By: Matthew Rodriguez
March is now upon us. In the real world, that means spring break, Easter, and one month closer to summer, but in the sports world, that means March Madness and many, many, many brackets will be filled. “March Madness is a fun tournament to watch, so much intensity and excitement go into the game that everybody should watch it,” said freshman student Justin Nguyen. Some people say that you have a better chance to win the lottery than making a perfect March Madness bracket. Here is a 4 step guide on how to make a perfect bracket.
#1: Stronger Teams Have Stronger Advantages
There is a reason why strong teams have a high seeding (if you do not know what seeding is, it a ranking that each team gets from #1 - #16; they have monster talent that makes the team so good. You don’t want to pick a #16 seed over a #1 seed because most likely, the #1 seed is going to win, and teams who win the tournament are mostly #1 or #2 seeds. The last time a team won the tournament that wasn’t one of those seed was Connecticut, which was the #7 seed.
#2: Look for Recent Wins; The Stronger The Better
Recent wins matter, especially when it is a ranked match. There are teams that made the tournament that had an amazing start at the season, but had a really rough finish. Those specific teams might carry that type of performance to the tournament and lose in early rounds.
#3: Always Expect Upsets
Honestly, seeding doesn’t really matter in the tournament. Once the tournament starts, it is a whole different ball game out there. There have been many upsets in this tournament, and that is one of the reasons why this tournament is so exciting. It would be boring if the top teams always won every single game, then the tournament would be very biased. Upsets add more competition and determination to win and move on from the Round of 64, through the Final Four.
#4: Look at the Team’s Chemistry
Look at how the team plays; it shouldn’t be a one man show all of the time. If a team doesn’t have good chemistry, then the team will start to crumble and lose early in the rounds. Chemistry adds more depth to the team. Even though the players on the team aren’t really as good, like Lonzo Ball and Malik Monk. If they have the chemistry to work together and finish the game as a team, then it just makes the team even better. Chemistry is one of the biggest factors of advancing into the next round, and potentially making it into the final four.
This spring, many Samueli students will be tuning in to watch the tournaments. “I will be watching the games now and then, but it is always fun, especially when they are upset, and when it is the final four because it is the top best teams vs. the top best teams.” Justin Nguyen will be watching the tournament and is very excited to watch the tournament and will be filling brackets until he gets the perfect one. Filling brackets are a fun, just hoping your favorite team wins it all, and get ultimate bragging rights. Using the method, here is my bracket; and I’m picking Kansas to cut down the nets in Glendale, Arizona.
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