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Computer Model Simulates NCAA Tournament, Reveals Likely Champion

michigan state and texas tech at halftime of the final four

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 06: A general view during the 2019 NCAA Final Four semifinal between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Michigan State Spartans at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The 2020 NCAA Tournament unfortunately will not be happening. Who would've won if it did, though?

Sportsline is here to help with that. The sports simulation model ran through every game of the 2020 NCAA Tournament using CBS' predicted 68-team bracket.

Kansas, Gonzaga, Dayton and Baylor had the No. 1 overall seeds in this projected bracket. Creighton, Villanova, San Diego State and Florida State had the No. 2 overall seeds.

Sportsline's projection had two No. 1 seeds making the Final Four along with a No. 2 seed and a No. 3 seed.

Final Four prediction

  • No. 1 Dayton vs. No. 3 Duke
  • No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Florida State

Ultimately, Sportsline had No. 1 Dayton beating No. 3 Duke and No. 1 Gonzaga beating No. 3 Florida State to reach the national championship game.

National title prediction

  • No. 1 Dayton over No. 1 Gonzaga, 79-78

That's right, Sportsline has Dayton cutting down the nets at the end of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Obi Toppin leads the way for the Flyers on the way to a national championship.

Who would you have picked to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament?

You can view Sportsline's complete predictions here.