Your Team Is Not Going To Win
The ACC Always Gets The Magic Rub
Because of their rumored dominance, the officials nearly always give the benefit of the doubt to teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
If you can't decide between two teams, go with the ACC, they tend to get all the breaks from the officials.
For example, Wake Forrest, despite having a terrible year. made it into The Big Dance.
Why? Because former champs UNC Tarheels had a WORSE year. I'm sure someone said "We can't have BOTH of these teams excluded."
... Voila! Wake Forrest gets an invitation.
When In Doubt Pick The Red State Team
#1's Aren't Infallible
Just because they are ranked #1 doesn't mean they play like that during the tourney.
In fact, most years at least one #1 seed chokes too soon.
This usually happens in the Sweet 16 and folks like Dick Vitale lose their marbles (which is awesome to watch).
Also all four #1 seeds RARELY make it into the Final Four. It's awesome when they go down.
Dick Vitale Is An Idiot
Do not get yourself confused by the mad ramblings of Dick Vitale.
While he is a big personality with some catch phrases once considered clever, he tends to fall in love.
Yes, he falls in love with a couple of teams every year and can't let them go even after they have lost. Keep your head in the game, your picks are as good as anyone else's.
A #12 Always Eliminates A #5
A #9 Always Takes Out A #8
Find a Cinderella
A #16 Never Beat A #1
Picking A Mascot IS A Strategy
When you are in a bind, pick the mascot (or team colors) you like best.
This is not a very scientific way to go, but someone always picks an upset this way.
Bottom Line: it works as well as anything else. When you win, everyone in the office will hate you. Because you're awesome.
If an ex went to a certain school, sure, knock 'em out. There is NO right way to pick basketball.