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There are two types of people within the United States. Those who think March 21, 2013 is a Thursday and those who know it is the beginning of the most exciting four days in American sports.

The first weekend of the 64-team NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, known as March Madness, marks the beginning of an 85-hour period of agitated zombie-like worthlessness for 90% of men and 17% of women across the country (statistics completely made up but a surprisingly good guess if we say so ourselves; which we do.).

I say worthlessness only because that’s how it may appear to anyone who hasn’t embraced the Madness. So, you might as well give in and join their dedication to multiple TVs, high fives, and bouts of screaming. Or at least know what they’re talking about.

This is your cliffnotes guide to getting through the furious four days of Madness and Mayhem .

The Basics
March Madness is a 64-team tournament, one-and-done style—as in, if you lose once, you're done! Those 64 teams are broken up into four “regions,” lovingly designated East, West, South, and MidWest—with 16 teams in each.

In each of the four regions, the teams are ranked by old, angry sports experts based on their basketball ability—from 1 (the best) to 16 (not the best, but a pretty solid birthday number). These numbers are called “seeds,” which is important. It’s also kind of upsetting and sad, because they make the #16 seed play the #1 seed in the first game! (And you thought there was no drama in basketball.) And, no, (#16) has never won a game in the tournament, ever. Statistics to come later regarding overall upsets and mayhem to ensue.

In any case, when you’re watching the game, you’ll see the seed listed next to each team’s name, so you’ll know which team is supposed to win, or, better yet, how big an upset it is if it’s the other way around. Everyone bandwagons on the 12s, 13s, and 14s when they win. 15's are like finding nudes of unicorn Rets!

The Sweet Sixteen
The first four days of the tournament, while a huge deal, are actually only the first two rounds. At the end of the day on Sunday, there will be 16 teams remaining in the tournament, a.k.a. the Sweet Sixteen. Over the next two weeks, those will be whittled down to the Elite Eight, and finally, the teams claiming victory over the East, West, South, and MidWest divisions will become the Final Four.

Then, those teams play each other, one becomes the champion, and a video montage of all the tournament highlights to the sweet smooth sound of Luther Vandross’s “One Shining Moment” ensues. Believe me, it’s even more glorious than it sounds.

Terms to Know
In the next couple weeks, you’ll hear these terms thrown around a lot—so here’s what they mean (and don’t mean, at least as far as basketball is concerned).

Bracket: A term used frequently in IKEA assembly instructions (or rather would be, if they weren’t all just drawings)—or a map of all the tournament match-ups, with predictions on who will win each.

Those are the pieces of paper that all the zombies have been scribbling on trying to be the ULTIMATE prognosticator where there are usually pools and side bets along with bragging rights.

Cinderella: A fairy tale involving a blond janitor—or the underdog. Used to describe a low-seeded (ranked) team that wins the first round, and particularly if they continue on deep into the tournament.

Buzzer Beater: A shot made as time on the game clock expires, sending one team home and the other into a violently aggressive victory dance rampage.

Random Tidbits
- A popular upset pick is the #12 seed beating a #5 seed. (more to come)
- As previously mentioned, the #1 seed has never lost to a #16 seed. Similarly, a #15 seed has beaten a #2 seed maybe two or three times, ever.
- The teams that win on Thursday play again on Saturday.
- The teams that win on Friday play again on Sunday.
- Commentator Dick Vitale is the insane bald Grandpa you always wanted.
- Commentator Bob Knight is the cranky old neighbor that most likely disposed of your family pet Skippy.

These are the basics—but there is so, so, much more to this tournament if you give it a little chance. So, learn a little about the game, give the first four days a try, and you just might be joining the zombie crowd for the rest of the tournament.

When the brackets come out in a week, there will be more help from me regarding filling out a bracket. Here is a primer though.

Standard ways to pick a bracket

Round of 64 seed pairing results
NCAA Tournament % Wins per rank
Since the inception of the 64-team tournament in 1985, through 2012, each seed-pairing has played a total of 112 games, with the following results:
The #1 seed is 112–0 against the #16 seed (100%).
The #2 seed is 106–6 against the #15 seed (94.64%).
The #3 seed is 96–16 against the #14 seed (85.71%).
The #4 seed is 88–24 against the #13 seed (78.57%).
The #5 seed is 74–38 against the #12 seed (66.07%).
The #6 seed is 74–38 against the #11 seed (66.07%).
The #7 seed is 67–45 against the #10 seed (59.82%).
The #8 seed is 54–58 against the #9 seed (48.21%).

Since the expansion to 64 teams in 1985, through 2012, the following results have occurred for each pairing:
In the 1/16 vs. 8/9 bracket:
vs. #8 vs. #9
#1 44–10 (.815) 54–4 (.931)

In the 2/15 vs. 7/10 bracket:
vs. #7 vs. #10
#2 48–17 (.739) 24–17 (.585)
#15 0–2 (.000) 0–4 (.000)

In the 3/14 vs. 6/11 bracket:
vs. #6 vs. #11
#3 34–27 (.557) 23–12 (.657)
#14 2–11 (.154) 0–3 (.000)

In the 4/13 vs. 5/12 bracket:
vs. #5 vs. #12
#4 32–28 (.533) 17–11 (.607)
#13 3–11 (.214) 2–8 (.200)


TL; DR Come play for free with other Twelvians in a guessing game of trying to pick the winners of a 64 team basketball tournament. The stars of the NBA usually come from this tournament. More Info to come next Sunday!
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Creative ways to pick your bracket : Shamelessly stolen from the internet

1. Choose based on which mascot could eat/ slay the other.

This one gets rough when the physical manifestation of the school’s mascot is kind of ambiguous and/or its abilities and powers are of questionable merit. For example: The Cyclones vs. The Blue Devils could go either way depending on your level of belief in the devil, and/or his power to manipulate the weather.

2. Pick teams ironically.

Your choice to pick Long Island University (seeded 16th in the western division) over Michigan State (seeded 1st) can be a commentary on your irrevocable disassociation from the mainstream.

3. Whatever Rick Santorum picks.

I’m at least 99% certain that the GOP nominees are going to be asked by journalists sometime in the near future about their March Madness picks. After all, this is America! How else are we going to decide who to vote for?

4. Pick whichever school’s name sounds the most convincingly erotic when said in a sexy French accent.

I don’t care how sexy you can make your voice when you say other school’s names, St. Bonaventure University is a shoe-in.

5. Pick based on some sort of geographic bias.

Pick your teams based on their proximity to a specific location, which coast they’re closest to, automatically disqualify teams from Rhode Island, whatever.

6. Pick based on some sort of religious bias.

Devout Christians can choose to automatically disqualify every state school. It’s even easier if you’re a Mormon, because then you can choose to automatically remove from consideration all teams but one. Atheists can opt to disqualify most of our nation’s liberal arts schools.

7. Pick schools based on which of them you would be the most proud of having gone to.

Spoiler alert: Harvard will win.

8. The exact opposite of whatever Rick Santorum picks.

It seems like Rick Santorum would just use this to pander to all the wrong kinds of states or might actually go with method #6 and not as a joke.

9. Let your Twitter followers pick for you.

Using this method could give you another opportunity to make all your friends hate you even more by dramatically intoning, “What? You’re not on Twitter?!”

10. Base decisions on whether or not a school includes free or reduced cost contraceptives in its student health insurance plan.

Or you could follow these other 2 choices I found:

Choose your bracket according to team uniforms. I know it sounds funny but try it and I think you’ll end up pleasantly surprised. Look at the matchups and decide which uniform you like best of the two teams and pick them to advance. Or you could do the opposite and decide which uniform you dislike the most and choose that one to advance. Either way be consistent (either advance the ones you like or the ones you dislike, but don’t mix it up) throughout the bracket and you’ll be amazed at the results.

(Hint: I like to consider shoes as part of the uniform. The reason for this is because I once picked a bracket using the uniform method but didn’t consider the shoes as part of the equation and finished seventh in my pool of 30 people. But I learned my lesson and the very next year, after taking shoe style into major consideration, I jumped to second place in my pool of 40. The shoes made a huge difference. You’ll be surprised at how often you may really like a uniform but hate the shoes, or love the shoes but hate the uniform. Going with just the uniforms is really basing your pick on just half of the information.)

Probably the most accurate method for picking teams in the bracket is the coin toss. That’s right, the good old fashioned tossing of the coin and assigning each team either the head or tail adjusting for trends(#16s never win). (side note: this also works quite well when taking tests.) Let the coin gods decide your bracket fate. This method is as good as using a Ouija board but a lot less scary and you don’t have to sign your soul over to the devil to do it

Over the next 4 days, I will do a primer for each bracket where I will sift through all the information from various sports outlets to help you pick from a statistical standpoint. There will only be one bias and that is Wisconsin in the West Bracket. The games start in 4 days from now so you must submit your bracket, for those participating. As a reason to participate, I will be drawing an MS Paint request for the top 2 people who guess the outcome correctly the most.

What you have to do:
- On Wednesday, there will be an updated bracket. Save that bracket.
- Pick your teams by Friday, 22 March 2013, 03:00:00 EDT (UTC+11 hours) in MSPaint by writing their names, mascots, seed number...etc
- Upload your bracket to the Twelve gallery
- Wait for the games to be played.

To give you an idea of a completed bracket for a previous year, take a look at this and how the scoring will be done.


The green lines were correct picks, the red lines were not.
Every round you are correct, the points are worth more. A completely perfect bracket is worth 192 points. The bracket above scores like this for 81 points.
Round Scores
Round of 64
0 of 32 (worth 1 points for each correct pick)
23 of 32 = 23 points

Round of 32
0 of 16 (worth 2 points for each correct pick)
9 of 16 = 18 points

Sweet Sixteen
0 of 8 (worth 4 points for each correct pick)
6 of 8 = 24 points

Elite Eight
0 o f 4 (worth 8 points for each correct pick)
1 of 4 = 16 points

Final Four
0 of 2 (worth 16 points for each correct pick)
0 of 2 = 0 points

Championship game
0 of 1 (worth 32 points for each correct pick)
0 of 1 = 0 points

Finally, here is the first couple tidbits about the 4 number one seeds.

Louisville Top #1
Rick Pitino's Cardinals lost to Syracuse on March 2 and haven't lost a game since, completing the run with a bookend victory over the Orange in the Big East Tournament final. The Cardinals finished 29-5 with the third-best RPI in the nation. Lead by senior guard Peyton Siva and hot-shooting junior guard Russ Smith, Louisville attacks on both ends, pressing and pressuring teams into submission. The Cardinals finished second in the country in steals per game.

Kansas Second #1
The Jayhawks have looked like the best team in the nation at times, but still suffered some embarassing defeats, particularly to TCU. Kansas emerged on the occasions when it mattered most, winning the regular season and tournament titles in the Big 12. Freshman sensation Ben McLemore spearheads an offense in the top 25 in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. Senior center Jeff Withey is one of the best defensive players in college basketball and gives the Jayhawks one of the top inside-outside duos in the tournament.

Indiana Third #3
An inglorious exit in the Big Ten Tournament didn't stop the Hoosiers from landing at No. 1 thanks to perhaps the deepest and most talented roster in college basketball. The Hoosiers were Big Ten Champions in the regular season and finished the year 27-6. Player of the Year candidates Victor Olidipo and Cody Zeller front a dynamic offense, ranking third in the nation in points per game. Indiana also has three players who shoot better than 44 percent from deep, including sharp-shooting Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls.

Gonzaga Fourth #1
Concerns over Gonzaga's schedule didn't prevent the 'Zags from grabbing a top seed. The Bulldogs, 31-2, head into the tournament as the top-ranked team in the AP poll thanks to the stellar inside play of center Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris. The duo accounts for nearly 33 points and 15 rebounds per game. Mark Few's team hasn't lost since January and didn't drop a single conference game in the regular season or WCC tournament.
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Here are 3 random youtube pickers as well as expert primer down below

More expert insights and info check out the ESPN Primer page located here: … basketball
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Here are 3 random youtube pickers as well as expert primer down below

More expert insights and info check out the ESPN Primer page located here: … basketball
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Here are 3 random youtube pickers as well as expert primer down below

More expert insights and info check out the ESPN Primer page located here: … basketball
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Here are 3 random youtube pickers as well as expert primer down below

More expert insights and info check out the ESPN Primer page located here: … basketball
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Stolen from ESPN, there are tournaments where you can win a $10,000 gift card for being in the top 1% of all the brackets as well as $50,000 cash and a trip to the final four, but I dont think you can go if you arent from the US on that second prize.….not sure

Last year, there were 6.45 million brackets entered in's Tournament Challenge game. As of 9:50 p.m. Sunday, there were more than 693,000 brackets already entered.

Here are some of the early trends gleaned from the brackets already entered. Obviously, many of these numbers could change a lot by Thursday.

Louisville, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is not surprisingly the most popular pick to win it all, with 19.9 percent of brackets. Indiana is the second most popular championship pick at 16.3 percent. Interestingly, No. 2 seed Miami is third at 11.8 percent.

Top picks to win it all:
1. Louisville: 19.9 percent
2. Indiana: 16.3 percent
3. Miami: 11.8 percent
4. Kansas: 8.7 percent
5. Duke: 8.6 percent
6. Ohio State: 5.9 percent
7. Gonzaga: 5.6 percent
8. Georgetown: 3.9 percent
9. Michigan: 3.3 percent
10. Michigan State: 3 percent
11. Florida: 2.5 percent
12. Syracuse: 1.8 percent
(No other team with more than 1 percent)

It is also worth noting that every team has been picked to win the championship, although New Mexico State has gotten the fewest picks to win it all so far.

An interesting development is that Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in the West region, is the most popular pick to reach the Final Four of its region over the No. 1 seed Gonzaga (39.9 percent vs. 26.9 percent). In every other region, the No. 1 seed is the most picked team to reach the Final Four.

Most popular Final Four picks:
1. Louisville: 49.7 percent
2. Indiana: 42.1 percent
3. Ohio State: 39.9 percent
4. Miami: 38.7 percent
5. Kansas: 33.9 percent
6. Gonzaga: 26.8 percent
7. Georgetown: 26.4 percent
8. Duke: 25.0 percent
9. Michigan State: 15.7 percent
10. Florida: 14.9 percent
11. Michigan: 14.9 percent
12. New Mexico: 11.3 percent
13. Wisconsin: 10.3 percent
14. Syracuse: 8.7 percent
(No other team over 4 percent)

The only "upset" pick in the Round of 64 has 9-seed Missouri over 8-seed Colorado State (66.6 percent of all brackets). However, the closest Round of 64 game right now is 6-seed UCLA over 11-seed Minnesota (52.8 percent for the Bruins).
Everything is up to date....if you are even remotely interested/curious/confused, I'd like you to post so I can edit this page or scrap it completely so I don't waste any more time and I want you to talk about this going forward so I can get a general idea of who cares about sports and what type of information related to tournaments is useful!
Last chance to enter. Here is President Obama's bracket.

Also, if you pick a perfect bracket, you have a chance to win 1 million dollars.
http://sportsillustrated.collegehoops.u … =hp_t14_a3

My bracket will be up in about 9 hours....The final submissions must be posted in 11 hours from now. If no one creates a bracket aside from me, then I wont update this thread any further.
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