The NCAA Tournament is nearly upon us and we now have a schedule, but how do you go about selecting the perfect bracket? Let HollywoodLife.com help with 5 tips you need to consider before all the action begins!
March Madness has landed and the NCAA Tournament bracket is in! But what parameters do you need to consider before you make your bold predictions? HollywoodLife.com has devised this step-by-step guide to help you on your way. Click down for some useful tips!
1. Stay with the favorites.
There’s a basic science behind this, and they are the top seeds for a reason. Don’t look too desperately for that Cinderella team and stick with what you know. Of the teams with a 10 or higher seed, only two have won more than 4 games in the NCAA Tournament. And only four teams have won 3 games, seeded up to 12.
2. Study the form guide for weaker teams in the out of conference games.
This could be how you DO select your Cinderella team. When there’s a match-up featuring a top seed against a supposed weaker team, look at their record in the out of conference games they play at the beginning of the season. That’ll give you a rough idea of how strong the team is, say they lose a game narrowly, it could be a good indicator for their future ahead.
3. A seed stat omen for teams ranked 10, 11, and 12.
Here’s a consideration you should definitely factor into your bracket selection. 76% of NCAA Tournament upsets are done by the 10, 11 and 12 seeded teams. Astonishingly, the number 12 seed is responsible for 27% of those alone! Put your money on 12!
4. Thinking about the lowly ranked teams and their scoring success.
Believe it or not, one third of the teams ranked lowly in the NCAA Tournament that win their first round often have better offenses than you think. In fact, they are often ranked within the top 30 offensively in the competition, with a staggering 55% ranked inside the top 50.
5. Every winner in the past 14 years has been ranked within the top 8 seeds.
In 14 years of the NCAA Tournament, the winner has normally come from the 1, 2, and 3 seeds. Only once was there an exception to this rule, and that was Connecticut that were ranked 7. No one outside the top 25 has ever won the tournament.
HollywoodLifers, who do you think will win the NCAA Tournament? Better still, can you predict the Cinderella team? Let us know below!