NCAA March Madness Bracket
Published: March 15, 2016
NCAA March Madness Bracket, March Madness is here, and there’s no shortage of 2016 NCAA tournament upset picks, Cinderella candidates and general strategy columns already published by national media outlets.
Let’s take a look around and the various offerings, starting with the most general outlook of tournament teams. If you’re starting cold on NCAA tournament research, ESPN’s Eamon Brennan offers a good, brief background on each team as he ranks the tournament contenders from 68 to 1.
The release of the 68-team field is under review of the NCAA after the complete NCAA bracket was leaked on Twitter during the marathon CBS bracket announcement last night. While the NCAA fumed, the Internet rejoiced.
ESPN Insiders Peter Keating and Jordan Brenner list the top 10 games ripe for early upsets, highlighted by a potential matchup between No. 6 seed Notre Dame and No. 11 Michigan in the East region. The Wolverines, who ESPN says has a 56.5 percent chance of knocking off the Fighting Irish, still must get past No. 11 Tulsa in the play-in game Wednesday night, but if they do that, a Sweet 16 run could be in the cards.
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf talks upsets and more in sharing his 10 bold predictions for the tournament. Spoiler alert: Medcalf believes No. 1 seed North Carolina won’t even play in the Sweet 16 and sees No. 5 Indiana getting knocked off by Chattanooga in the first round.
Among the usual suspects of predicted winners by Sports Illustrated’s staff, one SI writer has West Virginia winning it all. North Carolina, Kansas and Michigan State are prominent choices by the SI crew.
ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi thinks the selection committee’s performance is slipping year over year. Among his gripes this year was the selection of Tulsa as a No. 11 seed, which he says is “indefensible by every known standard.”
PennLive’s David Jones has a similar outlook, saying it’s time to oust the marketing reps and fill the NCAA selection committee with basketball people. Jones also has a good list of eight Cinderellas capable of making a deep NCAA tournament run.
Looking less for upset picks and more for basic strategy? Jon Solomon of CBS Sports has a good starting point to get there with eight fast facts to help you win your tournament pool. His guiding principles are simple but effective and include the role of coaching and an age-old suggestion to pick at least one No. 12 seed to knock off a No. 5.
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