There's nothing quite like the first day of the NCAA tournament. For about 12 hours, there is college basketball being played at every moment. The first round routinely gives fans a smorgasbord of upsets, and since you never know exactly when one will happen, it's best to just give up trying to be productive and surrender to the allure of March Madness, like Odysseus to the song of the Sirens.
For those of us who fill out brackets every year (and if you know somebody who doesn't, they are not to be trusted), let's be honest: none of us know what we're doing. From basketball junkies to novices, most people can go ahead and shred their brackets at the end of day one after missing the mark on too many games, and the frustration of losing out year after year can take its emotional toll.
Fear not, degenerates, for help is on the way. PointAfter, a sports data site powered by Graphiq, used data from Bing Predicts to pick every game in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Bing Predicts uses web activity and social sentiment -- in addition to historical player, team and match stats -- to predict the outcome of college basketball games. Web and social data allow Bing Predicts to capture real-time information about lineup changes and reaction to them to tune the strengths of teams.
The first game of the first round tips off at 12:15 p.m. EST at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, where No. 5 seed Notre Dame faces No. 12 seed Princeton. PointAfter will break down all every first-round game, complete with Bing's prediction for each. The analysis will begin in the East region, followed by the West, Midwest and South, until all 32 games are covered.
Everyone has their own method when filling out their brackets, and there's no sure-fire way to ensure success. But if you're like most people who fail year after year, here is some guidance to help you cut down the nets after the confetti settles.
Note: Also included with game predictions are the opening lines for each game, courtesy of Vegas Insider.