In a tournament in which the champion must win six (or seven) single-elimination games, there's plenty of room for randomness. These three advanced statistics can provide a framework for picking a smarter bracket
BATTLE OF THE BLUE BLOODS The hair was spikier and the shoes less supportive, but March was plenty mad in 1964, especially when giants such as Duke and Michigan met in the Final Four. Jeff Mullins (44) and the Blue Devils won 90--81.
PHOTOPhotograph by Jerry Wachter
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME It wasn't exactly a Hoosiers moment—Indiana was a No. 1 seed—but the joy in the heartland was no less intense when native son Steve Alford led his state's real-life hoops heroes to their fifth title, in 1987.
PHOTOPhotograph by Robert Beck
RISE OF THE UNDERDOGS The tournament is usually dominated by legacy programs, but there's always room for upstarts such as Brigham Young, which Jimmer Fredette (32) led to victory over fellow party crasher Gonzaga in 2011.