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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Expert Tips

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Mar/12/2017

The Covers experts this weekend offered up their 2017 NCAA College Basketball tournament bracket tips.

Don’t Dismiss the Top Seeds

"Many office pool players work too much on picking the early round upsets and not enough on their Final Four teams,” noted Teddy Covers of Covers.com.  “The vast majority of Final Four teams are top seeded teams; No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 seeds. I generally pick at least two No. 1 seeds to make the Final Four. They earned those top seeds because they've been the best teams in college basketball all season, which is why I rarely call for a No. 1 seed to get upset before the Sweet 16 round at the earliest in my own brackets.”

Think Local and Avoid

If you are playing in an office pool in a region that features a top College Basketball team or teams, avoid them.

Al McCordie of Covers.com advises: “If you live in ACC Country, avoid picking teams like North Carolina and Louisville. If you're in the heartland, steer clear of Kansas and if you're on the West Coast, select teams other than Gonzaga and UCLA."

Upsets Most Common After 1st Round

"My advice would be to focus on upsets in the 2nd Round or Sweet 16 as opposed to the 1st Round. I find that is often the difference between a winning and losing bracket!"

- Ean Lamb, Gambling911.com

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