What is the best college basketball team you’ve seen this year? The one team you’re willing to support at the risk of your office pool? Pick one. Pick your national champion. Start your bracket there. The true definition of March Madness is getting caught up in the first couple of rounds. You sweat over Xavier beating Maryland, or whether a No. 11 seed can beat a No. 6, or whether Michigan State could lose in the first round again. Yet in the big picture, those upsets are meaningless. The winner of the pool almost always correctly predicts the national champion, so make that your first selection and work backward. Be serious about the late rounds; have fun with the early ones.
Everyone loves Villanova, from sharp-dressing Coach Jay Wright to the Philadelphia work ethic to the fact that Kris Jenkins, the kid who won last year’s title with a three-point buzzer beater, is still on the team. Well, forget Villanova. In the last 24 years there has been one repeat national champion, Florida, which was
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