So you want to take part in the non-sanctioned office NCAA March Madness 2019 Bracket pool, but you don't know anything about it? Don't be intimidated by the jocks in the office who spew forth knowledge about the Jordan vs. Ewing rivalry. Picking a perfect bracket is almost impossible. While predicting the schools that will make the Final Four, fans usually look at seeds, past performances, or even advanced stats when in fact, the more knowledge you have can actually be a hindrance.
Here are the basics of picking your 2019 March Madness brackets to give yourself a respectable appearance to the VP with his office painted Kentucky Blue.
Your Team Is Not Going To Win
Accept this fact immediately. Once you do, picking your bracket becomes much easier. The Morgan Hill Golden Bears are not going to the Final Four.
This is not a lotto ticket where you can fantasize about it.
Use your head, not your heart. Rarely does a team that hasn't won it before end up winning big.
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. Someone probably said, "We can't have BOTH of these teams excluded."
Voila! Wake Forrest gets an invitation.
When In Doubt, Pick The Red State Team
No one knows why this works, but it does.
Sorry Cal, Pittsburgh, and UNLV. More than likely, 12 of the Sweet 16 will be from red states, and if that number goes in any direction it will go up.
#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.