If you’re a college basketball fan, you know March is all about the madness that’s about to ensue. It’s about bubble teams and a “Big Dance” and Cinderellas hoping the glass slipper fits.
It’s about filling out one (or maybe more) of those all-important brackets and hoping it isn’t completely busted after the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Not a basketball fan? It doesn’t matter. Filling out a bracket is practically a rite of spring, and exactly how you’d do it can help determine what magazine you should read whether you’re into the games or not.
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You’d pick teams based on facts. You’re all too familiar with RPI, strength of schedule and how one team’s defense can exploit another’s weakness. Odds are good you may already be a Sports Illustrated subscriber, but if not, that’s the magazine for you.
You’d pick teams based on school colors and mascots. You know the importance of just the right look. It can be a confidence-booster, after all. So it’s no surprise that you should turn to magazines like InStyle and Marie Claire to keep you in tip-top style on and off the court.
You’d pick teams based on home-court advantage. You believe there’s no place like home, so in the regional rounds, it’s a no-brainer to advance the home team—or the closest thing to it. Celebrate your own home-court advantage with Southern Living or Sunset.
You’d pick teams based on history. Forget the famed 5/12 upset the experts tend to over-hype—history says it’s only accurate about 30 percent of the time. And no No. 16 seed has ever toppled a No. 1. If you tend to side with the past, of course we’d recommend Smithsonian.
You’d pick teams based on the hot hand. Teams getting noticed now tend to carry some of that momentum over into the tournament. Since headline-grabbing news gets your attention, you’d love the hot topics covered in US Weekly and Entertainment Weekly.
You’d pick teams based on their underdog status. This is, after all, what all the madness is about–rooting for the small school to win big, even as it busts brackets in the process. It’s a risk, sure, but that’s part of the game. In that case, Entrepreneur is a perfect fit.