Bracketologist Joe Lunardi Has Nine Nuggets To Get You Caught Up On This Year’s College Basketball Season


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Joe Lunardi loves brackets even more than you probably thought he did. So much so that he recently created a bracket for the Westminster Dog Show presented by Purina ProPlan. Chances are he’d make a bracket for your daughter’s piano recital if you asked him. And with the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star game behind us, this is the time that most sports fans rub their eyes, look around, and remember that there’s college basketball to watch.

That’s where Lunardi comes in. As ESPN’s resident Bracketologist (a term he made famous through his repeatedly updated projections of the NCAA Tournament field), he treats the time between now and March Madness the same way accountants view tax season. While everyone else pops in to join the college basketball party, Lunardi has his own Groundhog Day the day after the Super Bowl.

As he puts it, “I peek my head out to let everyone know we’ve got six more weeks of hoops.”

With Lunardi’s help, we’ve got a few tips for the folks trying to get caught up on the NCAA basketball experience in time for the tournament.

Don’t sleep on the mid-majors

You get told this every year, but it’s important to note. We’ve seen George Mason, and Butler, and Dayton, and so many other teams not just take down the big dogs, but make a legitimate run in the tournament (and even make the Final Four). This year is no different. There are plenty of teams outside the major conferences that demand our respect, from Chattanooga to Valparaiso, as well as some darn good basketball teams that could earn pretty high seeds (like Dayton and Monmouth).

Upsets are going to happen.

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