Atlantic Sports Roundtable: NCAA bracket madness
Patrick Hruby: March Madness defies March Methodology; college basketball knowledge is inversely proportional to bracket-picking proficiency; year after bitter year, the guy in your office who likes Butler because, you know, he has a bulldog calendar on his desk, and really, aren't they just adorable? walks away with your $20 entrance fee ... as such, I have a suggestion. A plea, really. Bracket America, stop trying so hard. Unlearn what you have learned. Don't pretend to be a bracket wiseguy.
Jake Simpson: Since I routinely lose to people with little to no sports knowledge every year, I can only offer a best guess for beating the bracket: Pick chalk, along with one or two sleeper picks. Unless we get a repeat of the mechanical 2007 Big Dance (Elite Eight of four one seeds, three two seeds and a three seed) there will be at least one bracket where a mid-level seed makes a run and even reaches the Final Four.
Hampton Stevens: ... don't pick any Big Ten team not coached by Tom Izzo. Self-explanatory, really. You can count on whatever lumbering, low-scoring club comes from Wisconsin or Ohio State to take a tumble early, but not Michigan State. Unranked at the start of the the season, Tom Izzo's mighty Spartans won themselves a No. 1 seed in the West, and tip off Friday afternoon against cute, little Long Island University-Brooklyn. Three times, Tom T-to-the Izzo's club has gone into the tournament as a top-seed. Three times, the Spartans have made the Final Four.
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