There's no real formula to win an NCAA tournament pool. Maybe with the exception of this. Not outsmarting yourself is probably the best and most prudent advice you can follow.
Rounds 1 and 2 of the tournament are some of the best sporting days in the country. If you can get to Las Vegas for it, all the better. You'll never know the pure entertainment value of a guy hitting or missing a one-and-one in a game where the spread is 29 points and his team is down 28. You'd think it was the game-winning drive in Varsity Blues.
Most of us have filled out brackets at this time of year since we were in middle school. We cut them out of the newspaper back when people still read newspapers. We filled them out, folded them and kept them in our pockets. We went home and poured a giant glass of milk and binged on thin mints until our teeth turned brown.
Yes, it is one heck of a time to be into sports and college athletics, and there's nothing like keeping that early tournament momentum going like having a bracket worth framing when the Werner ladder goes up and net comes down.
The following are some tips—take 'em or leave 'em—to optimize your chances of winning your pool.