Jon Teitel's Bracket Tactics will help you finish at the top of your NCAA Tournament Pools..
Tuesday's Tip: Focus on the Coaches
FACT ONE: Only 2 coaches with only 0 to 4 years’ tourney experience have won the NCAA title since 1985 (Steve Fisher of Michigan & Tom Izzo of Michigan State).
SIMPLY: Do not pick teams with young coaches to win it all.
MEANING: Butler, Marquette, Missouri, Purdue, and Wake Forest have little shot at a title run.
FACT TWO: Only 4 times ever have all 4 Final Four coaches had Final 4 experience (1951, 1968, 1984, 1993).
ANALYSIS: Feel free to pick a team whose coach has never coached in the Final 4 to make the Final 4.
MEANING: This could be a good year for FSU, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Pitt, Utah, and Xavier.
FACT THREE: But, 18 of last 22 champs have had coach who has previously been to a Final 4.
ANALYSIS: Pick a champ whose coach has previous Final 4 experience.
MEANING: Teams like FSU, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Pitt, and Xavier may make deep runs, but are doubtful National Champions.