There is no doubt that March Madness lives up to it's name. With sixty four teams having the opportunity to claw their way to the top, it leads to a wonderfully hectic month.
Here are some tips that may help you create a successful bracket this year. I will say as a disclaimer, anything can happen. There are no right answers. There's a reason that 'madness' is in the name of this huge tournament. Even though you feel like you should, keep your feelings of your favorite team aside. Bringing emotions into a bracket is never a good idea. Keep it as cold and calculated as possible.
In my humble opinion, these tips are in order of most important.
Coaches that have Final Four experience makes all the difference in the world. A coach that doesn't know how to handle the stress can ruin a game for the players. This is equally important to players without crunch time experience can ruin a game.
No. 1 seeds are top ranked for a good reason, they perform. The facts are that a No. 1 seed has won seven of the past nine championships, and 12 of the past 17.
Players/Teams with talent! This may seem like an obvious factor, but I feel like I need to stress this. Teams that have proven themselves to have talent (during crunch time especially!) will most likely perform under the pressure of the tournament. Factor the tried and true teams into your bracket. Once again, do not over exaggerate your favorite team's talent when deciding. Cold and calculated.
Differentiate your bracket. Sure, going with the majority on some, or even most decisions will most likely get you far. But in order to win big you must sometimes make decisions that split you from the crowd. And it is always nice to be that one person who, "knew that was going to happen".