For the next three days, people (myself included) will invest way too much time filling in their NCAA tournament bracket.  Here's some things you might want to keep in mind while you're filling out your bracket!


  • 1

    You WON'T Have A Perfect Bracket

    Don't even worry about trying to put together the masterpiece that is a "perfect" bracket. According to Mashable, your chances of predicting everyone of the tournament games are 9.2 quintillion to 1.  In other words, you have a better chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot not just once, but twice...on back to back drawings.  Just let that sink in for a minute.

  • 2

    No #16 Team Has Ever Beat A #1

    I've played in my dad's office bracket challenge for years and he always reminds me to pick a few upsets. NEVER pick a #16 over a #1.  It's never happened in the history of the tournament.

  • 3

    The #15s Aren't A Good Bet Either

    Statistically speaking of course.  They've only made the second round 7 times.

  • 4

    The #12s Should Be Your Upset

    Last year was the first time in 8 years where the #5 seeds went 4-0. The #5 vs #12 match-ups usually produce at least one upset per tournament.

  • 5

    Pick The Blue Team

    We made fun of my mom for years because this is her strategy but there's actually some truth to it.  In 12 of the last 13 tournaments, the winning team's school color was blue.  That includes last year's champion, the Duke Blue Devils.