Are you able to help me with my March Madness?
March 16, 2015 10:00 AM   Subscribe

You are not in my pool (YANIMP). Please help me with my bracket.

Typically I pick the higher rated seed, a couple of 5-12 and 7-10 upsets, and I have the 1 or 2 seed in each division heading to the Final Four. I haven’t really won a lot with this strategy. I also have a problem with picking teams that I want to win versus teams that are likely to win.

I’m only a casual NCAA mens college basketball fan, so I would appreciate any insight that someone more into college hoops might have into this year’s tournament. Who’s this year’s Cinderella story?

Thanks for any advice you might have.
posted by Rob Rockets to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Starting here and adjusting according to your favored long shots or close-to-even breaks isn't a bad way to go.
posted by craven_morhead at 10:02 AM on March 16, 2015 [2 favorites]

I would pick at least one team outside the 1 or 2 seed to advance to the Final Four.
posted by lyssabee at 10:35 AM on March 16, 2015

Best answer: This is all, of course, my opinion, so YMMV, but:

Kentucky has a very easy run to the FF and probably to the finals. They're undefeated for a reason but it's not because they are unbeatable. (SOS)

Duke is not as strong as they are ranked, so they're probably not going to go very far (EE). The Zags are way better than Duke is. Georgetown, Maryland and SMU are also overrated. UCLA probably shouldn't be in the tournament. Notre Dame is a very good team this year but they're in a tough region.

Michigan State vs Virginia is going to be a battle, and UVA lost to MSU last year in the tournament.

And it can't hurt to check out 538.
posted by Flamingo at 11:03 AM on March 16, 2015

Profs' Picks is another very good place to study.
posted by davidvanb at 11:09 AM on March 16, 2015

Kenpom is also an excellent resource.
posted by Flamingo at 12:09 PM on March 16, 2015

I couldn't tell you the difference between basketball and hockey but 538 has won me a few office bracket pools.
posted by munchingzombie at 7:33 PM on March 16, 2015

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