March Madness is only a few days away and if your bracket isn’t created yet, you’ve got some work to do. Luckily, ZIP Delivery is here to offer sound advice and well-researched tips to help you put together a brilliant bracket. And with Quicken Loans upping the ante this year by offering $1 billion to anyone who can create a perfect bracket, you’ve never needed to get into this whole March Madness craze so badly.
- Don’t choose any No. 16 seeds: No matter who the No. 16 seed is, they will not beat a No. 1 seed. In fact, statistically, the No. 1 seed wins 100% of the time. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
- Avoid the bandwagon: No. 4-seed Michigan State and No. 4-seed Louisville have become the “trendy” teams to root for this year. However, a No. 4 seed team has not won the championship game since 1997. Those odds speak for themselves.
- Two is the magic number: Two No. 1 seeds have been eliminated from the tournament after the Sweet 16 round three of the past four years.
- Numbers don’t lie: There are a number of probabilities that can help make the bracket creating process easier. For instance, the No. 1 seed wins 100% of the time, while the No. 2 seed beats the No. 15 seed 96% of the time. Here is a full list of March Madness probabilities that could be useful for your bracket.
- Pick with your head, not your heart: If your alma mater is lucky enough to make the tournament, you will likely be tempted to pick them to go all the way. But you should choose with a clear head and don’t base your bracket on emotion.
Remember, the odds of you picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still try. By following some of ZIP Delivery’s tips above, you can make more knowledgeable decisions on your 2014 March Madness bracket.