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Here’s Some Advice On How To Win The ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge Bracket

As you're submitting sheets before play tips off on ESPN2 today at noon ET, you might heed the words of the 2016 champ

If the 2016 ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge champion’s 2019 forecast is correct, Oregon Duck fans will have a lot to celebrate.
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If you still have Bracketology on the brain, help is here.

Before the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament a begins play Friday afternoon on ESPN2 (noon ET), Front Row sought out Women’s Tournament Challenge champion for insights.

While you’re filling out as many as 25 brackets and joining as many as 10 groups, consider this advice from someone who’s won it all.

2016 CHAMPION JOE M. FROM PORTLAND, ORE.

THAT 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP SYSTEM: “It was a combination of watching a lot of the [University of Washington] Husky women’s games living in Seattle (Go Ducks!), and the conference tournaments. Those are when you see the girls grind it out and show who has the tenacity to win these games.”

BEST WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT CHALLENGE FINISH SINCE 2016: “The brackets have not been kind to me in recent years. I started out fairly well the year after I won, sat in the top 99 percent for a couple rounds then phased out. Got caught picking too many upsets.”

FINAL FOUR, CHAMPION: “Oregon, Baylor, Notre Dame, and UConn. Oregon is my champion this year; I think back to how my bracket succeeded so well; I chose Washington to go deep in my bracket because of [former Washington star guard] Kelsey Plum. [She was] one of the smoothest and competitive players I have seen in both the men and women’s games. I see that same kind of consistency and ability in [current Oregon star guard] Sabrina Ionescu.”

VIEW HIS BRACKET AS A PDF

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Wednesday, Front Row interviewed three ESPN Tournament Challenge Men’s Bracket champions (see tweet below).

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