Five best bets to win NCAA tournament — March Madness

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Villanova celebrates after an NCAA basketball game win over Providence in the Big East men's tournament final Saturday in NY. SportsLine ran every possible matchup through a computer simulation 10,000 times.

This year's NCAA Tournament could be one of the wildest yet - and that's saying something after the past few years of bracket chaos.

Hurley, the explosive point guard who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991-92, is the third-year coach of Arizona State, which plays Syracuse on Wednesday night in a First Four play-in game. In addition, Intel True View will let fans relive the most action-packed moments with 360-degree views of the best highlights from the Final Four.

You've got to make sure that you never pick a 16 or 15 seed.

When fans think of the NCAA tournament, it's hard to beat the excitement of the first weekend, when upsets, buzzer beaters and spectacular performances can be common. This season in college basketball has also been especially chaotic. Big 12 basketball seems to be on an upswing, after a swoon in the middle part of this decade. The NCAA tournament is the single greatest spectacle in American Sports.

But that's not true. Or if some lower seeds, or even a potential Cinderella, make it to those national semifinal games March 31. Jared, Mustapha and Bryce have got to shoot better percentages and be more productive in their assist-turnover ratio. The ACC has nine. Check out where a team is playing its games and if it might give a significant homecourt advantage. He averages 10 points a game and leads the team in assists.

- HURLEY BRACKET: The Hurley brothers both have their teams in the NCAA Tournament.

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Villanova head coach Jay Wright feels his team is improving as the tournament approaches. They're only playing once, and it's possible the one time might be in the NCAA Tournament. Of those 13 times, six have occurred in the Big Eight or the Big 12.

As the Big 12 has shown, regular-season success isn't a barometer for postseason success.

1991 Big East 1991: 7 of 9, .778. And Providence nearly made it - the Friars were 7-9 in the Big East and 17-12 overall. But no one does it as well as they do. North Carolina (85-75), L at Virginia (80-60), L vs. Neither Clemson nor Wake Forest was on the bubble. Wake Forest and Maryland were omitted and weren't contenders for a bid.

If Admon Gilder and DJ Hogg can't knock down some 3s early against teams like Providence and North Carolina, the Aggies could be heading home before the first weekend of the tourney is over. Same as 1987. Wake Forest and Maryland were the outliers. Past year three SEC teams - South Carolina, Kentucky and Florida - made the Elite Eight. Kansas State and Colorado did not. Michigan State is a team that needs to get out in transition. OU and Colorado were bypassed, and the Sooners easily could have been picked. The Wildcats have four other double-digit scorers in Donte DiVincenzo, Phil Booth, Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall. The Crimson Tide had a 3-on-5 matchup - that's players, not NCAA seeding - for the final 10 minutes in a November loss to Minnesota. Kansas, OU, Iowa State, Texas, Kansas State, Baylor and OSU made it.

Miller's record out west has been sound, too. The problem is that he's 2-5 in regional finals, so pick with care if you have Kansas getting that far. Kansas State, TCU and Tech were bypassed; none were in contention. Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region, and the Jayhawks are going to have to contend with second-seeded Duke and No. 3 seed Michigan State. But winning this game isn't impossible, and if the chips fall the right way, Penn might just make history. Some will chalk it up to beginner's luck, but you'll know deep down it was your sharp bracket picking skills that set you apart.

The coaches, players and TV announcers waited breathlessly for the big announcement, who made it to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Good omen for the Big 12. "There's always a 14 seed making it all the way to the elite 8 or the sweet 16 or something like that".

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