Here is some wagering advice for making first round picks in the NCAA Tournament .

The following information will be featured in our annual Bracketology article , which appears in the final issue of the yearly My EDGE Newsletter. <a href=ht tp://>Sign up</a> for our newsletter, which contains eight full pages of <a href= e.asp>free sports picks</a> from the nation s top sports handicappers. You can vi ew our 2009 Bracketology article by <a href= ume9issue33.asp>clicking here</a>. You can purchase winning <a href=http://www.>college basketball picks</a> every day at Vegas Experts, where you pay only after you win!<br><br> 1st Round <br><br> The 2008 Tournament marked the first time ever that all four #1 seeds advanced t o the Final Four. Last year s tournament marked the first time since they began s eeding teams that all #1 through #3 seeds advanced to the Sweet 16. Focusing o n the first round, #1 seeds have met #16 seeds 100 times since the field was exp anded in 1985 and with last year s 4-0 sweep, the top seeds moved to 100-0 SU alltime! One year, a #1 seed is going to lose in the first round and destroy everyo ne s bracket. Last year, Pitt played a close game against East Tenn State. <br><br> Second seeds have only lost four times in first round play. The last came in 20 01. No #3 seed has lost in the first round since 2005 when Kansas did it. That said, there have been far more 14 seeds pulling upsets through the years with i t taking place 15 times. <br><br> Overall, #2 through #4 seeds are 159-41 SU in first round play since 1985. It s hould come as no surprise that four seeds are by far the most fallible with upse ts happening in 22 of the past 25 tournaments, including Cleveland State over Wa ke Forest last year, which we warned you about. In 2008, a pair of #4 seeds los t and we had warned you about UConn. <br><br> By now, even the most novice bracketeers know about the #5 vs. #12 seed phenomen on. Sure enough, there were three 12 seeds that pulled upsets last year, includ ing our call on Western Kentucky, meaning that 12 seeds have won 34 times overal l and at least one has advanced to the 2nd round in 19 of the last 21 seasons. The 2007 Tournament was the last time it didn t happen. <br><br> The upset bug has now stretched into the #6 vs. #11 matchup, but it s not as frequ ent as the #5 vs. #12 battle with 11 seeds only advancing to the second round 31 times. Last year, Dayton upset West Virginia to keep the streak alive that ha s seen six #11 s win at least one game over the last four tournaments. A pair adv anced in both 2006 and 2007. <br><br> Take your time in choosing the winners of the #7 vs. #10 matchups. History says at least one of these teams will reach the Sweet 16. In 2008, one #7 seed (Wes t Virginia) and one #10 seed (Davidson) each won at least two games apiece. Howe ver, as noted above, that didn t happen last year. Also of note is that heading into last year s tourney #7 seeds were on a 15-5 SU run vs. #10 s, including a 7-1 S U mark in 2007 and 2008. However, the #10 s turned the tide last year by taking t hree of the four games. <br><br> The #8 vs. #9 matchup is by design the toughest call to make in the first round, but typically your pick here isn t as important as history says whomever advances will simply lose in the second round to the top seed. It s interesting to note th at the lower seeded #9 s actually own the better record. Last year was the second consecutive year where we had a 2-2 split. Over the last five tournaments, the re has never been a 4-0 sweep by either seed.