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March Madness 2021 Bracket Predictions

by Vaughn Dalzell
Updated On: March 18, 2021, 9:51 am ET

The NBC Sports Edge staff reveals their 2021 NCAA March Madness Brackets and Predictions. Vaughn Dalzell, Sara Perlman, Drew Dinsick and Corey Parson share their picks, predictions and brackets here. You can watch NBC Sports Edge's show, "Brackets and Bets" on YouTube for a more in-depth breakdown of the bracket.


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Let's start with Corey Parson's bracket.

Corey claims the NCAA Tournament should rename to the "Gonzaga Invitational" this season and his bracket backs that up. You may think it's chalky, but he'll tell you there is nothing wrong with that when it comes down to the end of March.

Corey Parson's Bracket
Corey Parson's Bracket

Corey's Final Four: (1) Gonzaga vs (2) Alabama and (1) Baylor vs (1) Illinois 

Corey's Championship: (1) Gonzaga vs (1) Baylor

Corey's Champion: (1) Gonzaga


Next up is Sara Perlman's bracket.

She has Gonzaga in her final as well, but not winning it. Instead she is taking a team that is receiving a lot of attention over at PointsBet - the Illinois Fighting Illini. Sara's Elite Eight mixes it up and features a few surprise teams making a deep run at the title.

Sara Perlman Bracket

Sara's Final Four: (1) Gonzaga vs (3) Texas and (1) Illinois vs (4) Purdue

Sara's Championship: (1) Gonzaga vs (1) Illinois 

Sara's NCAA Champion: (1) Illinois



Next up is Drew Dinsick's bracket.

If you like the UConn Huskies, Drew is your man. He has UConn making a Final Four run to remember, capping it off with a victory over Gonzaga and a loss to the eventual champion, Baylor Bears. If you like upsets, check out Drew's East and South Regions!

Drew Disnick Bracket

Drew's Final Four: (1) Gonzaga vs (7) UConn and (1) Baylor vs (2) Houston

Drew's Championship: (7) UConn vs (1) Baylor 

Drew's NCAA Champion: (1) Baylor


Last but not least, Vaughn Dalzell's bracket.

Vaughn's bracket features a Final Four run from both Texas and Arkansas, with surprise Sweet 16 appearances from Ohio and Rutgers. Just like Corey's bracket, Vaughn has Gonzaga holding the trophy after an undefeated season.

Vaughn Dalzell's Bracket

Vaughn's Final Four: (1) Gonzaga vs (3) Texas and (1) Illinois vs (3) Arkansas

Vaughn's Championship: (1) Gonzaga vs (1) Illinois 

Vaughn's NCAA Champion: (1) Gonzaga


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Vaughn Dalzell

Vaughn Dalzell is a former Division I SID, two-time IUP Alumnus and former contributor for numberFire, FantasyPros and Bet The Prop. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight @VmoneySports.