Golden Nuggets: NCAA Tournament Predictions Have UNLV on Upset Alert

Allen Crabbe always takes the best photos. - USA TODAY Sports

Playing an hour from home against an opponent it nearly defeated earlier in the year, Cal is a popular upset pick in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The NCAA tournament begins today and the world has gone bracket-crazy. Here's a consensus on how Cal will fare in the tourney.

ESPN has a full suite of predictors

  • Decision Tree: Cal 43%, UNLV 57%
  • Power Ratings: Cal 37%, UNLV 63%
  • Similar Games Model: Cal 44%, UNLV 56%
  • Simulation Model: Cal 31%, UNLV 69%

The women's team isn't left out of the loop. ESPN has some thoughts on the Bears' chances:

This should be an eventful weekend.

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