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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Final Four Predictions From SB Nation

SB Nation's Bill Connelly makes his predictions for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. You can join in by playing the Yahoo Tourney Pick'em.

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All the seeds, times and dates are set for the NCAA Tournament, which means that it's time to make your bracket and watch it quickly get busted. Every year, right?

SB Nation's Bill Connelly is here to help, with SB Nation's official Bracket Predictions. Don't worry, the guy's got credentials:

In college, I finished second in my bracket pool for three straight years, including once to my mother. So if you're looking for solid, competent picks with no killer instinct down the stretch, continue reading!

It's not a particularly upset filled bracket -- a stark contrast to what the tournament has actually been producing in real life the past few years -- but it's got some interesting selections, like Syracuse being knocked out in only the second round by Kansas State and North Carolina losing to Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen.

Bill is very high on Baylor in his predictions, which makes sense as they are a very talented three seed, but it's bad news for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Rabbits are the first round opponent of the Bears and are unsurprisingly shoved off in the first round by the Baylor team that Bill has going all the way to the Elite Eight where they're knocked off by Kentucky.

Kentucky are, of course, in Bill's final four along with Missouri, Kansas and Florida State. Kentucky and Kansas meet for the title and the Wildcats take the trophy home in this particular prediction.

For more coverage of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, visit SB Nation Minnesota's StoryStream. Here's the full 2012 NCAA bracket.

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