4 bracket hacks to get you back in the game

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Ladies, March Madness season is upon us once again. If you have ever done a March Madness bracket, you know it’s a great way to get involved in one of the most popular sport series the year has to offer. You get to follow your favorite teams and join in on the nationwide discussion of college basketball. And hey, you might even win some cash!

As the only guy in the office, I have been tasked with giving a few short tips to get you all involved in March Madness. I have been following the tournaments for years now, but if you’re anything like I was, the idea of March Madness brackets can be a bit overwhelming. But no worries! Here are a few quick and easy tips to kick start your March Madness bracket!

Never Choose All Number One Seeds for the Final Four

As appealing as it may look to choose all the top teams in the nation to make it to the Final Four, it will most likely ruin your bracket. In the history of the college basketball national championship, there has only been ONE year where the Final Four consisted of four number one seeds. It’s just not going to happen, so don’t do it!

Pick a 15 Seed

As you will hear in the days and weeks leading up to the tournament, a No. 16 seed beating a No. 1 seed is rare. In fact, last year was the first year a No. 16 seed (UMBC) has ever beaten a No. 1 seed (Virginia). There is a good chance that this recent trend will not continue this year. No. 2 seeds on the other hand, are not as safe. Since 2012, there have been four upsets in which a No. 15 seed has knocked out a No. 2. It seems to be a fast-growing development, so I’d roll the dice on what’s trending.

Pick Your Favorite 5/12 Upset

Similar to the tip above, there has been a recent trend in which a No. 5 seed is knocked out of the tourney by a No. 12 seed. If you make this correct pick, you’ll really increase your chances of taking home that pool you have with your friends and family. Just for reference, a No. 12 seed has one at least one game each of the last 10 years. It’s almost for sure that it will happen again, so pick your favorite No. 12 seed and roll with them!

When Choosing Your Champion, Stick with the Best Teams

While I encourage everyone to pick a few of their favorite low seed to win a game or two and stage an upset, if your trying to pick the national champion (which is the main goal) I suggest sticking with the best teams. It’s definitely a good idea to have some variation within your final four, its best to pick your favorite top NCAA team. Over the last 26 years, 18 of the National Championship winners have come into the tournament as a No. 1 seed.

When it comes to March Madness, there is no wrong way to play. Pick your favorite teams, learn some strategy, and follow the journey of these amazing young athletes. This is a great event to enjoy with your friends and family and will most likely become a tradition if it has not already. I encourage everyone to take these simple tips and run with them. And with a little bit of luck, you could be the next winner!

Make sure to get your brackets in by March 21st! As for me, I’m rolling with my Spartans all the way!

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