If you are a college basketball fan, chances are you already fill out an NCAA bracket during March Madness. However, if you are not a basketball fan you may have noticed your co-workers and friends getting into a pool each year. Instead of missing out on the fun, learn how to fill out a bracket that ensures you the best chance of winning. It can require a little research, but even non-basketball fans can join in on the action.
Obtain a bracket sheet. Either get one from the person running your pool or from an online pool such as those on ESPN or Fox Sports.
Learn about some of the top teams by researching online or talking to friends. Find out what teams ended the season on a hot streak and pick those. Avoid teams that slumped down the stretch of the season.
Check out the online brackets of basketball experts, especially when choosing the winner of a challenging matchup. Research information from the experts on sites such as ESPN, Fox Sports or Sports Illustrated.
Select the top-seeded teams to win in the first round. Top-seeded teams almost never lose in the opening round.
Recognize the unlikelihood of all four No. 1 seeds reaching the Final Four when making your selections. As of 2011, only once (2008) since 1978 have all four No. 1 seeds made it to the Final Four.
Trust your instincts. If you think a team will beat a better-seeded team, go with that gut instinct.
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