The Leader picks: NCAA tourney champions

Listed below are the top overall seed in each region of the bracket, as well as a brief scouting report and a reason why The Leader staff believes they have the chance to win it all.

Villanova Wildcats - 31-3 - Big East - East Bracket

Scouting Report: Defending tournament champion, Villanova is led by 6’6” senior guard Josh Hart and sophomore guard Jalen Brunson. Hart leads the team with 18.9 points per game. The Wildcats also bring back senior forward Kris Jenkins, who made the famous game winning three pointer to win the championship last season.

Why Michelle Wrzensinski (copy editor) thinks they will win: They are the defending champions.

Kansas Jayhawks - 28-4 - Big 12 - Midwest Bracket

Scouting Report: 5’11” senior guard Frank Mason III leads the Jayhawks into the tournament averaging 20.8 points per game. Freshman guard Josh Jackson averages 16.4 points per game and hauls in 7.2 rebounds. The Jayhawks are three time NCAA Tournament champions, with their most recent title coming in 2008.

Why Victoria Martin (news editor) thinks they will win: They have the best uniform color of any number one seed.

North Carolina Tar Heels - 27-7 - ACC - South Bracket

Scouting Report: Entering the tournament fresh off of a loss to their rival Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina is led by junior forward Justin Jackson and junior guard Joel Berry II. Jackson paces the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game on the season, while Berry II is shooting 42 percent from three point range.

Why Kenneth Edison (managing editor) thinks they will win: Michael Jordan went to North Carolina.

Gonzaga Bulldogs - 32-1 - WCC - West Bracket

Scouting Report: 6’3” junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss leads the way for Gonzaga. Williams-Goss averages 16.9 points per game, 5.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Gonzaga is the only number one seed in this year’s tournament who has not won the NCAA Tournament in their history. The Bulldogs did manage to make their way into the Elite Eight back in 2015.

Why Cole Sheeks (sports editor) thinks they will win: They are the the number one seed with the most to prove.