Covers' Bracket Predictions: Expert March Madness Bracket Picks for 2024

Covers' bracket predictors are eyeing UConn and Arizona to run through the Big Dance.

Mar 21, 2024 • 08:32 ET • 4 min read
Connecticut Huskies players celebrate after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs in the national championship game of the 2023 NCAA Tournament at NRG Stadium.
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There's nothing like March Madness. The 2024 NCAA Tournament is a time-honored way to usher in the spring season, which means basketball fans and bettors will be busy out their March Madness brackets.

With only a few hours left to lock in your picks, our bracket predictors have over March Madness odds to make their NCAA Tournament picks, so you don't have to. 

You can use our filled-in staff picks to identify which upsets to target, help decide between the matchups that appear to be a coin toss, and help shape your Final Four as you fill in our printable March Madness bracket for 2024. You can also copy it entirely and submit it to your bracket contest—just be sure to give us a shout-out when you win some money. 

Covers staff March Madness bracket predictions

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UConn wins a chalky bracket

By Jason Logan

Upsets are for dreamers. Don't balk on taking the chalk.

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Arizona to win

By Rohit Ponnaiya

Home-court advantage is massive in college basketball, and where these neutral-site games take place will make a big difference in this tourney. Top-seeded Houston and Texas Tech will benefit from playing in Dallas during the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, while No. 2 seed Arizona gets to play in-state if they make the Final Four. I have UConn getting through a chalky field in the East, and since there's always at least one team outside a Top-2 seed that wins its region, I'm backing an experienced and balanced Creighton squad to get through the Midwest, which has the annual March Madness chokers Purdue and Tennessee entering as the top 2 seeds.

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UConn wins again

By Douglas Farmer

Multiple indicators foreshadow strong March Madness teams. Historically, even a preseason ranking should be considered when zeroing in on your bracket's finalists. But the most important and obvious indicator is recent success. How have you played against worthwhile competition in the last month?

In that thought process, Connecticut and Creighton are two of the top three teams in the country. Nebraska is No. 6, partly evidenced by going 7-2 ATS since Feb. 10, and if not for fatigue in Saturday's Big Ten semifinals, that would have been an emphatic 8-1. The Cornhuskers topping Houston in the second round would still be an upset, but not nearly as much of one as you may think.

Trusting the teams that surged in the last month of the year emphasizes the most pertinent yet sizable subset of the season. But, of course, let's also trust the defending national champions since they are somehow better this year.

More March Madness picks

Want more smart tournament picks? Our March Madness picks hub details every tournament game, the best odds for the matchups, and links to analysis for every round. Our process will go like this. Our betting analysts — one for each region — make picks on every single game of the tournament.

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