1. Always prepare for upsets- Every tournament there are huge upsets. In the last two years the #2 seeds have lost in the Round of 64 (Georgetown and Duke, respectively). Our first five games had three upsets! Prepare for upsets!
2. Look for Cinderellas- With huge upsets, come huge Cinderella stories. Last year Florida Gulf Coast (15) has made it to the Sweet Sixteen. The year before that a number #13 Ohio made it to the Sweet Sixteen. The bracket busters have tendency to be the Cinderellas.
3. Have a #1 in your Final Four- The highest seeds are the highest seeds because they are good teams. In the last 34 tournaments, 29 of them had a #1 seed in the Final Four. 18 tournaments have had two #1 seeds. Number ones are number ones for a reason. Personally I wouldn’t choose Arizona. They’ve had a history of falling early.
4. Don’t second-guess yourself- Remember in school when they told you that on a multiple choice test that your first answer is usually correct? That rule never stays in school. If you second-guess yourself in life, it’s harder to progress. If you constantly second-guess yourself on a bracket, then you’re finished before you started. You can think about your decision; you just have to be sure on it.
5. Don’t pick a college for dumb reasons- If you want to get far in your NCAA bracket, then know somewhat of a background for the teams in the tournament. Don’t pick a team because you like the college more, or would prefer to live in that area, or because your friend has gone there. You should have a bit of background knowledge before you make your choices.
4 games into the tournament and ESPN has reported that there were less than 6% of perfect brackets.
After 8 games, that number has fallen to 3%. I still have a perfect bracket in 8 games and if Saint Joseph’s wins this game on now, then I will have 9 perfect picks. Learn from the past, history repeats itself.