Seth Davis' March Madness predictions

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (33) dunks in front of Kansas State guard Angel Rodriguez (13) and forward Nino Williams (11) and Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., March 9, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-70. AP Photo

(CBS News) Tomorrow is Selection Sunday, where the field of 68 is set for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, otherwise known as March Madness, and soon everyone will be filling out their brackets.

As always, there are intense predictions on who will make it to the Final Four, what players to watch, and which Cinderella teams to pay attention to. It comes to no surprise that you can't always pick the winner from statistics, but it can be a better strategy than picking based on mascots.

"I'll admit that coming into today I'd have Duke and Tennessee on this list. They both lost yesterday, and I thought maybe we should switch that up, but my four teams to watch out for are, first of all, Gonzaga," said CBS Sports analyst Seth Davis. "We thought of them as Cinderella, but they're actually the number-one-ranked team in both the AP, which is the writer's poll, and the coach's poll."

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Davis also suggested that Louisville, based on its recent performance, was a good contender to make it to the Final Four.

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Not only do the best teams come out of the woodwork during March Madness, but many college players make their biggest impression during this time.

"If you recall last year, Kentucky won the championship with a lot of freshmen, and nationally the freshman class is not as strong as it was last year, but I do have two freshmen on this list. One of them plays, they both actually play in the Big 12 Conference. Marcus Smart, is a freshman point guard at Oklahoma State. Super tough kid. They lost yesterday to Kansas State, but I think he's the best overall player in America," said Davis. "And then Dan McLemore, wears number 23, which might be a familiar number to basketball fans, and rightly so. He's a dynamic scorer. He might be a number-one pick in the NBA draft."

The March Madness selection show airs on CBS Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

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