March Madness Guide: How to fill out your bracket

March Madness Guide: How to fill out your bracket

March Madness Guide: How to fill out your bracket

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is perhaps the most exciting weekend on the sports calendar each year with 48 elimination games in four days.

Ultimately Max went with Maryland over Duke - "Dukie" - and the Terps topping Louisville in the title game.

Here's region-by-region breakdowns that dissect each team's strengths/weaknesses, current winning/losing streak and each team's best player or recipe for a win.

Even though the TCU Horned Frogs upset Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament, the Jayhawks were considered a lock on a No. 1 seed by Jerry Palm of CBS Sports.

Duke was given a two seed - many Blue Devil fans and basketball pundits think Duke got a bit jobbed by the committee - after all, Duke beat North Carolina two out of three times this season, including in last week's ACC championship tournament. Marquette is No. 10 seed and the top 3-point shooting team in the country.

EAST: No. 6 SMU (29-4) vs. In the round of 32, you should continue to advance your No. 1 seeds as 88 percent of them move on to the Sweet 16. Under the leadership of point guard JeQuan Lewis and inside force Mo Allie-Cox, the Rams have more than enough make another tournament run. A quick look at KenPom tells me the Hogs are better, so I'm picking them.

-10-seeds have made the Final Four once, and 11-seeds three times; don't pick any lower seeds to make the Final Four teams. Southern Cal and Kansas State vs. Wake Forest. Yet not everyone has bought in. Last year, that team was Middle Tennessee, which shoved a dagger into many brackets in this state.

The Shockers are also a textbook example of what a Cinderella team should look like. No. 12 seeds have won 20 of 46 times in Round 2.

While social analytics might give you an edge, you are going to have to accept the fact that you have as much a chance as winning as the cat lady from accounting who picks teams based on the color of their jerseys.

"There's a 22 percent chance Gonzaga meets Saint Mary's in the Elite 8", ESPN tweeted. The University of Kentucky has eight, while the University of North Carolina, Duke and IN each have five. The Shockers were a No. 11 seed past year when they upset Arizona. A year ago they were defeated by the North Carolina Tar Heels, who eventually lost in the championship, as a 16 seed. Available on Google Play and iTunes, the app will also allow you to stream the radio calls of the games.

Bracket pools consist of a group of friends, co-workers, family or strangers each submitting a bracket with an entry fee of as little as $1 or higher. The First Four matches will take place on March 14 and 15 from the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

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