Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 Bracket: Expert Picks (CBS, USA Today, SI, ESPN, NBC and Bleacher Report) (Part 4)



What I do is aggregate the picks of the top college basketball minds of ESPN, SI, Yahoo! and CBS. This is often very useful when trying to make some of the coin flip decisions of 8/9, 7/10 and 5/12 match-ups.

Highlights:
  • Total Expert Brackets: 21
  • First Round:
    • Upsets (Majority of picks for lower seeded team): Purdue, Buffalo, Texas, BYU, E. Washington (First consensus 14 seed upset), and Davidson.
    • Each of these teams received all 21 expert picks: Notre Dame, Wichita St., North Carolina, and Iowa St.
  • Elite Eight Match-ups (Based on majority of picks): 
    • Kentucky vs Notre Dame
    • Villanova vs Virginia
    • Wisconsin vs Arizona
    • Duke vs Gonzaga (Zags received tie-break vs ISU due to more Final 4 picks)
  • Final Four: 
    • Kentucky vs Arizona
    • Villanova vs Duke
  • Championship: Kentucky over Duke (The last couple of times a team was as overwhelmingly a favorite according to the expert picks, it was Louisville (2013) and Kentucky (2012)



2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket Expert Picks ESPN CNN Sports Illustrated NBC USA Today Bleacher Report



Links to the all of the expert brackets used:





**** Here is a link to last year's post for reference of how it all comes together. ****

In the mean time, check out my other posts about the 2015 Bracket here:

Overall Bracket Strategy & Insights

How to Spot National Champion Candidates

Find the Best Elite 8 Candidates with Advances Stats (KenPom + LRMC)





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