Parise: Michigan Will Beat Kentucky, Advance To Title Game

Vin Parise believes the Wolverines will play for the national championship

Taz and the Moose
March 20, 2018 - 10:03 am

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With pretty much everyone’s bracket busted, how about we give folks a mulligan and start over? You know, wipe the slate clean with the Sweet 16 and go from there.

Vin Parise is fine with that. The Fox Sports college basketball analyst has a fairly straightforward Elite Eight – he’s picking Villanova, Texas Tech, Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, Michigan, Kentucky, and Nevada to advance – but his championship game may surprise you.

Well, half of it, anyway.

“I’m going to go Jay Wright against Jon Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines, and I can’t go against the Big East,” Parise said on Taz & The Moose. “I think that Villanova is prime here. I think it’s a great championship game once again. I don’t think anybody should be shocked if the Kansas Jayhawks advance, but you know I’m a Big East guy.”

For the No. 3 Wolverines (30-7) to reach the championship, they would have to defeat No. 7 Texas A&M (22-12), potentially No. 4 Gonzaga (32-4), and likely No. 5 Kentucky (26-10), which could advance to the Final Four without beating a top-six seed.

That’s what happens when No. 1 Virginia (31-3), No. 2 Cincinnati (31-5), No. 3 Tennessee (26-9), No. 4 Arizona (27-8) and No. 6 Miami (22-10) all fail to survive opening weekend.

“Everything opened up in the South for (Kentucky),” Parise said. 

Kentucky faces No. 9 Kansas State (24-11) on Thursday. If victorious, the Wildcats would play the winner of No. 7 Nevada (29-7) versus No. 11 Loyola (30-5) on Saturday for the right to go to the Final Four.

“The way those guards are playing, could Nevada beat Kentucky? Yes,” Parise said. “But I like to go with length and athleticism bothering shooters, and I think Cal’s guys, if they get past that one with Kansas State, get to the Final Four."