So for today, let's take a look at those brackets. Mostly it's just prayers, luck, and going with what you know, but there are some tricks to it. I mostly throw wet linguine noodles at a wall and whichever number it looks closest to is the seed I pick.
Start with the play in games. The 16 seeds are meaningless, just eeney-meenie-miny-moe that stuff right there. I went with Clemson in the 12 play-in, because they've seen better competition. VCU is decent team and I've seen them win a grinder on the road, which USC can't do, so go with VCU there in the 11's play-in.
Now pick the 1 seeds. No 1 seeds have EVER lost to a 16 and never ever will ever. So pencil that in right now. No now! K? Now 90% of the time the 1's make the sweet 16 too, so you can probably pencil that in.
For the 8/9's I went with: Mason, UNLV, Tennessee, and Butler.
The key for this bracket is to pick about 7-10 upsets in the first 2 rounds. Teams are CLOSE this year and anyone can really beat anyone (unless you're a 16 seed.) Now don't go crazy. The 1's and 2's should win in the first round.
Hot teams: (Washington, KU, Connecticut (but they are exhausted too, I have them losing 2nd round) Florida, Temple, Duke)
Teams wheezing to the finish line: North Carolina, Texas, Mizzou, Villanova
Upset specials: BYU to Wofford, Kansas State to Utah St (hurts to type) Cincy over Conn. in the 2nd round, Temple over San Diego St. in 2nd round, Belmont over Wisconsin wouldn't be unreasonable either.
Remember to have fun, have low expectations for your brackets, and expect some upsets. Good luck! Come back tomorrow for MTMWT with Janet Sumner Johnson!