Tips and Tricks for Building the Perfect Bracket

2016 March Madness Bracket

2016 March Madness Bracket

Travis Stedman, Journalist

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It is March, and with that comes March Madness. It is time to fill out those brackets and try to choose the national champion. I am here to help, I will be giving you tips to choose the upsets and fill out the perfect bracket.

  1.  Pick at least one 12 seed to beat a 5 seed

The 12 seed beating the 5 seed is the most common upset in the brackets history, three of the last twenty-nine years has a 12 seed not beat a 5 seed. This year’s 12 vs 5 matchups are No.5 Maryland vs. No.12 South Dakota State, No.5 Baylor vs. No.12 Yale, No.5 Indiana vs. No.12 Chattanooga, and No.5 Purdue vs. Arkansas-Little-Rock. There is a good chance all 5 seeds fall this year. South Dakota State has 4 senior starters and has made the bracket three of the last four years, it is not there first rodeo. Yale can shoot the lights out of the building, and all it takes is one good shooting day and any team can win. Indiana could be the coldest of the 5 seeds as they lost in their first game of their conference tournament against an No.11 seed Michigan. Lastly, Arkansas-Little-Rock may have one of the most talented players with the name of Josh Haggins who can carry the trojans far this postseason.

  1. Take a look at the 13 seeds Iona and Hawaii

Iona and Hawaii could make a splash this year. Iona has one of the best scorers next to Buddy Hield, in A.J. English. He is averaging 22.4 points per game(ppg) and 6.2 assists per game(apg). Just like Buddy carried Oklahoma, A.J. could carry Iona to a surprising tournament run. Also Iona is playing Iowa State in Denver, Colorado. Iowa State likes to get up and down the floor but the altitude may mess up the rhythm of Iowa State. Hawaii is good overall team that can share the ball well ranking 38th in the country in assists and also can defend well ranking 50th in points allowed. Hawaii is playing California who is a young team that many of their players are playing in their first tournament. This game could come down to the inexperience of California and their inability to hold onto the ball.

  1. Trust the No. 1 seeds

The No. 1 seeds have never lost in the first round with a combined overall record of 124 wins and 0 losses, they also have put up a record of 107 wins and 17 losses in the round of 32. One of the biggest numbers that should stand out is that a No.1 seed has won the national championship seven out of the last nine years. Two of the most promising one seeds in this year’s bracket is North Carolina and Kansas, and it would be hard to bet against either of them to make a deep run or even win it all. On the other hand Oregon was a surprise one seed and I am not fully convinced on them making out of their region especially with teams such as Duke, Oklahoma and sleeper picks such as Northern Iowa and Yale. The last one seed, Virginia, could have potential tough games against No.5 Purdue, No.12 Arkansas-Little-Rock, and No.2 Michigan State

  1. Been there done that

Many championship teams usually have one common factor… experience. Whether if its players who are experienced or the coaches. Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State and Duke have both. All of those programs have coaches who have been in the league for a long time and have each won at least one national championship and several final four appearances. Each one of those coaches ahs a group of upperclassmen leading their respective teams this year. Experienced players  +  a coach who has won the tournament before = success and a safe pick

     5. Be random

Every year there is a upset that nobody sees coming. One thing you can do is ask somebody who knows nothing about the teams to add that random factor. There is a chance that the randomness may be able to get you over the top. If you are torn between two teams go and ask someone who doesn’t know anything about the bracket, because they will not second guess themselves.

Hopefully these tips will help you have a successful March and maybe…maybe pick the perfect bracket







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