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Our Best Advice for Picking your 2015 NCAA Tournament Brackets

These tried and true rules might help you win during March Madness
Our Best Advice to Picking your 2015 NCAA Tournament Brackets

The day after Selection Sunday is not a great time to get caught up on the college basketball season.

 

As you start to fill out NCAA Tournament brackets for your pools, Athlon Sports did some of the homework for your basketball cram session. March Madness is unpredictable, and we expect it to be again.

 

But there are some tried and true trends in the Tournament, and we’ll break them down here.

 

These are our favorite rules for picking our brackets, along with some of the examples from this year’s field.

 

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Now that Selection Sunday is over, it's time for March Madness to kick into high gear. It's that time of year when everyone —even your IT guy and Midge in accounting — starts caring about college basketball. Most of the excitement comes from NCAA Tournament bracket games, where anyone can fill out a March Madness bracket in hopes winning cash and bragging rights among friends and co-workers. Of course, the majority of people have no clue which teams to pick.

 

Kentucky Wildcats Skip Cutting Down Nets After SEC Tournament Championship

Big Blue Nation expects more chances to cut down nets
Kentucky Wildcats Skip Net Cutting After SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky skipped the tradition of cutting down nets after it won the SEC tournament championship Sunday.

 

Instead, team managers cut down nets after Kentucky’s 78-63 win over Arkansas and brought it to the locker room — in one piece.

 

Surprise, surprise: The Kentucky Wildcats Can Shoot Free Throws

Big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein make free throws a strength
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ever since Memphis missed critical free throws in the 2008 national championship game against Kansas to send the game to overtime — a game and title the Jayhawks eventually won — free throw shooting has been under the microscope for every John Calipari team.

 

All that talent and the great equalizer often has been the free throw line.

 

On this year’s team, the line may be Kentucky’s secret weapon.

 

Watch: Albany Stuns Stony Brook with Late 3 to Clinch NCAA Bid

March is cruel again to the Seawolves
Watch: Albany Stuns Stony Brook with Late 3 to Clinch NCAA Bid

Poor, poor Stony Brook.

 

The Seawolves latest attempt to reach their first NCAA Tournament ended in the most cruel way.

 

Albany’s Peter Hooley hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to give the Great Danes a 51-50 win in the America East championship game to clinch and NCAA bid.

 

The shot may be the wildest of March Madness regardless of what happens in the NCAA tournament. A jumper from Ray Sanders hit the top of the backboard, and Albany tipped the ball out to the perimeter where Hooley could make the game-winning shot.

Watch Out, SEC, Bruce Pearl is Shaking Up Your League Again

Pearl's motley crew at Auburn scores back-to-back SEC tournament upsets
Watch Out, SEC, Bruce Pearl is Shaking Up Your League Again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Auburn may be staring down the most lopsided final score in the SEC tournament. If that’s the way Saturday’s semifinal plays out, it will be the most one of the meaningful blowouts in the history of Auburn basketball.

 

Kentucky and Auburn might be one of the biggest conference tournament semifinal mismatches in the country, but Auburn has already made its statement.

 

Bob Huggins, Mountaineers Basketball Receive Commitment from Top JUCO Guard

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DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles: Philadelphia’s Crowded Backfield Clouds Fantasy Outlook

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The Philadelphia Eagles signed not one, but two running backs on Thursday as DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews became the latest pieces added to Chip Kelly’s ever-changing puzzle. Combined with holdover Darren Sproles. Kelly definitely doesn’t lack for backfield options, but that is a good thing as it relates to each player’s fantasy value for 2015?

 

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