Welcome to the RotoBaller NCAA March Madness’Total Bracket Prediction’.
The 68-team field is formally set, and that I trust you’re lucky enough to have your favorite college make it. But in the event that you solely root to get one university, as I do with UNLV, then you’ll be watching the championship with no dog in the fight. Do not worry though! March Madness provides you with a chance to complete a mount and compete against both strangers and friends in your search for perfection.
Before I guide you as the conductor on this trip, let us make one thing abundantly clear. Your odds of creating a perfect mount are 9.2 quintillion to 1. To put that number into perspective, you are nearly as likely to have all of these things happen during your lifetime. Want to be president? One in 10 million. Think you are the upcoming good actor? One in 1.5 million. Think of yourself a prospective medal-winning Olympic athlete? One in 662,000. Though this is discouraging news for anyone attempting to make history, there are ways to raise your chances if you stick to a perfect strategy. Look at Ronald Reagan. He discovered a means to achieve two of the three scenarios mentioned previously. If he were a slightly greater swimmer, Reagan could have achieved the impossible.
There are a couple of things that you should actively be looking into when breaking your own bracket. For starters, Vegas is generally perfect. That doesn’t mean to take all of the favorites, but if you start selecting a lot of underdogs in the opening round — particularly ones that the public bettors have grown an incline towards, your bracket can begin dismantling itself right away. I have always found it to be successful to look for a couple of vital statistics when it comes to the two mid-major programs and your perennial top-seeded teams. Underdogs that could spring upsets usually specialize in a few of the same features every season. You do not need to do all of these, but the ability to not turn the ball over, prevent offensive rebounds, force steals and take at a higher three-point percentage will be crucial. The idea is that if you can limit possessions to your opponent, you are able to neutralize some of the skill discrepancies which you may confront. Vice versa, higher-seed teams (your top programs) need to prevent being three-point dependant, must use their size to create offensive boards and will need to figure out a way to force turnovers or never turn the basketball over. It basically is the exact opposite strategy of the mid-majors. If the powerhouse teams can create extra possessions for themselves, it is going to be extremely difficult for inferior programs to continue dancing in March. Without further ado, let’s dive into this bracket and model this thing from start to finish.