - Northwestern knew this was the year to make history. It also didn't help that Cal mixed in losses to San Diego State, Stanford, Utah and Colorado, all top 100 teams but none ever serious threats to reach the NCAA tournament. Of course, it's hard to get those games, especially at home. You should include at least one No. 1 seed in your Final Four. The Wildcats went a ideal 13-0 in non-conference play, featuring wins over top-ranked programs such as Purdue, Notre Dame, and Virginia. It certainly depends on the format and scoring system of your particular pool, but if you correctly predict even two or three teams in the national semifinals-especially if one of those isn't a chalk pick-then you'll likely be in excellent position in your pool. Regular season champion Purdue is the highest seed from the conference, as the No. 4 in the Midwest Region. They instead blew that momentum with a 22-point loss to IN in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

It's been a mighty long wait for fans of Chicago's Big Ten Team.

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