Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bracket IQ a Guide to Filling out Those NCAA Brackets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bracket IQ a Guide to Filling out Those NCAA Brackets

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This is supposed to be the NCAA Tournament of chaos, parity and upsets. That's what happens when there isn't a dominant team(s). And so, you've probably been staring at your bracket with more dread than filling out a tax return.

Well, so have I.

My alma mater, Kansas, is a trendy pick to reach the Final Four - - but the Jayhawks also lost three consecutive games, including one to a TCU team that is in the running for the worst team the Big 12 has ever produced.

Indiana was the best team in the best conference during the regular season -- but the Hoosiers have lost three of their last six.

And no one can seem to agree on just how good Gonzaga actually is.

There is only one certainty in this, the year of uncertainty: No one has any idea to expect. But here are a few road signs to help you through the process.


I'm going nowhere near Georgetown based solely on its underachieving history. Of course, track records can be tricky because team identities are so fluid, but in some cases they're pretty revealing (I'd put myself in the Final Four before I would Pitt or Vanderbilt). In their last four NCAA tournament appearances, the Hoyas haven't made it out of the second round. Worse: They were a three-seed or better in three of those appearances.

Ohio State advanced to the Final Four last year, but this year's group doesn't get enough scoring from guys not named Deshaun Thomas. Give me Notre Dame or Iowa State knocking off the Buckeyes in the second round. Sorry, Big Ten fans.


You know that talent-laden team that hasn't seemed to get the wins it deserves? That's North Carolina State this year. In a similar position a year ago, with a similar roster, the Wolfpack came within a play or two of advancing to the Elite Eight. The pieces are there for another run.

There may not be a team less appealing to watch than the Wisconsin Badgers. …

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