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Advice on preparing your bracket for the NCAA tournament

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 8:43 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The first round of the men’s NCAA tournament begins Friday with the “First Four” kicking things off Thursday night. The schools that win Thursday night will make it to the Big Dance. Gonzaga, Illinois, Baylor, and Michigan will all enter the tournament as a number 1 seed. This year, because of COVID-19, the entire men’s tournament will be played in Indiana, most games in Indianapolis. Whether you’re an expert in college basketball or don’t watch teams before the big tournament, many people choose to participate in picking who they think will win the national championship. Many workplaces, friends, and total strangers on the internet compete with their bracket to see how close they can come to the perfect outcome. According to the NCAA, the longest a bracket has ever stayed perfect is through 49 games. That was verified in 2019.

The host of “Overtime” on ESPN 99.1, Jeff Thurn, joined Dakota News Now Thursday morning to break down what people should watch for when making their NCAA tournament bracket. On the men’s side, he said schools like Gonzaga, Michigan, and Illinois are the schools that people are gravitating towards right now to make it to the final rounds. But during March Madness, he said everyone loves an upset. According to ESPN, the favorite right now to win it all is Gonzaga University.

One team Thurn thinks will make it to the Sweet 16 is Winthrop. The South Carolina team plays Friday night against Villanova, and Thurn is predicting an upset.

On the women’s side, Thurn said USD and SDSU can win multiple games. The women’s tournament will be played in Texas, most of it in San Antonio. The Yotes play Oregon Monday night. The Jacks play Syracuse in the first round Sunday night.

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