Alternative ways to fill out your March Madness bracket

You don't have to love basketball to love March Madness. 

In fact, sometimes knowing nothing at all about the tournament's teams can lead you to success. There's a reason it's called "madness"; if filling out a bracket was as easy as just picking the top seeds, everyone would look like geniuses. 

A lack of college basketball knowledge doesn't have to keep you from partaking in the fun. There are plenty of alternative strategies casual fans can utilize to fill out their brackets – and maybe even win something. 

SEE ALSO: ESPN names double-digit seed with best chance of making Sweet 16

1. Pick by color

Everyone has a favorite color, and March Madness is the perfect time for teams to put their colors on display. 

If you're a fan of the color blue, you have plenty to choose from in this year's tournament. North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Kansas are just a few of the iconic blue jerseys you'll be seeing throughout the month. 

Orange will also be a popular pick with teams like Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech donning the bright shade. 

You're also in luck if you love patterns like argyle and checkerboard. Several teams feature those small details on the sides of their jerseys for another pop of color. 

Take a look at some of the tournament's best jerseys below: 

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 15: Coby White #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts against the Duke Blue Devils during their game in the semifinals of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura reacts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against San Diego, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 15: Cam Reddish #2 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles down court against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game in the semifinals of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 15, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 15: Tremont Waters #3 of the LSU Tigers dribbles the ball against the Florida Gators during the Quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 15: Jalen Husdon #3 of the Florida Gators celebrates in the game against the LSU Tigers during the Quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Seton Hall guard Myles Cale (22) gestures after scoring a basket against Villanova during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big East Conference tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Kentucky forward Reid Travis celebrates after scoring a 3-point basket against Tennessee in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee forward Yves Pons drives against Kentucky in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Syracuse's Elijah Hughes (33) handles the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
Virginia Tech's Ahmed Hill (13) drives during an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Virginia Tech won 67-59. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
Michigan's Jon Teske (15) and Isaiah Livers (4) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Michigan State in the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 17: Michigan State Spartans forward Xavier Tillman (23) celebrates with Michigan State Spartans guard Cassius Winston (5) after a play during a Big Ten Tournament Championship game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans on March 17, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 16: Iowa State Cyclones forward Michael Jacobson (12) holds up three fingers after making a three with 13:43 in the second half of the championship game of the Big 12 tournament between the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks on March 16, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK - MARCH 02: Kansas Jayhawks guard Devon Dotson (11) looks to pass during the D1 Big 12 college basketball game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on March 2, 2019 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Florida State forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) and guards David Nichols (11) and Trent Forrest (3) react on the bench near the end of the second half against Wake Forest in an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. Florida State won 88-66. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 12: Northern Kentucky Norse guard Zaynah Robinson (5) brings the ball up the court during the Horizon League Conference tournament championship game between the Wright State Raiders and the Northern Kentucky Norse on March 12, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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2. Pick by mascot

If you have a favorite animal, chances are you'll be able to find it (or something similar) among the mascots for March Madness teams. Fans of felines have more than enough teams to choose from, including four different Wildcats, the Auburn Tigers and the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Bird aficionados have myriad options as well, ranging from owls to eagles to cardinals all across the bracket. 

Or, if you'd rather go a, uh, stranger route, try picking one of the human mascots. Pirates, Gaels and knights don't always translate that well to the hardwood, but giving your opponents nightmares could be a fruitful strategy. 

Check out some of this year's best mascots to choose from: 

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IRVINE, CA - FEBRUARY 06: UC Irvine mascot Peter the Anteater has some fun with court-side fans during their men's basketball game against Cal State Fullerton at Bren Events Center in Irvine on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. UC Irvine defeated Cal State Fullerton 60-53. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 08: The Utah State mascot Big Blue just before a game between the Weber State Wildcats and the Utah State Aggies on December 08, 2018, at Vivint Smart Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.(Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 14: Saint Louis Billikens mascot during the first half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament second round college basketball game between the St Louis Billikens and the Richmond Spiders on March 14, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jan 19, 2019; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels mascot Tony the Landshark stands behind the court during the second half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
NORFOLK, VA - MARCH 06: The Old Dominion Monarchs mascot on the floor during a college basketball game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on March 6, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 14: The Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck walks on the court with the ball in its mouth during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Utah Utes at T-Mobile Arena on March 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 15: The Washington Huskies mascot Harry the Husky plays basketball before a semifinal game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Huskies defeated the Buffaloes 66-61. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 19: The Temple Owls Mascot during the first half of the Legends Classic College Basketball Game between the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the Temple Owls on November 19, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 02: Cavman, the Virginia Cavaliers mascot, performs before the start of a game against the Miami Hurricanes at John Paul Jones Arena on February 2, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
Mar 11, 2019; Uncasville, CT, USA; The UCF Knights mascot performs during a timeout in the second half during in the women's American Conference Tournament against the UConn Huskies at Mohegan Sun Arena. UConn defeated UCF 66-45. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 12: The Saint Mary's Gaels mascot and cheerleaders line up on the court before the championship game of the West Coast Conference basketball tournament between the Gaels and the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Orleans Arena on March 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Gaels defeated the Bulldogs 60-47. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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3. Listen to Las Vegas

When all else fails, take advice from the sportsbooks. After all, they are the experts in knowing what could and should happen – and where to put your money. 

Title odds for all 68 teams in the tournament were revealed after Selection Sunday, and several double-digit seeds have better chances than you might think. 

The most likely upsets of the first round were also released, giving a good look at some teams that could bust your friend's brackets but save yours, if you decide to take the risk. 

Regardless of who wins, March Madness is a thrilling time for anyone involved – even if you don't always know what's going on.

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