We can’t tell you who’s going to win it all, but—despite the flurry of upsets during the first two rounds—since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 seed has won the championship 52 percent of the time. Also, the lowest seed to win the tournament was a No .8, so don’t go with your gut feeling about one of the underdogs—save your money for beer and wings. Among our favorite sports bars for joining in the frenzy is Standings (43 East 7th Street, standingsbar.com), small but worth an early arrival, with a great selection of microbrews on tap. Plus, you can order food from some terrific local restaurants and have it delivered to your stool. At Red Star (37 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, redstarny.com), the truly understanding management is offering earphones to the first 30 people who want to listen to the game, not the crowd. (After the first 30, the fee is a reasonable $5.) You can’t go wrong with Brooklyn Wings, which come in several flavors. We love the nasty hots, but be ready with a gallon of beer to wash them down.
Mon., April 8, 5 p.m., 2013
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