Gary Parrish's Bracket
I've had Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in my CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 literally every day since last March, just days after the 2020 NCAA Tournament was abruptly canceled because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. At different times during this season, readers insisted I should switch Baylor to No. 1 or Michigan to No. 1. But I never wavered. And there's absolutely no reason for me to move off of the Zags now. They're No. 1 in offensive efficiency, No. 10 in defensive efficiency, and No. 4 in tempo. So they're great on both ends -- and they play really, really fast. That's tough for opponents to deal with. They also have two future NBA Draft lottery picks in Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert. That's also tough for opponents to deal with. So the bottom line is simple: the Zags are legit and a worthy favorite to win this event. They will be the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in 1976.