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The sweet madness of March lies mostly in the brackets

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Sometimes it seems who wins and who loses is less important that why they were playing each other.

By Steve Doyle

A few weeks ago, I explained to my 10-year-old son how brackets work. I showed him the elimination process, how the winners moved one way and the losers another. I think he was more intrigued by the maze of lines than what they actually represented.

And so today I give you the NCAA Tournament, basketball’s version of a maze in which good teams get lost when their names fall on bad lines.


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