March Madness, what is the hype all about? When date night turns into which bar has the best games on or out of question completely. Want to join in on all the fun and give the boys a run of their money? We breakdown everything you need to know about the madness that is about to begin.


March Madness NCAA bracket

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March Madness terms:

The Big Dance or The Dance: This is just another way of referring to the NCAA tournament.

Selection Sunday: This is the special day when 68, Division I, college teams are chosen by the NCAA Selection Committee. How are these teams chosen? The committee chooses the teams based on their options, “developed through observations, discussions with coaches, directors of athletics and commissioners, and review and comparison of data — ultimately determine selections, seeding and bracketing” stated by the NCAA.

Seeding: Each team that is awarded a spot in the competition is divided by a seed number. The best team is valued at 1. The seeding process reflects the “competitive balance” in each region.

Bracket: There are 4 regions: East, West, Midwest, and South. Each region will have 16 teams ranked from 1, being the best team to 16, being the worst team.

Upset: When a higher seeded team beats a lower seed.

Cinderella: Refers to an underdog team that has beaten one or more teams that are better than they are.

The Sweet Sixteen: The third round of the tournament when 16 teams remain.

The Elite Eight: The fourth round of the tournament when 8 teams remain.

The Final Four: The fifth round of the tournament when 4 teams remain.


Picking the Winners:

Pick your final four first. And have the remaining games filter among those wins. Keep in mind that picking the correct four teams is highly unlikely according to Jeffrey Bergan, mathematics professor at DePaul University, says that picking the perfect bracket is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Maybe your goal of picking the perfect final four, well “less than half a percent of people that have played the bracket challenge game in the past six years have gone 4-for-4. Getting two would be a good goal to have,” states the NCAA.

With those odds, picking your favorite color of each team to advance isn’t the worst idea. Statistically speaking, picking each number 1 seed to advance to the Final Four could be another route to take. But keep in mind that 2008 was the last year the final four was made up of all number 1 seeds.

You can research your brains out or even copy some “expert” brackets. All in all have some fun with your bracket and may the “odds be ever in your favor.”

NCAA bracket for girls