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March Madness bracket predictions

Updated: March 17, 2010, 6:12 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The field is set: 65 teams ready to compete and cut down the nets in Indianapolis, baby!

It wasn't a surprise to see Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke get the four No. 1 seeds. Nor was it shocking when the Big East and Big 12 earned eight and seven bids, respectively.

But now, my friends, the fun really starts. When I break it down, I feel that the cream will rise to the top. In other words, I think the majority of the top seeds will make it to the Sweet 16.

You can check out my full bracket here.

MIDWEST

Sweet 16: Kansas vs. Michigan State, Georgetown vs. Ohio State

Regional finals: Kansas vs. Georgetown

Regional winner: Kansas

WEST

Sweet 16: Syracuse vs. Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas State

Regional finals: Syracuse vs. Kansas State

Regional winner: Kansas State

EAST

Sweet 16: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin, Marquette vs. West Virginia

Regional finals: Kentucky vs. West Virginia

Regional winner: Kentucky

SOUTH

Sweet 16: Duke vs. Texas A&M, Notre Dame vs. Villanova

Regional finals: Duke vs. Villanova

Regional winner: Villanova

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FINAL FOUR: Kansas vs. Kentucky


NATIONAL CHAMPION: Kentucky

Talent is a key factor and I truly believe that the talented tandem of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will accomplish the same feat as Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara for Syracuse in 2003. People question Kentucky's experience, but I'm going with them all the way, baby!

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.