I have a tendency to go chalky when it comes to the bracket.
My philosophy is always to pick the teams I trust the most to get far in the tournament. Some years that works out. Last season, for instance, I knew pre-bracket Kentucky, Duke and Wisconsin would be in my Final Four no matter the matchups. Those teams were just too good to pick against.
Some years, such as 2014, I feel like I'd be better off asking my nine-year-old to pick based on mascots. That season I went chalky, and my bracket turned into papier-mache.
This year, it's easy to take some chances based on seed lines. There is little difference between the teams on the first five lines from my vantage point, and the numbers back it up. As I wrote last week, while Kansas and Michigan State are challenging the no-elite-teams narrative, there is less difference this year between the top team in the nation and the 20th-best, according to KenPom.com's numbers, than there has ever been in the site's history (dating back to 2002).
So go wild, America.
As for my picks, they are here with way too much thought put into each game. I still have the teams I trust most in the title game, but hey, it's not all chalk this year!