That said, here are five tips for strategies you can use to ensure you have a quality bracket.
But come April, only one team will be standing as America's best amateur basketball team. Duke, for instance, has been defeated by the likes of Lehigh and Mercer in the first round under Mike Krzyzewski.
In today's version of basketball - both at the NBA and college levels - the 3-point shot is king. No one on UNC will be able to stop Ayton and Alonso Trier. He's certainly shed it in the decade and a half since coming to Chapel Hill.
And by the way, Americans will bet roughly $10 billion on the NCAA Tournament this year, according to new estimates from the American Gaming Association, as noted in a CBS Sports report. "It took 50 years for me to finally get back here, but that's a lot of what it meant to me, and then it's building back the program that he really gave his life for". Then, turn around and play with just one day of preparation for their true First Round opponent.More news: Express Scripts (ESRX) - Analysts' Weekly Ratings Updates
The Tar Heels are the defending champions, and they were the NCAA runners-up in 2016. It's been an up and down year for North Carolina, but Williams is a steady hand at the helm you can count on.
When the matchups were being released on Sunday evening, I immediately realized that this year's bracket could be a challenging one to fill out. He's lost just once in the Round of 64 - in 2003, his first trip to the tournament with the Memphis Tigers. Kansas (27-7) also has a short trip for the opening weekend, staying in the Sunflower State to play Penn on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas.
Calipari is on the five line this year, a spot considered ripe for an upset. "I said whoever wins the SEC regular-season championship at Auburn, I'm going to kiss his ring - so I got to kiss it". They could meet Creighton in the second round who has one of the elite backcourts in the nation, then they would play an extremely risky Arizona team with three electric scorers or a Kentucky team comprised of 5-star freshmen. "Getting over that hump in the Final Four is something we want to do".
After averaging 21.3 points and 4.8 assists per game in non-conference play and becoming one of college basketball's prominent performers, he has seen those numbers dip to 16.7 and 2.5 against conference opponents. Two high-profile jobs came open last week when Pittsburgh fired Kevin Stallings and CT parted ways with Kevin Ollie; at Louisville, interim head coach David Padgett, at just 33 years old, is far from a lock to get the job on a permanent basis. Look for that to change in 2018. A 2008 title helped calm that down, and while he hasn't won another championship since, Self also hasn't lost in the first round in twelve years. Chealey, the team's fifth-year senior point guard, averages 18.5 points per game to go along with 3.6 assists, and he ranks ninth nationally in free throws attempted. Conversely, nationwide parity could open the door for a Big 12 run. Though, the Cats made strides in the SEC final, erasing a small deficit and holding off Tennessee in the final 4 minutes.More news: Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Receives New Coverage from Analysts at Telsey Advisory Group
Set aside the FBI investigation and the controversy.
Hiring coaches with a history of success has helping recruiting. "The tournament has a lot of talented, well-coached teams who've been through a lot". West Virginia, with a 9-9 conference record, did not. Of those 13 times, six have occurred in the Big Eight or the Big 12. The Wildcats failed to get out of the first weekend in 2011 and 2013. He's not a coach prone to early exits. The Bruins have some good wins this season and won't be intimidated by Florida after taking down St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night.
The last six of those games - and four of the five losses - have been played without starting center and top rim protector Anfernee McLemore, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury February 17 at SC.More news: Integral Derivatives LLC Cut Its Xom (Put) (XOM) Position as Valuation Rose