How to pick an NCAA bracket
Get some tips from CBS Sports and Turner Sports experts on how to fill out your NCAA tournament bracket.
This time of the year there's so much college basketball information swirling around the Internet, television, radio, and even the guy from HR trying to give you his sleeper teams. This can lead to information overload. Who do you listen to? What sources should you trust?
If you’re still trying to answer those questions, you also probably haven’t filled out your bracket and all you have is a blank page staring back at you. Don’t worry, we feel your pain and we’ve got your back.
Here’s a cheat sheet with tips on how to fill out your bracket from the best minds in the business. These tips are sure to get you pretty far in your office pool. When you win some money, make sure we get 10 percent.
Clark Kellogg: Don’t force the upsets. Let it flow a little bit. Which is hard because there’s so much information out there. Use a system where you look at certain analytics and stay true to that. It’s like buying stock. Whatever your system and process is, then stay true to that.
Steve Smith: I like to look at how many big wins a team has on the road. Also, look at where the game is. Is it close to their fan base? Then check to see if they have any dominant superstars and a great coach. Lastly, how many upperclassmen do they have?
Reggie Miller: Close your eyes and just go like this. (Swirls finger around). It’s a crapshoot, it really is. There are 15 or 20 legitimate teams that if they get hot this time of year they could make it to the Final Four.
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Kenny Smith: Do look at the seeding. There is a reason why a team is 16 and a team is one. Also, look at their record. If an eight seed won 26 games, they’ve won more games than that because they’re penalized because of their conference. Maybe their conference isn’t good and they ran through [teams]. But if you put them in the ACC or the Pac-12 or the Big Ten they may have had just as good a record and then probably got a higher seed.
Greg Anthony: I always pick a 12 to beat a five. So you might want to pick two of those. You have to have at least one No. 1 get to the Final Four. Then the first thing that pops in your mind, go with it because literally it’s that confusing. That’s the beauty of college basketball. It’s what reality TV strives to be. Nobody knows what the hell is going to happen.
If you want to put these tips to the test, try your hand at our experts bracket pool where you can put your picks up against our best college basketball minds.
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