Youre going to see a lot of cockamamie ideas for picking brackets—coin flips, mascot fights, jersey colors, etc.—but what about an upset-filled tournament that could realistically occur?
Following a regular season in which there were 25 instances of an unranked team upsetting an opponent ranked in the Top Five of the AP poll, March Madness could take on a whole new meaning.
We wont waste your time by trying to explain why a No. 16 seed could win the 2018 mens NCAA tournament. In fact, we have 11 of the 12 teams on the Nos. 1-3 seed lines at least reaching the second round.
But would a tournament without a single No. 1 seed in the Final Four be chaotic enough for you?
If you really want to get your brackets right, do some preliminary research on the teams. Which teams won their conferences, which ones finished their seasons strong, which ones are favorites according to the experts?
Usually, filling out this bracket requires many leaps of faith. This time around, though, no individual pick feels that shocking. For instance, North Carolina State just lost to Boston College in the ACC tournament, but it wouldnt be that surprising if a team with wins over Arizona, Duke, North Carolina and Clemson turns around and upsets Kansas in the second round.
And thats just one example. You could make a compelling case for just about any of the No. 8 or No. 9 seeds to reach the Sweet 16. (Given Alabamas play in the SEC tournament and the allure of Michael Porter Jr.s return to Missouri, dont be surprised if a disproportionate number of people are picking those big upsets.)
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If the alleged four best teams arent locks against a bunch of squads who spent the past month sweating on the bubble, you best believe it only gets easier to defend upset picks from there.
SI-share-whatsapp Created with Sketch. Need some March Madness bracket help? SIs writers filled out their brackets and made their predictions for the NCAA tournament 2018 Final Four and championship.
Since the 2018 NCAA tournament bracket was released on Sunday, youve likely spent your time examining the field, eyeing potential Cinderellas, finding the cash to fund all of your bracket pools and, most importantly, searching for an excuse to stay home from work later this week. Luckily, the wait is almost over: First-round games in the 2018 NCAA tournament are set to tip off Thursday. The likelihood of unpredictable results makes these next few days the most exciting part of the college basketball season—it also could completely rip your bracket to shreds.
To help you make the tough decisions that come with filling out a March Madness bracket, a panel of Sports Illustrated writers made its picks for every game. (Click on the brackets to view them in larger size.)