With the 2013 NCAA tournament tipping off in just over 24 hours, fans from the casual to the hardcore are looking for tips from top bracketologists. There are plenty of big-name analysts to choose from in looking for expert help, so knowing which ones to listen to can be a big step toward picking the right teams.
We’ve put half a dozen of the top prognosticators from around the college hoops world—including ESPN’s Jay Bilas—to the test by analyzing their 2012 tournament picks. With this year’s field looking to provide even more surprises than usual, the upset-filled 2012 tourney provides a pretty good testing ground for our pool of analysts.
Many of last year’s key games—notably the two victories by No. 15 seeds—fooled everyone on the list. However, there were some important differences in picks that help separate the good predictors from the outstanding ones.
Read on to find out which experts have earned their stripes—and your respect for their 2013 predictions.