NCAA March Madness Allstate BFF Brackets | DTN's Official Team

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Ever wish that more things worked like college brackets? That you could seed everything that way? Top 64 pre-game foods. Top 64 college players. Well, now you can do just that with your friends, with the Allstate BFF Brackets, which takes your 64 top Facebook friends (an algorithm seeds them based on interaction) and seeds them in four regions, exactly like the real tourney. Once the tourney starts, your friends advance with the corresponding seeds – till one is left standing. Check it out at here.

Texas Tech isn't a part of the NCAA March Madness, however, you can still participate in this national pastime on a couple of different levels.  It's become part of March Madness to fill out a bracket, despite not knowing a thing about college basketball, the teams or the players.  It doesn't matter a bit whether or not you know much about these teams because it's just intended to be fun. 

As a kid, I always remember having favorites, despite not having a thing to do with the school and it's common for fans to love the underdog.  I rarely get the opportunity to write about those sorts of teams on DTN, but with Texas Tech taking this one out, we've got a little bit of time to figure out which team should be the official team of Double-T Nation.  There are a couple of things to consider.  We don't want to pick a team that is going to lose in the first round, but we also don't want a team that's relatively popular or already has a team blog that covers them.  So here are some of my candidates . . . after the jump.

1.  George Mason | A #8 seed in the East Region.  George Mason has been traditionally a strong tournament team and they have Villanova, a team that has struggled of late, in the first round.

2.  Princeton | A #13 seed facing Kentucky in the East.  I don't like my odds for Princeton to go far.  This is a little further back on my list.

3.  Indiana St. | A #14 seed going against powerhouse Syracuse in the first round in the East.  Another tough matchup, but it's the school of Larry Bird.

4.  Oakland | A #13 seed in the West Region facing Texas.  My thought here is that there are few schools that will root against UT more than Texas Tech.

5.  Temple | A #7 seed facing Penn St. in the West Region.  After that, there's a possible matchup against San Diego St. so it's not the toughest bracket.  Everyone loves Mark Macon!

6.  San Diego St. | A #2 seed in the West Region and will face N. Colorado, but they're so highly ranked.  It would be real easy to pick the highest seed.

7.  UNLV | A #8 seed in the Southwest Region against Illinois.  I'm sure that KWash will sponsor a party in Vegas if the Rebels win it all and the DTN community will be appreciative of that.

8.  Butler | A #8 seed in the Southeast Region taking on Old Dominion.  Last year's Cinderella darlings was fun, but does DTN want to be a band-wagon fan?

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