Hey ladies… so the deadline is here, you need to have those NCAA brackets handed out and your money turned in ASAP… what, you haven’t been paying the slightest bit of attention to college hoops? First of all, its all good even the most dedicated college basketball guys can’t get all of the games right? Second of all, I’m here to help… keep these few rules in mind and you’re guaranteed success. And if you weren’t considering joining the office pool…rethink this…it will keep you up to speed in all of the office talk and some of the best social gatherings take places at the bars over the next three weeks as the games are telecasted on a multitude of screens.
Ok, back to my rules…
Rule #1: If you’ve never heard of the school, you have no business picking them… North Dakota State? Umm, no… Morehead State? Who? Exactly….its not like going shopping at boutique shopes where the up and coming name is a sure pick… Stick with what you know, and you’ll be successful. The only schools this year that you may not have heard of…but may want to consider picking in the early rounds are Marquette (a #6 seed), Gonzaga (a #4 seed) and Xavier (another #4 seed).
Rule #2: No #1 seed has EVER lost in the first round. Thats right, EVER! So unless you are a die-hard, hopeless romantic who always picks the underdog and don’t feel like collecting four free points in the first round, do NOT pick a #16 seed to win a game.
Rule #3: Google ‘Images’ is your friend. Why’s this? Well, that leads me to…
Rule #4: The better dressed coach is usually victorius… dapper coaches like Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Villanova’s Jay Wright seem to be more adept than others who aren’t quite as stylish. And if not? Hey, at least you looked good going down, right? Now there isn’t technically anything scientific about this rule, however my feeling is…you if the coach looks good, he probably slept well enough not to worry about the success of his team.
Rule #5: When in doubt, go with the better nickname. Wildcats? Strong, confident. Utes? What the hell is that? Stay with what you know.
Rule #6: Team colors are your friend. No girl would ever choose something with bad style… Carolina blue is an absolute classic. Siena’s Green and Gold…? Ehh, not so much (and I love the color green…just not with gold…unless its a big emerald rock with a gold band).
Keep these rules in mind and you’re bound to be successful in your tournament pool. And remember, no matter what happens, enjoy the next three weeks, they are the absolute best time of the year for sports, there’s nothing like it. And when its over, you can reward yourself at the mall! Good luck ladies, enjoy the games!