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March Madness: NCAA Basketball Brackets are Game of Chance, Luck of the Draw

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NCAA Basketball Brackets during March Madness are nothing more than a game of chance mixed with a lot of blind luck as most of you may be aware.  College basketball and college sports, in general, seem to have a high rate of improbability (higher than any other sport or league).  This gives it an element of fun and surprise, which is probably one reason it is so popular among fans.  Regardless of your method for filling out the brackets, whether it be philosophical or by “eenie meenie,” we all have the same luck of the draw in winning.  Despite what many “experts” say, there is no real science to it.

This is the first year that I’ve actually taken part in filling out a bracket doing it just for fun.  Let’s take for instance, #14 Harvard Crimson upsetting #3 New Mexico Lobos last night by a score of 68-62.  I was one of the lucky few who chose the Crimson over the Lobos and I know what many of you are thinking because it’s what many of my family and friends already said to me, “who chooses a #14 over a #3 team?”  That would be me and here was my improbable mode of thinking: “#3 or not, who has ever heard of New Mexico?”  Unless you’re a big college basketball fan, which I am not, I can bet you’ve never heard of them either.

So I guess my technique for filling out my bracket was semi-rank while throwing in a dash of school familiarity, but I had the same chance of that happening as I did losing.  No matter how much time and effort you put into completing a bracket, despite stats, the probability either team can win will always be a 50-50 chance.  However, I highly doubt I’m telling you anything you haven’t already thought about especially those who chose New Mexico.

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2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 7 New Mexico vs. No. 10 Stanford





Both the New Mexico Lobos and Stanford Cardinal got a tough draw in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Both teams are capable of making a Sweet 16 run, but only one team will have the chance of doing so after this contest.

These No. 7 vs. No. 10 seed matchups are always very hard to predict. You don’t know if it is going to be a close one or a complete blowout, but that’s kind of how the entire NCAA tourney works out.

The Lobos just got done winning the MW tournament and have won nine of 10. The Cardinal have lost four in their last seven.

What to Watch For

Chasson Randle, Kendall Williams and Cameron Bairstow. There will definitely be other talented players on the court in this game, but those three are arguably the best.

Randle is leading Stanford with 18.7 points per game and can drop 20+ on any team in the tournament.

Williams is averaging 16.4 points per game and is shooting 40.4 percent from the three-point line. Bairstow could be the best player in this contest, though. He is putting up 20.3 points per game and has had quite the breakout season for the Lobos.

Prediction

I am going to have to go with the mid-major in this one. Both teams entered the season with relatively high expectations, but it is New Mexico that is coming off of a tournament championship and it is New Mexico that lost in its first game of the  dance last year as a No. 3 seed. You better believe that this team will be trying to avenge its loss from last season.

New Mexico 78 Stanford 62

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