March Madness: 4 Tips for Picking a Winning Bracket

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The NCAA Tournament is here. Though March Madness technically started with the conference tournaments, it really commenced the minute the ball ias thrown in the air to start the first play-in game on Wednesday. With that simple toss come thousands (check that, millions) of crazed fans rooting for teams they barely even know. Everybody from your grandmother to your crazy neighbor to your nerdy boss who knows nothing about basketball makes a bracket and also religiously follows it.

But while many play — there are so many hopes and dreams as the first round is underway — there are few who succeed. Whether it’s winning your work pool, a family pool (family bragging rights can’t be given a monetary value), or trying to win that billion-dollar bracket challenge by Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett, making all the right picks throughout the tournament is nigh impossible.

There are some ways to help make your picks a little more viable, though. These aren’t mathematical theorems or telling you to pick by which color you like (albeit that works sometimes): These are simple, intelligent ways to approach making sixty-three difficult choices. Writing ways to improve your picks is almost as hard as actually picking correctly, but here are four ways to improve your selections and maybe win your pool.

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