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Jay Williams’ NCAA Tournament Prediction

Jay Williams breaks down the NCAA Tournament.

The 2018 NCAA Tournament is finally here and upsets are one of biggest reasons why we love March Madness...

One college basketball expert isn't going with a favorite to cut down the nets to the tune of "One Shining Moment" April 2nd in San Antonio.

Instead, Jay Williams is predicting a team that's had a turbulent season both on and off the court to capture the national title.

The former Duke star turned ESPN analyst is going with No. 4 Arizona emerging from the South region to win it all. Keep in mind, Williams has called the South by far the toughest region. The Wildcats will have to beat the likes of No. 5 Kentucky and No. 1 Virginia just to reach the Sweet 16.

He's also got No 4. Gonzaga, who fell to UNC in last year's championship game reaching the national semis. Meaning the Zags will have to upset Xavier, the top seed in the West region.

On the other side of his bracket, Williams has No. 1 seed Villanova and No. 3 seed Michigan State reaching the Final Four.

So, who is Williams picking to cut down the nets? He has Arizona knocking off Michigan State.

Arizona got off to a slow start this season, dropping three of their first six games. But the Wildcats finished with 27-7 record, good enough to capture both the Pac-12 regular season title and a Pac-12 Tournament title. It also doesn't hurt that Sean Miller's squad is led by Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier, who are considered two of the best players in the country.

Arizona begins its quest to claim the programs first title since 1997 Thursday night at 9:40 PM on CBS as the Wildcats take on Buffalo in the first round of the tournament.

See the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here.