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Jay Williams Releases His Final Four, National Champion For 2018 NCAA Tournament

Jay Williams breaks down the NCAA Tournament.

Jay Williams has already made his picks for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. He isn't going with one of the tournament favorites this year.

Former Duke star Jay Williams, who is now one of the top college basketball analysts at ESPN, has already made his picks for this year's NCAA Tournament. Williams isn't picking Virginia, Kansas, Villanova or Xavier either - in fact he's picking a 4-seed to win it all.

Williams is picking Arizona to come out of the South region. That means they'll knock off Kentucky and Virginia along the way.

He's got Gonzaga, last year's runner-up, coming out of the West region, which features No. 1 seed Xavier.

Williams has 1-seed Villanova and 3-seed Michigan State on the other side of his bracket. So his Final Four consists of Arizona, Gonzaga, Villanova and Michigan State.

So, who is Williams picking to win it all? He has Arizona knocking off Michigan State.

The Wildcats struggled early on in the season - losing three of their first six games. But by season's end, they'd amassed a 27-7 record, earning a Pac-12 regular season title and a Pac-12 Tournament title. They feature two of the best players in the country - Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier.

Only time will tell if Williams is right. The 2018 NCAA Tournament tips off Tuesday night.