1. From the Gut - 2: Upset/Toss-up Rules - 3. Final Four/Champ Rules
4. Combined PASE - 5. Factor PASE - 6. Pythag Efficiency
7. Pythag and Coaching PASE - 8. Pulse Check Stats - 9: Seed Matchups
10: Outcome Match - 11: Contrarian - 12: Keeper Bracket
Team Stats (Members Only) - Printable Bracket - Historical Brackets
BRACKET STRATEGY #11: Contrarian Picks
Results: 2007 ? 12th percentile in ESPN Tourney Challenge; 2008 ? 23rd percentile; 2009 ? 11th percentile; 2010 - 62nd percentile; 2011 - 12th percentile. OVERALL PERCENTAGE ? 24.0 percentile.
Strategy: I indulge my inner darkhorse. Pick pretty much every upset that I think has a fighting chance?with no fear of tourney pool consequences. I make no apologies.
Outlook: I didn't go completely nuts on this one. The 11 upsets is two below the all-time high from four separate years, including 2011. Still, there are some nutty picks.