Overrated Teams You Should Be Wary of Picking in Your March Madness Pool

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Overrated Teams You Should Be Wary of Picking in Your March Madness Pool
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Kansas center Joel Embiid

It is entirely possible that nothing else in the sports world makes a person look as smart—or as dumb—as taking a big flier in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Is there a lot of guesswork involved in that endeavor? Yes, there certainly is. Is there a foolproof system for picking an upset? Certainly there is not. That stereotype about the office cat lady who doesn't know a basketball from Cary Grant winning the workplace pool every year? It is a stereotype for a reason.

And yet, there is a gleam of hope out there. People can still be thoughtful about their picks. There are good decisions to made, bad decisions to be avoided. Bets to be hedged. Smart plays to be played.

Often, finding the wheat means first finding the chaff. That's what we are here to do.

These are five teams that have the look of iron pyrite on further inspection.


Statistics and seed projections courtesy of ESPN unless otherwise noted.

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