Everyone and their mother has filled out a bracket, and everyone has a different strategy. Whether you autofill, flip a coin or even spend hours researching, there’s no wrong way to fill out your bracket. And if you want to look like the genius of your tournament challenge, you should follow these few tips while filling out your bracket.
1.) Don’t Pick Kansas
Everyone knows Kansas is historically good at basketball. Wilt Chamberlin, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Joel Embiid and Mario Chalmers are just a few names that come to mind. Not this team. This team cannot win on the road, and every game is a road game in March. The Jayhawks are 3-8 on the road this year and have lost by double digits in four of those games. Not only can they not win on the road, but they’re also banged up. Star players Legerald Vick and Udoka Azubuike are out for the year and they’ve struggled without them. Avoid Kansas at all costs.
Today's @AP_Top25 poll marks the 𝟮𝟬𝟬𝘁𝗵 straight week we have been nationally ranked.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 18, 2019
2.) Pick a 12 Seed
If you haven’t heard it before, 12 seeds do really well in the tournament. Since 2000, five seeds have only gone undefeated four times in the first round. Also, on four of those occasions, three 12 seeds moved on to the second round. Oregon might seem like the best chance to pull off the upset, but I’d stay away from them. Wisconsin has a lot of veterans in their lineup, and won’t be flustered under the bright lights. If you’re looking for a 12 seed to pick, go with Liberty or even Murray State.
That Selection Sunday feeling… pic.twitter.com/6kXmBeTGJW
— Liberty Men’s Basketball (@LibertyMBB) March 17, 2019
Also, if this video doesn’t make you pick Liberty, I don’t know what will.
3.) Upper Classmen Win Championships
Only three players have been the Most Oustanding Player of the Tournament award winner as freshmen. Two of those three players are on pace to make it into the Hall of Fame (Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis). Roll with teams like UNC, Virginia, Tennesse, and Michigan to make the trip to Minneapolis for the Final Four.
If these tips help you win your March Madness group, I take cash, card, and check for payment.