By Jack Bolesta @JackBolesta on March 17, 2014
March Madness is finally upon us and brackets have been set. Basketball fans and people around the nation have already begun to fill out multiple tournament brackets.
With the tournament around the corner, everyone is wondering which No. 1 seed will fall first and which team is set for a Cinderella story. The stage has been set, and only time will tell. Here are five mistakes you want to avoid when filling out your 2014 bracket.
The No. 1-seeded teams got where they are for a reason. Don't be so eager to knock them out of the tournament when filling out your bracket.
Even though not all No. 1 teams will make it to the Final Four, you should take the time to consider when and where your No. 1-seeded teams fall and who they fall to.
Not everyone is a diehard college basketball fan. It takes time and energy to fill out those brackets and yes, it can be tough. Just make sure that you are not that person who just guesses their entire way through the bracket. If you are unsure of which school to pick, do some homework! There is plenty of information out there. Don't make a pick based on chance and always make an educated guess.
Don't just look at the high seed and expect a victory. The tournament is unique and it is filled with its share of upsets and cinderella stories. Only once in tournament history have all the No. 1-seeded teams made up the Final Four. While Florida, Wichita State, Arizona and Virginia are all really good teams, history tells us not all of them are going to the Final Four.
You will hear of teams that are heavily favored. Your friends will also be telling you who is a "lock" to win it all. Don't listen to them! Don't pick a team just because you heard they are suppose to win or because the majority of your friends are picking them. Brackets are great because you get a chance to make unique picks. Take the time to choose a team and stick by them. It will make victory that much sweeter.
The tournament is filled with upsets and powerful teams will fall, just not all at once.
When filling out your bracket, don't go upset-crazy. Yes, the idea of Eastern Kentucky upsetting Kansas in the opening round sounds nice, but it most likely won't happen. Be realistic and remember not every team is set for a Cinderella story.
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