Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sure, the World Baseball Classic is still going on, Tiger played golf and stuff happened in hockey, but really, all people are talking about this week is March Madness!  Yesterday was Selection Sunday and the 65 NCAA basketball teams headed to the tournament were revealed. Meaning: the only thing on everyone’s mind today is their brackets!

Here’s what you need to know to survive the March Madness Dominated Water-Cooler conversations this week:

1. What is March Madness

If you don’t know the answer, you better start with the Stiletto Sports Getting Ready for the Big Dance Guide before jumping into what teams made the cut. The Guide answers all the burning questions: What is March Madness and Selection Sunday, What the heck is a bracket and of course, Why are all the boys talking about Cinderella?

And just in case you (or your significant other) need to be convinced to watch the tourney, here are Elite 8 Reasons to Watch March Madness.

2. The Sassy 64

Fine, it’s not really called the Sassy 64, but it should be! This week, especially today, is going to be filled with chatter about the bracket: who made it, who didn’t, who should have been ranked #1, who will be the Cinderellas and who will go all the way.


First you need to know who made the cut. CBS Sports has a complete quick reference list also. Here is a quick list in order of rank per region.


  • #1 Pittsbugh
  • #2 Duke
  • #3 Villanova
  • #4 xavier
  • #5 FSU (Florida State)
  • #6 UCLA
  • #7 Texas
  • #8 Oklahoma State
  • #9 Tennessee
  • #10 Minnesota
  • #11 VCU (Virginia Commonwealth)
  • #12 Wisconsin
  • #13 Portland State
  • #14 American
  • #15 Binghamton
  • #16 ETSU (East Tennessee State)


  • #1 UConn
  • #2 Memphis
  • #3 Missouri
  • #4 Washington
  • #5 Purdue
  • #6 Marquette
  • #7 California
  • #8 BYU (Brigham Young)
  • #9 Texas A&M
  • #10 Maryland
  • #11 Utah State
  • #12 North Iowa State
  • #13 Mississippi State
  • #14 Cornell
  • #15 Cal State Northridge
  • #16 Chattanooga


  • #1 Louisville : They are also ranked the #1 team of the whole conference
  • #2 Michigan State
  • #3 Kansas
  • #4 Wake Forest
  • #5 Utah
  • #6 West Virginia
  • #7 Boston College
  • #8 Ohio State
  • #9 Siena
  • #10 USC
  • #11 Dayton
  • #12 Arizona
  • #13 Cleveland State
  • #14 North Dakota State
  • #15 Robert Morris
  • #16 either Alabama State or Morehead State (teams play in Wild Card Game Tuesday night)


  • #1 UNC
  • #2 Oklahoma
  • #3 Syracuse
  • #4 Gonzaga
  • #5 Illinois
  • #6 Arizona State
  • #7 Clemson
  • #8 LSU
  • #9 Butler
  • #10 Michigan
  • #11 Temple
  • #12 Western Kentucky
  • #13 Akron
  • #14 Stephen F. Austin
  • #15 Morgan State
  • #16 Radford

3. Bracketology

I give you, the Girl’s Guide to Bracketology. Everything you need to know to make a kick-ass bracket and have fun doing it!

  • Bracketology 101: the “rules” to filling out the bracket

The breakdowns of each region. Teams are arranged by First Round Matchups to make it easy to compare. Key information like team record, coaching, players, school colors, mascot, and fun random facts to help you make the perfect choices on your bracket!

4. Who You Need to Know:

I’ll definitely go more in-depth later this week when I present the NCAA hotties, coaches and one’s to watch. I also have some guides that I created in January about college players that you should know, but probably don’t—and some of those players will be heading to the Big Dance. But for now, here is just a quick reference lists of names that you will be hearing A LOT.


  • Tyler Hansborough & Ty Lawson: UNC,
  • Gerald Henderson & Kyle Singler: Duke
  • Blake & Taylor Griffen: Oklahoma


  • Rick Pitino: Louisville, the #1 seed in the whole tournament
  • Coach K: #2 Duke
  • Jim Boehiem: #3 Syracuse
  • John Calipari: #2 Memphis
  • Roy Williams: #1 UNC
  • Tom Izzo: #2 Michigan State
  • Jim Calhoun: #1 seed UConn


  • Dick Vitale: If you don’t know, I suggest you find out immediately. He is Mr. NCAA and he is downright crazy!
  • Digger Phelps
  • Clark Kellogg
  • Jim Nantz

Stay tuned for more great March Madness coverage!

Enjoy my opinions? Let me know! Leave me a comment or for the full Stiletto Sports experience, follow me on Twitter at StilettoSportsJ

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

Now Available!

Comments & Feedback

Leave us some love!

You must be logged in to post a comment.

| HOME | Advertise | Contact | Join the Staff |Newsletter |
Shopping: Fierce & Fabulous Boutique | Shop! Stiletto Sports |

Stiletto Sports
Football Party Fashion!
scroll to see more great looks!

RSS FeedTwitter @stilettosportsJFacebook Fan PageShop Stiletto Sports

Signing Andrew Bogut Was A Win-Win Situation For The Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers’ signing of Andrew Bogut drew plenty of reactions from both sides of the fence but his veteran status makes him an asset on the court and the bench.

How to Get Started with Roller Skating

Roller skating is both a fun leisure activity to get into and a challenging sport – and exercise – to keep your body healthy. It is making a comeback and growing in popularity in recent years, especially with more skating rinks now catering to skating fans across the country. Roller skating is also an easy sport to […]

Reasons why baseball has bigger money power than football

Baseball attracts millions of spectators, and it makes the largest amounts of money throughout the world. It is the main hero of sports pages of American newspapers, one of the main characters of books and movies. The famous baseball player of the 1940s Joe DiMaggio was no less popular than his starry wife Marilyn Monroe was. Baseball is a […]

The Top 5 Best Dressed (And Best Looking) NBA Rookies

Stiletto Sports is proud to bring you the Best Dressed 2016-17 NBA Rookies!