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Less Than 1% of NCAA Picks Perfect Now — Bracket Madness

Michigan earned an automatic bid by winning the Big Ten conference tournament in New York City. | Elsa  Getty Images Michigan earned an automatic bid by winning the Big Ten conference tournament in New York City. | Elsa Getty Images
Samantha Long | 18 March, 2018, 01:34

Fans can grab fandom by the glass and support their teams throughout the Tournament by purchasing a 4-pack pint glass set featuring the logo of 21 schools on the front, and Buffalo Wild Wings on the back, for $34.99 (includes shipping). Virginia and Villanova are picked to reach the national championship game, and Virginia is the most popular pick to win the title. Fortunately, I really have experienced nearly every type of season possible for a basketball player. I remember talking to guys on the 2002 team that got things turned around right before conference began, but up until that point they were so certain they might not make the NCAA Tournament. Here are the four teams I have selected to make up this year's Final Four. The victor may have to play Kansas's Devonte' Graham, so only one of that group can make the Final Four. That number gets quickly pared down to 64 after an initial four "play-in" contests that allow bubble teams a wildcard shot at making the tournament. Even if Michigan State and Duke last the first weekend, Miles Bridges and Marvin Bagley III will meet in the Sweet Sixteen, and one will be sent home. Maybe someday I can do it again.

The Gators don't have a player taller than 6-9 as a part of their regular rotation, which could come back to bite them against a team like Purdue, which has two 7-footers.

The Tigers limped to the finish line this season thanks to a season-ending injury to Anfernee McLemore and various nagging injuries to star G Bryce Brown.

From the ridiculous to the sublime: The most points scored by one team in a game was 149 by Loyola Marymount in 1990 against MI. And the best, the Final Four, from beginning to end, from Selection Sunday to the end.

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My most "out there" pick for this Madness session comes from the land of the Buckeyes. Why? Then one of the best games I watched was MI playing with Trey Burke and that group. Throughout the tournament, when fans pick Wendy's as their team and download the Wendy's app, they will receive exclusive offers each week. When the teams with a 100 percent GSR meet, we take into account another metric: Academic Progress Rates (APR), a multi-year tracking of a team's classroom performance.

Mikal Bridges added 13 points and six rebounds and Eric Paschall ended with 11 points and five boards for the No. 2 overall seed at this year's tournament.

-ESPN's Myron Medcalf picked 3-seed Michigan State to take it all.

The rest of the team's that won - Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, Tennessee, Ohio State, Rhode Island and Seton Hall - were all favored to do so, at least by the way they were seeded. Get ready for the headaches.

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