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March Madness Around Packer

Robert Vitali (‘17):

“I love seeing an underdog make it far in the tournament. My favorite rounds in the tournament are probably the Sweet Sixteen and the Final Four.

My personal favorites are usually schools that I’ve looked at for college or if they have a NBA prospect that does not play for either Duke or Kentucky.”


P.J. Young (‘19):

“I am looking forward to seeing De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky) and Dwayne Bacon (Florida State) play in the tournament.

When I am making my bracket I usually I pick my teams based off of their colors.”


Connor Mraz (‘18):

“I think that March Madness is the most exciting sporting event because of the unpredictability. You could spend hours going through stats and probabilities trying to figure what is going to happen only watch some small team from nowhere come in and shock everybody. I also think that the event size contributes to the “madness”. Rather than the NFL or NBA playoffs where there are only 12 or 16 teams, here there are 68, which simply means more great, thrilling games.


Personally, I have two strategies that I have found successful in the past when predicting the tournament. I always start by filling out all 64 teams in 90 seconds. I call this my speed round and I think that this resembles my gut feelings. I mean, stats can tell you a lot about a team and how they are going to play, but after watching these teams for 3 months, sometimes it is better to just get a quick feel for the bracket. After that, then I take my time and look at factors going into each matchup. Big factors I look at is where the game is being played, how hot the team is, and RPI top 50 wins. I think these really contribute to how I think of a team. But, again, the greatness of March Madness is you can do all this work to try and win a pool, but something always goes haywire and the unexpected happens.”


Rhea Lieber (‘18):

“I look forward to the friendly competition. I love joking around with my friends and pretending that I’m going to win even though I know I’m not. I also love watching the basketball itself. I much rather watch college basketball over NBA basketball, so this time of year is really exciting for me! I definitely feel some withdrawal when the tournament ends.

I honestly don’t have a concrete method for selection. I tend to read the info about the matchups on the side of the bracket, and I also consult my camp friends because I trust their judgement. They really help me out because I definitely don’t have time to do a ton of research and watch games leading up to the tournament.

I always put my bracket in a group because the competition is what makes March Madness exciting. This year I am in the general Packer group and a smaller group with some friends.”


Olivia Chinitz (‘19):

“There is so much hype around March Madness when it comes around and with my friends. Cuse (Syracuse) is a personal favorite for really no good reason. I think I have been rooting for Cuse for as long I can remember. I don’t make any brackets though, I should have started this year.”


Max Kern (‘18):

“I look forward to the Cinderella stories. I love to see underdogs make it into the later rounds. There’s nothing like rooting for the little guy.

As an avid fan of college basketball I’m a fairly educated picker but I do have some methods that help. When in doubt I lean toward the mid major school which is generally the lower seed. They have more to prove and other people in your brackets might not have it so it makes your bracket unique. I also lean toward grams that shoot threes well. The three point line is the great equalizer and can help less athletic less talented teams stay in games with the best of the best.

I’m part of a bracket where the winner makes a substantial amount of money. It’s quite intense because the entry fee is expensive. We have a unique scoring system where people get extra underdog points.”


Andreas Tsiaras (‘18):

“I look forward most to the upsets and seeing if I got them correct in my bracket. My favorites have to be seeing the 12 seed upset the 5 seed, or the 13 seed upsetting the 4 seed. In fact, I have that happening in my main bracket. I go with unexpected upsets. I think UNC Wilmington is an underrated team that can go far if they do the right thing. Just have faith and go with your gut feeling. This year, a favorite team of mine is UCLA. I think they’re a gritty team that shows how much hard work really pays off, and I love the way they play.”


Asher Bank (‘19):

“The upsets are the best. Every game is a question mark because if teams lose one game there out. Any team can win it all.

I’m a Michigan fan, so I usually pick them winning at least one game. In terms of methods, I always at least one 5 seed vs 12 seed upset.

Yes, every year I do a bracket in a group with my grade. We usually get around 20 kids and most of them don’t watch basketball because with March Madness it’s more about luck than knowledge.”

Jack Howard(‘19):

“I look forward to upsets and seeing underdog teams beat seasonal favorites such as Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Louisville, etc. I also enjoy watching the superstar freshmen who get tons of hype in their high school careers be successful in the biggest stage at the collegiate level, as that makes it exciting to watch NBA drafts, the combines, or past highlights. I personally like rooting for young teams with lots of talent that are fun to watch, but that’s just me. I enjoy watching perennials such as Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, as they have crazy young talent this year. I do make a bracket with my friends, I think Duke will win this year.”


Sascha Lewitt (‘19):

“I look forward to the competition between people and shock when my bracket lowkey works the most.

I don’t have any particular method in selecting my bracket. Last year I did it based on their seed number idk for sure what it’s called and the color of the teams that I like the most.

I’ve made a bracket as part of my grades group competition but debating on whether or not I want to do it again this year.”

Noah Goodman, a senior in his second year on the Prism, is co-editor in chief for the Packer Prism.


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