Bracket 101: 3 Ways to Make Your College Basketball Picks

College Basketball Primer

I absolutely love the month of March. Not only are signs of spring starting to emerge, but the best sporting event of the year (at least in my opinion) occurs. I’m talking, of course, about that month-long college basketball extravaganza. No other sport’s playoff comes even close. In college basketball, nothing is guaranteed. Upsets are commonplace – meaning filling out a winning bracket takes some combination of knowledge and total luck.

So here, some tips for you. The simplest (but least exciting) way to fill out that bracket is to pick the top-seeded teams to win each matchup. This year, that means taking Louisville, Kansas, Indiana, and Gonzaga. But like I said, nothing is guaranteed in the tournament – except that at least one of those teams won’t make it to the finals.

Another route? Pick by mascot. But good luck sorting out some of those match-ups. Who do you take between a Fighting Irish and a Cyclone? Your guess is as good as mine.

Since college basketball is no stranger to fashion controversies (just check out the very interesting alternate uniforms adidas recently unveiled), why not make your picks based on what they’re sporting? If you choose that route, make room for Michigan, Marquette, University of North Carolina (the argyle is pretty iconic), and Oregon.

Whatever you choose, make sure you tune in starting Thursday. This is one month-long sporting event that shouldn’t be missed.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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