Rothstein: 5 Things to Remember During the NCAA Tournament

Jon Rothstein
Jon Rothstein@JonRothstein
Rothstein: 5 Things to Remember During the NCAA Tournament

This is March!

It's the best three weeks of the year in sports, and we've got you covered.

Check out below our list of five things to remember in the NCAA Tournament.

In no particular order:

5 Things to Remember During the NCAA Tournament

The More You Know, the Worse Your Picks Will Be

This is a fact. The more college basketball you watch, the worse that you're going to do in your March Madness pool. This month best serves the uniformed.

Conference Tournament Success Means Nothing

In 2005, Syracuse won the Big East Tournament at MSG on a Saturday night. The next Friday, it lost to Vermont in the Round of 64. Just because a team plays well during Championship Week doesn't mean that it's going to play well in the NCAA Tournament. They're two different entities.

Dayton Can Be a Springboard

A team from the First Four has won a game in the Round of 64 in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Two teams from the First Four --- VCU (2011) and UCLA (2021) --- advanced to the Final Four. Another --- Syracuse (2018) --- went to the Sweet 16. Dayton creates momentum.

Experience matters

This sport is not made for the young. The older a team is, the better chance it has to advance. Remember: San Diego State had multiple players in their fifth year of eligibility when it advanced to the national title game last season.

The Dark Side of March Is Real

There will be tears. There will be heartache. It's all part of the March Madness experience. For every great win, there's a devastating loss. This month is unlike any other on the calendar. Why? This is March.

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Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.