How to Fill Out Your March Madness Brackets

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Greensboro, NC -- March Madness has arrived.

Sixty-eight schools got a bid for the Big Dance.

READ: NCAA Brackets Released: Let The Madness Begin

They are put into sixteen seeds. The top seeds like 1,2 or 3 are more likely to make it to the finals.

"People like to spice it up and take some chances and so there may a mix," said Dr. Tony Weaver, Elon University. "You should probably stick with the seeds that are supposed to win but every so often mix in a couple upsets, ones that you think that are attractive to you."

Dr. Weaver is a professor of Sport and Event Management at Elon University. He says there is a science to choosing the teams you think will lose and win.

"There is a tendency for the 13 seed to advance and beat the four seed every once in a while so if you're looking for an upset, you want to look at that 13 seed and see if there is a chance maybe they will win."

The statistics and probabilities may sound complicated but Weaver says that isn't so. He says even for people who aren't well versed in college basketball, there is a somewhat even playing field.

"That's the beautiful part about this next three weeks. Is that we really do not know who is going to win, we don't know who is going to make it to the final four, we don't know who is going to be crowned the national champion and so there is  a bit of madness in the games as well as the fan madness and what we see outside," said Weaver.

March Madness is all about basketball and brackets, but sometimes it's breaking the law.

It's illegal to gamble in North Carolina so when money is placed on the bracket, you're breaking the law.

"Usually your small office parties or your bracket pool parties are usually a dollar or two dollars or five dollars so it's really a small form of gambling yes, it still is gambling but I would have to say you could relate it to jaywalking, jaywalking is still illegal on the books but no one is charged for that," explained Ed Cobbler. 

Ed Cobbler was a vice and narcotics investigator for five years. He said in that time he never saw a complaint or arrest for this type of gambling.

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