March Madness: Beating the Brackets


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Kansas are just four of the 68 teams that will all be fighting to cut down those nets in April. While fans will be fighting to create the perfect bracket, here are some tips on how to choose the teams that will make it to the finals in March Madness.

UVA came out top last year, but choosing all the winners throughout the big dance is difficult, in fact, you have just a one in nine-point-two quintillion chance of being perfect.

So how do you choose? First, watch out for the upset. There are an average of twelve upsets a year, with the majority occurring in the first round and mostly ten seeded teams. Three seeds have an eighty-four percent chance of winning in the first round.

Also, do not put all your faith in number one seeds. Though they have made the final four 43 times in 26 years, the average sum of the final four has been 11. Finally, take the higher seed when you choose your champion. 63 percent of the last 35 champions have been the highest seed left.

Selection Sunday is on March 15 and the college basketball tournament begins on March 17. Baylor, Kansas, Duke, and Louisville are in the top eight and could be in the top two seeds in the four regions.


Contributor(s) to this news report include: Keon Broadnax, Writer and Robert Walko, Videographer and Editor.

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