2014 Toss-ups

Tips for making toss-up picks

When you sit down to fill out your bracket after Selection Sunday, you?ll need to predict the outcome of three types of games?pushovers, mismatches and toss-ups.

Pushovers are the easy games to pick?well, except for the last two years. They?re the 1v16 and 2v15 match-ups in the first round that are no-brainers to predict. Most years, they give everyone an 8-0 gift to kick-start their bracket. The high seeds are a near-perfect 225-7 in these match-ups, for a 97% success rate. Too bad only one in eight tourney games of the 28-year 64-team era (232 of 1827) are this easy to predict.