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Last minute March Madness bracket advice and picks

A look at who we're liking and NOT liking in this year's tournament.

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Here is some last-minute bracket guidance from the Rumble, as we prepare to watch a whole lot of basketball this Thursday (and after you have joined the Yahoo Bracket challenge, proving you're a better prognosticator than I am).

  1. Upsets happen all over the bracket these days, so don't be afraid to pick boldly, based on a cool name, perhaps.
  2. Always consider picking a 9-seed over an 8-seed. They're usually pretty even
  3. Read up on what the stats people think in terms of the chances each team has of winning the NCAA Tournament. Take a look at Five Thirty Eight and KenPom, and see which teems seem to be underseeded. Roll with some of those. But not all of them - sometimes, the NCAA Committee sees something that the numbers don't.
  4. Consistent powers (such as Michigan State) should get a very, very, very long look in your bracket.
  5. Teams I'm liking to make longer runs than their seed would dictate this year:
    1. West: Yale (balance and strength), Cincinnati (insanely athletic defense matches up with anyone, they just can't score), VCU (their draw features beatable teams)...
    2. South: Wichita State (they were in a Final Four with this backcourt a few years ago, are always tough); Arizona (if they get past Wichita State); Connecticut (they just won't die); Maryland (so much talent, were thought to be a Final Four contender at the beginning of the year)...
    3. East: Kentucky (very talented, best point guard in the country in Tyler Ulis); Xavier (very balanced, strong and ferocious)...
    4. Midwest: Arkansas-Little Rock is a trendy upset pick. I like it too; Iona (great ability to create shots); Seton Hall (they're on fire right now, have a number of great role players and 2-3 shot creators).
  6. Teams I'm NOT liking to make long runs:
    1. West: Oklahoma (too jump-shot heavy); Oregon State (missing a very good freshman player, weren't that good in conference); Oregon (which is going to make me eat my words...
    2. South: Iowa (really sputtered into the tournament, losing five of their last six and not all of those were to better Big Ten teams)...
    3. East: Notre Dame (bad defense)...
    4. Midwest: Iowa State (short bench, and just a feeling...); Dayton (poor offense)
  7. A link to the Rumble's profiles of every NCAA Tournament team remaining is below - after the printable bracket.

    NCAA Profile: Arizona Wildcats
    NCAA Profile: Austin Peay Governors
    NCAA Profile: Baylor Bears
    NCAA Profile: Buffalo Bulls
    NCAA Profile: Butler Bulldogs
    NCAA Profile: California Golden Bears
    NCAA Profile: Chattanooga Mocs
    NCAA Profile: Cincinnati Bearcats
    NCAA Profile: Colorado Buffaloes
    NCAA Profile: Cal State Bakersfield
    NCAA Profile: Connecticut Huskies
    NCAA Profile: Dayton Flyers
    NCAA Profile: Duke Blue Devils
    NCAA Profile: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
    NCAA Profile: Fresno State Bulldogs
    NCAA Profile: Gonzaga Bulldogs
    NCAA Profile: Green Bay Phoenix
    NCAA Profiles: Hampton Pirates
    NCAA Profile: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
    NCAA Profile: Holy Cross Crusaders
    NCAA Profile: Indiana Hoosiers
    NCAA Profile: Iona Gaels
    NCAA Profile: Iowa Hawkeyes
    NCAA Profile: Iowa State Cyclones
    NCAA Profile: Kansas Jayhawks
    NCAA Profile: Kentucky Wildcats
    NCAA Profile: Arkansas Little Rock Trojans
    NCAA Profile: Maryland Terrapins
    NCAA Profile: Miami Hurricanes
    NCAA Profile: Michigan Wolverines
    NCAA Profile: Michigan State Spartans
    NCAA Profile: Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders
    NCAA Profile: North Carolina Tarheels
    NCAA Profile: Northern Iowa Panthers
    NCAA Profile: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    NCAA Profile: Oklahoma Sooners
    NCAA Profile: Oregon Ducks
    NCAA Profile: Oregon State Beavers
    NCAA Profile: Pittsburgh Panthers
    NCAA Profile: Providence Friars
    NCAA Profile: Purdue Boilermakers
    NCAA Profile: Saint Joseph's Hawks
    NCAA Profile: Seton Hall Pirates
    NCAA Profile: South Dakota State Jackrabbits
    NCAA Profile: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
    NCAA Profile: Stony Brook
    NCAA Profile: Syracuse Orange
    NCAA Profile: Temple Owls
    NCAA Profile: Texas Longhorns
    NCAA Profile: Texas A&M Aggies
    NCAA Profile: Texas Tech Red Raiders
    NCAA Profile: UNC Asheville Bulldogs
    NCAA Profile: UNC-WIlmington Seahawks
    NCAA Profile: USC Trojans
    NCAA Profile: Utah Utes
    NCAA Profile: VCU Rams
    NCAA Profile: Villanova Wildcats
    NCAA Profile: Virginia Cavaliers
    NCAA Profile: Weber State Wildcats
    NCAA Profile: West Virginia Mountaineers
    NCAA Profile: Wichita State Shockers
    NCAA Profile: Wisconsin Badgers
    NCAA Profile: Xavier Musketeers
    NCAA Profile: Yale Bulldogs