You might be better off than trying to get it all right .... here's why.
March Madness will officially get underway on Sunday, March 11. That’s when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will reveal which 68 teams have made the field for the basketball championships. At that point, you can start filling out your March Madness bracket.
But the question is how?
Rick Ray, Southeast Missouri State’s Head Basketball Coach, says chances are good your bracket will bust at one point or another.
A 10 seed has perfectly good chance of beating a 6 seed team.
Ray says filling out a “near perfect” bracket ultimately comes down to luck.
These days every statistic, result or trend can be accessed in a click or two. The chances of a No. 1 seed losing to a No. 16 seed is slim to none. In fact, of the 168 times a No. 1 and No. 16 have met in the tourney, a No. 1 has won every time. It’d be silly not to carry at least one No. 1 seed to the Final Four. But all four making it actually isn’t likely. That hasn’t happened since 2008. You can technically research every aspect, and fill out your bracket that way.
But if you don’t have the time, or don’t know a lick about basketball, you can still fill out a bracket using a nonsensical way.
Here are some of our favorite ways to fill out your bracket.
- The mascot method – If the two mascots fought, which would come out alive?
- Proximity method – It’s simple: whoever is playing closest to their home court wins.
- Flip a coin – Heads the higher seed wins, tails the lower seed wins.
- The school colors method – Pick who wins based on your favorite colors. Blue is usually a good choice: Lots of good teams wear blue.
- U.S. News and World Reports Rankings: Pick who wins strictly based on which one is rated higher according to academic rankings.
Realize now, you won’t get it perfect no matter how you fill it out. The odds of filling out a perfect March Madness bracket, according to statisticians, is just one in 9.2 quintillion.