Your Guide To March Madness

Your Guide To March Madness

Tip #1: Let’s Dance

As we enter Championship Week, leading into this season’s even less predictable March Madness, a handful of teams on the bubble may have already had their hopes burst. Whose stock dropped and rose for an invitation to the Big Dance this Selection Sunday? Among them are the California Golden Bears, the Illinois State Redbirds and Fighting Illinis of Illinois; whereas, the stock ticked up for Northwestern’s Wildcats (NEVER having danced at this party), the Rhode Island Rams and the Vanderbilt Commodores. These are among 36 men’s basketball teams that do not earn automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments, leading to hours of debate among the most seasoned “bracketologists,” on whom we place our hopes and frustrations. In fact, this grouping has strong odds of winning this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, given the fact that since the 1985 field expansion, 16 Champions did not win their conference championship that same year. So today’s tip is to throw caution to the wind, and complete your brackets by your own unique system of choosing. Was it the unforgettable upset of a decade ago, the late run of a Cinderella in years past, or the spite of an ex’s favorite team that drives your choices? After all, your odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 2.4 trillion.

Tip #2: Round and Round We Go

Know just enough to keep you in the game.

The chatter will escalate with each day that marches towards this {Selection} Sunday and the men’s National Championship game on Monday, April 3, in Phoenix, AZ. You don’t need to always pass on conversations, but can take an occasional shot at joining in. Here are a few less common facts to tip off your colleagues:

  1. Which team won the very first NCAA men’s basketball championship? The Oregon Ducks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1939.
  2. Which was the lowest seeded team to ever win it all? No. 8 seeded Villanova defeated Georgetown in 1985
  3. Has a No. 16 seed ever upset a No. 1 seed? No
  4. An estimated 70+ million brackets will be completed with the odds of 1 in 2.4 trillion being perfect!
  5. Lastly, get familiar with the rounds of Sweet 16, Elite 8 and Final 4, because that’s when the heat rises and Cinderella often loses her slipper

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