Page 2's NCAA Tournament flowchart

Originally Published: March 17, 2011
By Patrick Hruby | Page 2

Your alma mater? Upset by No-Name Tech. Your adopted Cinderella? Pummeled by Big-Name U. Your carefully chosen, game theory-informed brackets? Toast by Monday morning.

Here's the thing about the NCAA tournament: It's irresistible, unpredictable and designed to break your heart. Even if you root for Duke. Only 68 teams make the field. Sixty-seven of them get eliminated. Which means, as a fan, you're usually left playing March Madness musical chairs, looking for the next team to cheer on.

Page 2 is here to help.

Perhaps your school lost. Maybe it was left out on Selection Sunday. Could be it's still alive, only you're nervous and looking for a safety school. (Princeton fan? We suggest the Blue Devils.) Whatever the case, a college basketball fan needs options.

Which team to pull for? Consult our handy flow chart:

Page 2 editor Dave Wilson contributed to the chart.

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