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Bracket 2012

March 5th, 2012
While we think the selection of 2012 NCAA Brackets here at can't be beat, there are a host of other sites that have quality brackets as well. Here is a sampling of NCAA Bracket resources:

NCAA Tournament: Odds of a Seed Advancing

March 5th, 2012
This chart shows how each seed has fared over the six rounds of each tournament since 1985 (the start of the 64/68 team tournament). For Example the #1 Seeds have won 100% of their first round games, but #2 have only won 95.7% of the time. The #1 Seeds have made it to the finals 14.1% of the time, but note #4 seeds have only made it 1.1% of the time.


NCAA Tournament: Historical Success by Seed

March 4th, 2012
This chart shows how each seed has fared over the six rounds of each tournament since 1985 (the start of the 64/68 team tournament). For Example the #1 Seeds have won 100 of 100 games in the first round, but 4 times a #2 seed has lost. The #1 Seeds have made it to the finals 24 times and have won 15 of them. The #4 seeds have made it to the finals only twice however.


National Champions by the Numbers

March 17th, 2010
This time of the year brings out all kinds of strategies in regards to how one will fill out their bracket. Opinions, uniform colors and mascots are just three of the dozens of ideas that people throughout the nation (and in some cases outside of the US) have in regards to turning in that winning bracket. But what about the statistics of recent champions? Those numbers can go a long way in showing which teams have the best shot at cutting down the nets on April 5th.

NCAA Tournament: Best & Worst of Each Seed

March 17th, 2010
Final Four 2010

When ever two college basketball teams meet for one game, luck always plays a big part. The best team doesn't necessarily always win. Good players have off days and bad players get hot. Thus picking a perfect bracket, even if you legitimately know which teams are better, is impossible. But you can increase your chances of bracket success by avoiding some obvious pitfalls and nailing the underrated squads.

Bracket Tactics: How to Pick the National Champion

March 16th, 2010's Bracket Tactics will help you pick this year's national champion & finish at the top of your pool. These tips are based on previous NCAA Tournament results:

3 Myths About Picking the NCAA Tournament

March 15th, 2010
It's dinnertime on Monday; by now you've surely filled out two brackets and plan to fill out three more. And you'll reason things the same way you did last year and the year before.

But did you win any money last year or the year before? I thought not.

If you abandon your familiar logic and consider a new approach, you just might look like you know what you're doing come Final Four weekend. Here are the issues you should think about:

Top 5 NCAA Tournament Busts

March 15th, 2010
A bust can be defined as a failure. A failure in the NCAA Tournament is a team that is ranked high, has expectations, and fails to meets those expectations. Some teams are schizophrenic, lack depth, or are entering this tournament ice cold. Let’s take a look at 5 Potential Busts in this year’s tournament…


Top 5 NCAA Tournament Sleepers

March 15th, 2010
When filling out brackets, you have to choose your “sleepers” wisely. Do they matchup well against their potential opponents? Have they been challenged this year? Do they have a guy who can take over a game in the final minutes? If can say Yes to all three of these questions, you may have found yourself a sleeper. Here are 5 potential sleepers to consider: