Advice for betting seeds in your NCAA tournament bracket

Advice for betting seeds in your NCAA tournament bracket

The NCAA Tournament will begin in earnest on Thursday, March 16 (play-in games don't really count). Here are five talking points you shouldn't buy into with your bracket. No matter what you think qualifies as an upset, we here at numberFire have a better way to determine which upsets are truly the biggest.

Pick one upset of a No. 2 or No. 3 seed. Let's take a quick look at all 16 teams to find out. It's a winner-take-all format, with the field whittling down to the "Sweet 16", the "Elite 8", "Final 4", and then after three intense weeks of competition, a champion. No. 12 seeds have won 20 of 46 times in Round 2.

Please keep in mind that all games are not televised, thus resulting in radio streams but I will only provide links to NCAA authorized stations for those games. In a breakout season, he's averaging 18.9 points per game and almost 10 blocks.

Third and finally, they don't have a true point guard.

South Dakota State proves it isn't a fluke by beating Northwestern in the second round, becoming the first ever No. 16 seed to win a pair of games.

BUT NOT TOO MANY: No team seeded No. 12 or higher has made a Final Four.

The Blue Raiders average 1.18 points in transition, and most of their roster that upset Michigan State previous year is returning. For example, FCS Rhode Island went 2-9 including a 55-6 loss to Kansas, the laughing-stock of college football, but advances thanks to Creighton's lack of a football program. Pomeroy had its adjusted efficiency (plus-25) as the 13th best in the nation, behind No. 3 Baylor and No. 6 SMU and slightly ahead of No. 7 Saint Mary's.

Steering clear of Gonzaga due to their conference is a mistake. Those are the lowest-seeded teams to receive automatic bids to the Big Dance by winning their conference tournaments.

This one will nearly feel like an upset if Dayton wins. Wichita State is perhaps the deepest team in the tournament, and regularly play a 10 man rotation.

Villanova gets top seed in NCAA Tournament; Syracuse out
John Calipari - The head coach at the University of Kentucky since 2009, Calipari previously coached at two other universities. And much like Virginia, the Mustangs play shutdown defense, allowing 94.8 adjusted points per 100 possession (29th best).

EAST: No. 2 Duke (27-8) vs.

Here's the schedule (all times Eastern). No. 10 Oklahoma State: The red-hot Wolverines, who rolled through the Big Ten tournament to win the championship, faces off against a Big 12 Cowboys squad.

In terms of the Iowa State matchup, I believe they will overlook Nevada.

6 SMU over 11 play-in victor.

The four No. 1 seeds are defending champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.

In the Final Four, the Badgers finally fall to the Seminoles in the tightest contest of the tournament so far.

Seton Hall comes into the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the country...no wonder the Pirates and Razorbacks are slotted to play each other in the first round. Those Catamounts were penciled in for two upsets on your bracket, after all.

Who is everyone's picks for upsets this year? No. 11 Providence/USC: No matter who wins between Providence and USC, it's going to be an interesting game between them and SMU. So what do we know!?

The 2017 NCAA tournament is under way, which means non-cable/satellite subscribers will be scrambling for ways to watch all the March Madness games without having to go to a sports bar.