A Father and Daughter Guide to Picking the NCAA Basketball Tournament

These seem to be the guidelines used by my six and three year old girls to pick basketball games:

  1. In general, pick teams located in states where family lives. According to the six year old, “There are a lot of Carolina teams.”  With grandparents and extended family in Indiana and North Carolina, this means watch out for the Tar Heels, Irish, and Hoosiers in the tourney.
  2. We like to go to the beach, so Long Beach State is going to the elite eight.  (Plus, Aunt Anne lives nearby.)
  3. For the five year old, two of the “First Four” game winners will advance to the second weekend.
  4. The three year old says “Cantucky” instead of “Kentucky.”  Because Cantucky is very fun to say, she’s got them winning the national title.
William Torgerson NCAA basketball final four

Girls' Basketball

My wife Megan deserves lots of credit. She clicked on the youngest’s picks and uncovered the nugget, “Cantucky.”

The youngest wanted to know, “What number am I on?”  Instead of, “What number is on my jersey?”

4 thoughts on “A Father and Daughter Guide to Picking the NCAA Basketball Tournament

  1. Nice, but can’t say I am a fan of Cantucky…


  2. Love this, Bill. Our 5yo is enthused by the number of Carolina teams too. And I’m kinda jealous neither of my NC-raised kids say “Cantucky.” That’s awesome. Seems your brilliant 3yo is destined for another top-2 finish in the The Friendly. Apologies, but I must risk offending you by closing with a hearty Go Cantucky!


  3. We enjoyed this very much. Think the way the girls pick is about as accurate as any. Anne used to pick her teams by the uniform! We are sticking with the Zeller’s brothers, some of Indiana’s finest.


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