My thoughts on betting the NCAA Tournament—For entertainment purposes only!

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My thoughts on betting the NCAA Tournament—For entertainment purposes only!

By Bill Smith

There are some basic principles for selecting winners in your office pool. The goal for most guys is to at least be able to place higher than the secretary that makes her picks based on the team colors. Here are 10 thoughts to consider before making your picks.

  1. The committee has watched more college basketball this year than I have and I am willing in most cases to honor their ranking. Picking upsets is a road to last place in the pool. When in doubt, pick the higher seeded teams.
  2. If you are going to pick upsets, check out the 8-9 games. The one place you can statistically find upsets in the 8-9 game. The 9 has won more than 55% of those games over the last 20 years.
  3. Don’t worry about top seed teams that lost early in their conference tournament. Somehow, I don’t let North Carolina falling in the first game of their league tournament worry me. A team’s performance in their league tournament statically has very little to do with how they do in the Dance. Syracuse played their hearts out in
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Colleges are trying to change the only thing the NCAA got right—March Madness!

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Colleges are trying to change the only thing the NCAA got right—March Madness!

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By Bill Smith

Those of you that read this site regularly know that I am not a big fan of the NCAA to say the least. But even I have to admit that the NCAA has one thing right—The College Basketball championship. Now, some college presidents and some basketball expert talking heads are suggesting a change to eliminate the automatic berths to minor conferences. They want to fill all 65 slots with major college teams.

That would eliminate half of the excitement of the tournament. The higher seed big schools are getting tired being beaten by the small schools from non-BCS conferences. The proponents claim that larger schools will bring more people to the games and generate more interest (and of course more money). While it is true that larger schools have a greater number of graduates and fans, none of them are going to get excited about WhataMatta U getting the 15th seed in the tournament.

But when a small school goes to the tournament particularly for the first time, the fans follow. Beside, the tournament was set up to allow the conference … Read more at FryingPanSports