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Members of the Kentucky basketball team from left Hamidou Diallo Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Brad Calipari and Quade Green watch the NCAA Tournament selection show at the home of head coach John Calipari Sunday

The Dummy's Guide to filling out a 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket

The SEC got a record eight teams into the NCAA Tournament, but all eight have tough draws for the first weekend of March Madness. Honestly, I told myself I was going to have Ohio State go far after I saw them embarrass the then-country's best Michigan State back in a 80-64 January 7 win. The.500 teams are 0-9. That number gets quickly pared down to 64 after an initial four "play-in" contests that allow bubble teams a wildcard shot at making the tournament.

Still, the decision to have the selection show move from CBS to TBS this year sure looks like a bad one after the bloated two-hour, mistake-filled broadcast on Sunday. Having the best player on the floor can sometimes be enough.

When breaking down Cinderellas from a statistical approach, some of the more common numbers that pop up are terrific 3-point shooting, the ability to rebound and keep opponents off the boards, and a defense that can hold up against talent-stuffed favorites. During that period, there were 32 teams and the champion needed to put together a five-game winning streak to take home the trophy. His Spartans, picked to win in the second-highest amounts of brackets, were bounced in the first round by No. 15 Middle Tennessee-just the eighth time in 132 games a two seed has bowed out on the first day of games.

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That's really all these teams can do at this point: trust what brought them to this point. If your answer is the 2003 national title game share some details.

Scroll down to check out six potential cinderella teams that could make a run to the Sweet 16 and beyond. George Mason almost rode its hard-nosed defense all the way to the national title game in 2006. After that the top 10 was rounded out by Virginia (+500), Duke (+650), Michigan State (+750), Michigan (+1000), Arizona (+1200), Kansas (+1200), Purdue (+1500), North Carolina (+1800) and Cincinnati (+2200). In his bracket, UConn (who he also picked last year) wins their 12th national title with a revenge victory over Mississippi State, who beat them in last year's Final Four. The app sends a push notification for each game chosen so users can find out in real time how their bracket is performing. Dean Smith and Bob Knight were reserve players on teams but neither one scored a point. Perhaps it's the single-elimination part of the tournament. It is just as hard to get them all wrong as it is to get them all right.

Matthew Moyer: For me it was growing up watching Ohio State play. In reality, as I chronicled past year in the pages of GQ Magazine, he's a master at coaxing a group of young men to value we over me, equipping them with bracelets reading "Humble and Hungry" and warning them ad nauseam that ego kills.

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