How to do March Madness right
Although most of us need little reminding, last year, the Michigan Wolverines enjoyed a highly memorable run in the tournament. The fourth-seeded Wolverines made it all the way to the Final Four behind Wooden Award winner, Trey Burke, however, came up just short of winning it all by losing to the overall number one seeded, Louisville Cardinals. Michigan’s underdog storyline was only to be outdone by the story of Louisville's, Kevin Ware, who horrifically broke his leg earlier in the tournament. Currently, Michigan is projected to be a three seed for the 2014 Tournament by expert “Bracketologist,” Joe Lunardi.
With the opening of the new Buffalo Wild Wings in Ann Arbor, there is no doubt basketball fans that all of us basketball fans will be flocking to the restaurant to catch as many games as we can. While on the go, I like to watch the games on the NCAA March Madness Live app (but of course during class) as well as keep up with the results of my brackets on the apps that ESPN and CBS provide for the tournament.
A few of my personal tips for filling out a winning bracket are:
- Never pick a sixteen seed to win, they’re 0-116 all-time in the tournament.
- Don’t have all four one seeds in the Final Four, but have at least one.
- Pick a Cinderella team (twelve seed or worse) to make it to the Sweet Sixteen (like Florida Gulf Coast last year), but don’t take them any further. No team worse than a twelve seed has made it to the Elite Eight.
- Pick a team with blue as one of their main colors to go to the finals. For the past twelve years, at least one of the two teams have had blue on their jerseys.
During the tournament, I don’t mind the guy bragging to his friends about how they called the big upset in his bracket, but at the same time, I hate the guy who says: “I got that upset right in one of my brackets but not the other.” March Madness only comes around once a year, so live it up and compete with lots of friends, but do it within boundaries. If you are going to submit a bracket with various groups, such as those found on ESPN.com, CBS.com, or just with your friends on paper, submit the exact same bracket across the board. Be confident in your picks, and don’t deviate between groups; don’t be that one guy.
So whether you choose your winners based on their win percentage versus top 25 teams, or by the oddity of their mascot's name, just make sure you do fill out a bracket and join in on the madness of March.