He may be a Tennessee native, but Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts seems to believe another team will cut down the nets in the NCAA Tournament — the Duke Blue Devils.
With Duke on a hot streak, and star forward Zion Williamson’s recent return from a knee injury, it should come as no surprise that the right fielder selected the No. 1 seed to take home the national title. In an interview posted by the NCAA March Madness page on Twitter, Williamson told critics that he has no intentions of quitting college hoops, with the goal of winning an NCAA Championship in mind.
But Betts still has faith in his hometown team, predicting the No. 2 Volunteers will defeat the likes of No. 6 Villanova and No. 1 Virginia before succumbing to Duke in the title game.
Betts was born in Nashville and was committed to play for the Volunteers before signing a professional contract with the Red Sox out of high school.
While he favored his local team to make it to the finals, his selections did not come without a few upsets. The American League MVP predicted No. 10 Florida will top No. 2 Michigan in the second round before taking down No. 3 LSU in the Sweet 16.
Betts seems to believe No. 10 Minnesota could complete a few upsets as well, projecting victories against No. 2 Michigan State in the Round of 32 and No. 3 Houston in the Sweet 16.
But as fans undoubtedly know, anything can happen during March Madness.
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