March Madness: Staff Final Four, Champion and Cinderella Picks

After days of research and writing, which teams are favorites according to the numberFire staff?

March Madness isn't just about the Cinderella stories and buzzer-beating shots. It's not just about watching to see if Kentucky can go undefeated, or if Arizona will get revenge against Wisconsin.

March Madness is also about bringing together friends -- even if they have no idea what a free throw is -- to fill out a bracket. It's about tracking your own picks, and rooting for teams you never thought you'd root for based on those picks.

By this point, the majority of you have filled out your own brackets. (Hopefully you have a sheet of integrity. If not, shame on you.) So have we.

Below you can find the Final Four picks for all numberFire employees and college basketball contributors, along with Cinderella picks (Cinderella choices had to be a double-digit seeded team). The team in bold is that person's projected champion.

Want to know who will surprise, who will bust out, and who will take the tournament? Check out our bracket picks, our game simulator, and more!

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Nik BonaddioCEO and FounderKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaDayton
Adam KaplanChief Operating OfficerKentuckyMichigan StateArizonaDukeDayton
Keith GoldnerChief AnalystKentuckyVillanovaArizonaIowa StateTexas
Sam HaussCommunity ManagerKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaBuffalo
JJ ZachariasonEditor-In-ChiefKentuckyOklahomaWisconsinUtahBuffalo
Amar RaoSoftware EngineerKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaTexas
Zach KempnerCommunications DirectorKentuckyOklahomaWisconsinIowa StateTexas
Payom DoustiSoftware EngineerKentuckyVirginiaArizonaDukeDavidson
Michael WorthingtonChief Technology OfficerKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaBuffalo
Chris RodriguezChief Marketing OfficerKentuckyVirginiaWisconsinDukeOle Miss
Brian McGladeiOS EngineerKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaTexas
Brandon GdulaAssociate EditorKentuckyVirginiaWisconsinIowa StateStephen F. Austin
Brett OswaltContributorKentuckyVirginiaArizonaGonzagaTexas
Stew BratcherContributorKentuckyVirginiaWisconsinIowa StateEastern Washington
Daniel LindseyContributorKentuckyMichigan StateWisconsinUtahIndiana
Matt GoodwinContributorKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaBuffalo
Bryan MearsContributorKentuckyVirginiaArizonaUtahTexas
Robert GarciaContributorKentuckyVillanovaArizonaGonzagaBuffalo

Of the 18 people, only three chose not to pick Kentucky as champion, opting for either Arizona or Wisconsin. However, every single Final Four involves Kentucky. Each Final Four, too, has either Wisconsin or Arizona, teams that rank second and third in our power rankings.

Things varied a little more in the East and South regions. The East saw two Michigan State Final Four picks, two Oklahoma selections and six Virginia picks. The rest went with the 1 seed, Villanova.

The South, perhaps the most up-for-grabs region in this year's tourney, saw four different teams represented as well -- 5-seeded Utah (selected three times), 3-seeded Iowa State (four), 2-seeded Gonzaga (eight) and 1-seeded Duke (three).

As for the Cinderella teams, there wasn't as much variety as you'd probably think. The most popular pick was Texas, who would (probably) need to knock of ACC Tournament champion Notre Dame to make it to the Sweet 16. Many, including yours truly, are on Buffalo, a team that would eventually lose to Kentucky prior to the Elite Eight.

Who's in your Final Four? Let us know in the comments section below!