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March Madness Week 1

It’s March and that only means one thing: February is over. Also, March Madness is here. Yes the college basketball tournament where 64 teams battle it out, some good, some bad, some ugly. Starting Thursday at 12:15 pm, we will watch the best of the full scholarship college athletes compete against each other. This time of year also brings out the gambler in some of us, and we create brackets. Do you wanna have a good bracket? Here is some above average advice from our team of experts here at the Talon Sports Network (TSN).

  1. Never pick a 16 seed to beat a 1 seed. It never happens.
  2. Go with gut, don’t always listen to the “ ESPN experts”. No one has ever had a perfect bracket, certainly no one from ESPN.
  3. Don’t stress over getting every pick correct, brackets are supposed to be fun!
  4. Unsure picking between a 8 or a 9 seed, go with the 9 seed, over the last 5 years 9 seeds have won a much larger percentage of the time than 8 seeds.

First Round Talon Picks (winner is bolded)

(5) Notre Dame vs. (12) Princeton

(5) Virginia vs. (12) U.N.C.-Wilmington

(4) Butler vs. (13) Winthrop

(1) Gonzaga vs. (16) South Dakota State

(4) West Virginia vs. (13) Bucknell

(4) Florida vs. (13) East Tennessee State

(5) Minnesota vs. (12) Middle Tennessee State

(8) Northwestern vs. (9) Vanderbilt

(6) Maryland vs. (11) Xavier

(1) Villanova vs. (16) Mt. St Mary’s

(7) St. Mary’s vs. (10) V.C.U.

(4) Purdue vs. (13) Vermont

(3) Florida State vs. (14) Florida Gulf Coast

(8) Wisconsin vs. (9) Virginia Tech

(2) Arizona vs. (15) North Dakota

(5) Iowa State vs. (12) Nevada

(7) Michigan vs. (10) Oklahoma State

(3) Baylor vs. (14) New Mexico State

(8) Arkansas vs. (9) Seton Hall

(3) Oregon vs. (14) Iona

(2) Louisville vs. (15) Jacksonville State

(6) Southern Methodist vs. (11) U.S.C.

(1) North Carolina vs. (16) Texas Southern

(6) Creighton vs. (11) Rhode Island

(1) Kansas vs. (16) U.C. Davis

(7) Dayton vs. (10) Wichita State

(2) Duke vs. (15) Troy

(6) Cincinnati vs. (11) Kansas State

(8) Miami vs. (9) Michigan State

(2) Kentucky vs. (15) Northern Kentucky

(7) South Carolina vs. (10) Marquette

(3) U.C.L.A. vs. (14) Kent State

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