ESPN analyst and former Duke star Jay Bilas is getting in on the preseason predictions with other analysts at the network and he certainly has one of the more sensible predictions for this season’s Final Four. He has Arizona, Duke, Kansas and Michigan State making it to the last weekend of March Madness with the Spartans winning it all.
All of those teams should be great as they brought in fantastic freshman recruiting classes and have the right amount of returning contributors that will keep the freshmen in line when the big moments come during the season and in March.
Duke brought in the top ranked recruiting class this year, according to ESPN. That includes top ranked recruit Marvin Bagley III as well as a slew of other five-star players and the Blue Devils bring back Grayson Allen as their unquestioned leader. Arizona brought in a legit 7-footer in DeAndre Ayton and have a star backcourt in Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins.
Michigan State staged the coup of the year by bringing back Miles Bridges, who was a projected top-10 pick last year and brought in five-star recruit Jaren Jackson Jr. Kansas will undoubtedly win the Big 12 this year behind upperclassmen leadership from Devonte’ Graham and others. They also got the addition of big man Billy Preston in the two-man recruiting class this year.