Printable NCAA Brackets 2013: Boldest Final Four Picks to Consider

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 19, 2013

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 2:  Doug McDermott #3 of the Creighton Bluejays high fives teammate Grant Gibbs #10 during their game at the CenturyLink Center on March 2, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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If you are trying to win your bracket pool but don’t feel too confident in your predictions, it never hurts to go for the bold predictions.  This strategy has a few advantages.

First, if you’re right on a couple, you will get points that others likely won’t be getting

Second, if you get all of your bold predictions right, there’s no way you’re losing your pool.

Third, it’s a great way to annoy the rest of your group, even if you’re wrong.

As far as bold predictions go, this is actually a great year to make those picks.  With so much parity in the NCAA this season, it’s uncertain who will be going to the Final Four. 

If you’re planning on making a pool, Bleacher Report has a Printable PDF of the bracket that you can use. 

For live updates on the games and the outcomes, we have also provided a Live Bracket to keep up on.

Now that you’re all set to fill out a bracket, here are some bold predictions to make the Final Four.


Saint Louis

This school has been getting a lot of attention lately, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a bold prediction. 

The Billikens are in the A-10 conference, but they are looking like a team coming out of a powerhouse conference this season.  They finished the season with a 27-6 record and went 5-1 against the Top 25.  They were able to beat the Butler Bulldogs three times and VCU twice.

If you can beat two recent Cinderella stories like that, maybe it’s time for your own Cinderella story.

The path would be difficult, but the Billikens are a great team.  They have a great turnover margin, forcing on average 3.8 more turnovers than committed per game.  Look out for this solid team with great fundamentals to make a big push.



As a No. 5 seed, the Badgers actually have a shot at a trip to Atlanta.  They are in the same region as Gonzaga, who has yet to be truly tested, and Ohio State, who barely beat the Badgers in the Big Ten Championship.

Looking at the Badgers, you see that they have an impressive resume.  They were able to beat both Michigan and Indiana twice.  Their solid defense and ability to limit turnovers make them one of the most solid and complete teams in the country.

Watch out for Wisconsin, as it is capable of giving good teams fits with its style of play.  It is certainly possible that it could make it to the Final Four, and opposing teams need to look out for it.



Yeah, I just went there.

The Bluejays may only be a No. 7 seed, but their experience and offensive firepower make this a team to seriously look out for. 

Doug McDermott is the second-highest scorer in the NCAA, averaging 23.1 points per game while shooting 56.1 percent.  Combine that with his 49.7 percent for three-pointers, and you have a deadly shooter.

McDermott isn’t the only guy on this team that’s shooting well.  The entire team is shooting well, and the numbers show it.  The Bluejays lead the country in shooting from the field at 50.8 percent as well as from behind the arc, where they are shooting a blistering 42.1 percent.

A team with this kind of offensive efficiency can really beat just about anyone.

As far as No. 7 seeds go, this team has a real shot.  Expect some big games by McDermott and company, and look out for a potential upset over Duke.


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