NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia emerges as the only DMV school with odds to win it all

NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia emerges as the only DMV school with odds to win it all

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Earlier this week, FiveThirtyEight released their probabilities and simulations at who was going to win the 2017 Men's D1 NCAA Tournament and it was not too kind to D.C., Maryland, and Virginia schools in the big dance.

Only the Virginia Cavaliers have above a one percent chance to bring home the national title, and allbeit was only two percent. 

Favorites to win it all were no surprise the No. 1 seeds; Villanova (15 percent), Gonzaga (14 percent), Kansas (10 percent), and North Carolina (seven percent). Kentucky is the highest seed to win it all at eight percent with Duke right behind at seven percent, both teams are No. 2 seeds. 

Both Virginia (72 percent) and Maryland (51 percent) are favorites to win their first round games against North Carolina-Wilmington and Xavier respectivelly.  VCU (26 percent), Virginia Tech (21 percent) Mount St. Mary's (1 percent) are all predicted to lose in their first game. Only Virginia has greater than one percent chance to make the Final Four as well (eight percent).

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Odds to win the NCAA Tournament:

Virginia: 2 percent 

Virginia Tech: <1 percent

VCU: <1 percent

Maryland: <1 percent

Mount St. Mary's: <1 percent

Odds will be updated live as the action moves on throughout the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Follow along at FiveThirtyEight's website

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.