Rothstein: Michigan State Will Beat Arizona For National Title

Rothstein believes 20 teams have a legitimate shot at the Final Four

Taz and the Moose
March 15, 2018 - 11:13 am

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With the NCAA Tournament finally upon us, CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein sees parity – and lots of it.

“I am not particularly comfortable with anybody, to be honest with you,” Rothstein said on Taz & The Moose. “If I’m going to be totally candid, I look at the situation and I see an NCAA Tournament with no true favorites. I still believe seven to 10 can win a national championship, but 20 might be able to get to a Final Four”

What teams have a legitimate chance of playing their way to San Antonio, you ask? Rothstein broke it down by region.

In the South, No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Arizona, and No. 5 Kentucky.

In the West, No. 1 Xavier, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Michigan, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Houston, and No. 8 Missouri.

In the East, No. 1 Villanova, No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Wichita State, No. 5 West Virginia, and No. 6 Florida.

And in the Midwest, No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Duke, and No. 3 Michigan State.

“I have Michigan State winning the whole thing and beating Arizona,” Rothstein said. “I am comfortable with Arizona (making the Final Four) because of Deandre Ayton. (Sean Miller has) got the most talented player in the country, there’s no doubt about that."