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March 19, 2013

Let the madness of March begin

DUNCAN — Alright everyone, it’s that time of year again.

The time when heroes become legends, and mid-majors become household names for a lifetime.

It’s the NCAA tournament, affectionately known as “March Madness.”

Now while I am a sports fantatic, I am in no way shape, form, or fashion the expert when it comes to picking brackets.

I mean of course I picked VCU to make the final four last year, and I called George Mason to make the magical run it did, including beating UConn to make the final four.

Yeah, let’s be honest, I didn’t come anywhere close to picking either of those.

Don’t get me started either on Butler  making the finals twice, that was non-existent on my bracket, as I digress.

Anyways, with this year’s tournament upon us, and more parody in existence than ever before, it’s anyone’s guess who is going to be dancing in Georgia come the end of the tournament.

Here’s just a little bit of knowledge I can divulge when it comes to picking in 2013.

1. Don’t pick a No. 16 seed.

For those of us who have been doing this longer than we can remember, this is common sense.

But, for those beginners who are afraid of not getting any games right in their respective pools, I can assure you that picking the No. 1 seed in its first game will at least give you four games right.

No 16-seed has ever defeated at top-seed in the opening round, with 16-seeds sporting an overall record of 0-112 in the NCAA tournament.

The closest occurrence the underdog had to winning was in 1996 when Western Carolina lost to Purdue 73-71.

Now, in the Women’s NCAA tournament a 16-seed has topped a 1-seed, with Harvard taking down Stanford in 1998.

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