Leadership Lessons On How To Win When Filling Out Your March Madness Bracket


There is a leadership strategy in choosing your brackets for March Madness – the best indicator of future performance is past performance.  Pick teams that are used to and have a culture of winning.

Avoid blind devotion, loyalty, uniform colors, or a hope-so strategy.  Here is some important information to know:

The Importance Of Regular Season Success Come NCAA Tournament Time In March

  1. Our guys expected to win every time we played.  It wasn’t as much who we were playing against.  We expected to win.” – Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson, one of the teams in the 2010 “.801 Club”.
  2. Jacobson says “experience, size, good guard play, our chemistry, our toughness.  To win a number of games we’re talking about over the long haul, you’re doing it because you have either all those things or most of those things.”

Facts About The .801 Club (teams that had a .800+ regular season winning percentage)

  1. Approximately 15 teams annually fit this category in the tournament.  To be exact, 76 teams in the last 5 years fit this description, including all 5 champions
  2. The .801 teams win 85% of their tournament games. 
  3. Of the 76 teams, 48 were eliminated by other members of the group.  

So when filling out your brackets, pick .801 teams all the way through unless when they are playing each other.  The following are the .801 teams in this year’s regions:

East – Ohio State, Long Island U.  Also, watch Syracuse.

Southeast – Pitt, Old Diminion, Utah St, Belmont, BYU. 

Southwest – Kansas.  Watch Notre Dame.

West – Duke, San Diego State

Out of this group, my Final Four are: Ohio State, BYU, Kansas, Duke with Ohio State defeating BYU for the national championship.

Good luck in filling out your brackets!  Tell us what strategy you use.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

2 Responses to “Leadership Lessons On How To Win When Filling Out Your March Madness Bracket”

  1. I tracked the strategy with great anticipation since the beginning of the tournament. Would it be fair/kind to consider this season an “anomaly”? …smile…

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