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LEADING OFF

March 06, 2013
March 06, 2013

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March 6, 2013

LEADING OFF
PICKING A WINNER
  • PREDICTING NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES IS A TIMELESS TRADITION WITH MANY INTERPRETATIONS—BUT A FEW RULES ARE SET IN STONE

  • 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

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THE TOURNAMENT IN PHOTOS

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PHOTOPhotograph by Hy PeskinBATTLE 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 WachterBRINGING 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 BeckRISE 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.