Skip to main content

ESPN's Early Predictions For Saturday's 2nd Round Games

ESPN's college basketball logo.


One half of the 2018 NCAA Tournament's second round is set.

You can view the full schedule for Saturday's games here.

We have several major matchups taking place, including Duke-Rhode Island, Kentucky-Buffalo and Ohio State-Gonzaga, among others. We can't wait.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has released early predictions for the games.

Here's who the BPI likes to win each game:

No. 1 Villanova over No. 9 Alabama

Chance to win: 93.2 percent

No. 2 Duke over No. 7 Rhode Island

Chance to win: 84.9 percent

No. 5 Kentucky over No. 13 Buffalo

Chance to win: 75.7 percent

No. 3 Tennessee over No. 11 Loyola

Chance to win: 75.2 percent

No. 1 Kansas over No. 8 Seton Hall

Chance to win: 75.7 percent

No. 4 Gonzaga over No. 5 Ohio State

Chance to win: 64.3 percent

No. 3 Texas Tech over No. 6 Florida

Chance to win: 65.2 percent

No. 3 Michigan over No. 6 Houston

Chance to win: 57 percent


You can view ESPN's full predictions for the upcoming NCAA Tournament games here.