Let the Madness begin! The field for the 2013 NCAA Tournament has been selected, and you have approximately three days to fill out your brackets for most pools and contests.
Which top dogs will make good on their hype? I have no idea. But I do know that since 1985, 89.3% of the tournaments have been won by the top three seeds. Moreover, in that time, the top three seeds have taken up 84 of the 112 spots in the Final Four, which is a robust 75%.
Of course, what you math scholars out there realize is that, while the top dogs are almost certainly going to win the tournament, there is a very good chance that at least one underdog will make the Final Four. Those aren’t great odds given that there are 52 underdogs, but it’s a lot better than nothing.
Obviously, anyone who claims to have real wisdom when it comes to filling out a March Madness bracket is an idiot. One year your bracket might be almost perfect, the next you might lose 50% of your first round picks. So I’m not going to tell you how to fill out your bracket. However, I am going to list nine underdogs—which I’ve classifed as teams seeded 4th or higher—that you might want to take a good look at. They are not locks to go deep, but they are interesting teams that have potential.
Let’s take a look, moving from least to most potential to make the Final Four.