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Your 2015 March Madness Bracket Tips

March 09, 2015

 

March Madness is almost here! Here are some tips to help you dominate March Madness this year with a better bracket.

Here are our March Madness Bracket Tips:
  1. Seeds total: If you total the number of the seeds in your Final Four, shoot for single digits or the low teens. Only seven times has the total exceeded 14. 2014 was one of those years when Florida (1), Connecticut (7), Wisconsin (2) and Kentucky (8) added up to 18.
  2. #1 for a reason: Since seeding began in 1979, there have been three years when a No. 1 failed to make the Final Four. But there has been only one year (2008) when all four No. 1s made it.
  3. The middle: No team with a .500 record has won a tournament game.
  4. The undefeated: An undefeated team has not won the title since Indiana in 1976. In that time, a team with two losses has won seven titles.
  5. Round 1: Only the No. 8 seed has a losing record as the better seed in the first round since 1985. The seed has a .483 winning percentage. If you are looking for a bigger upset, the No. 5 beats the No. 12 just 65% of the time.
  6. Big numbers: North Carolina has made the most Sweet 16s (25), followed by Duke (23) and Kentucky (23), Kansas (20) and Louisville (20), and Syracuse (18). Florida has (10) and Villanova has (9).
  7. Top Seeds: The only seeds to win titles are Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8. Three No. 11 seeds have made the Final Four, but a 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16 has never been there.
  8. Three-Pointers: Since 1987, only six teams have shot less than 35% on three-pointers and won the title. However, Louisville did it in 2013 (33.3%).
*Source: USA TODAY


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