Final Four/National Champion Predictions

Final Four/National Champion Predictions
By John Akers and Ken Davis, Special to Yahoo! Sports
March 13, 2006

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Final Four & National Championship
And the winner is... Villanova
Nova's four-guard offense proves unstoppable, upsetting favored Duke in the National Championship. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Duke over UCLA
Face it, Duke haters. You knew back in October that the season could end up with Duke in Indianapolis. Redick and Williams give the Devils a great one-two combination and they won't be satisfied until they reach the national championship game. (Davis)

Villanova over North Carolina
A rematch of last year's dramatic Sweet 16 matchup. In a perfect world, a clear-eyed Ray will deliver the winning points that were robbed from him by that controversial traveling call. (Akers)


Villanova over Duke
The Wildcats have endured many setbacks. The latest is the eye injury to Allan Ray. If Ray can return and contribute just a little, Villanova can win it all. Coach Jay Wright has always been able to adjust, and his four-guard lineup will be a problem for the Blue Devils. Wright is one of the bright young stars in coaching. It will all come together for the Wildcats on April 3 in Indy.

John Akers, the editor of Basketball Times, and Ken Davis, a longtime college basketball writer for the Hartford Courant, predicted the Final Four and national champion exclusively for Yahoo! Sports.

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Updated on Monday, Mar 13, 2006 4:07 am, EST

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