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Statistician’s Simple Secrets to Winning ‘March Madness’
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Statistician’s Simple Secrets to Winning ‘March Madness’

"People want to have a 'magic formula...'"

Want to own your office "March Madness" pool this year?

You might want to play by the odds.

Nate Silver, the stats guru behind ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, shared a few simple rules for any basketball bracketeer with Business Insider on Friday.

"People want to have a 'magic formula,'" Silver noted, "but our view is that relatively simple things can be better."

Travel distance, injuries and seeding should be your guide to most picks — but don't be afraid of "prudent risks" as the difference among lower-seeded teams are often actually very small.

His biggest piece of advice: Don't let school pride guide your picks.

Watch his breakdown below:

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