March Madness 2012: Essential Guide to This Year's Tournament and Bracket

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March Madness 2012: Essential Guide to This Year's Tournament and Bracket
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March Madness has officially begun, as the brackets for this year's NCAA Tournament have just been released. 

Sure, the games don't get underway until Tuesday, when the first two play-in games get underway, but that gives sports fans across the country the chance to analyze, break down, and re-analyze every single one of the 32 games that make up the best two days in sports. 

Frankly, with so many games, teams and players to keep an eye on,  it can all be enough to drive a person insane. How do you even know where to begin when filling out your bracket? 

Fear not, that's why I'm here, bringing you the ultimate guide to all things madness-related. We're giving you a comprehensive guide to the insanity of the next three weeks, from title contenders to underdogs to teams cruising for an upset. By the time we're done, you'll have the necessary knowledge to sound like an expert and take home the bragging rights from your office pool. 

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