Winning your NCAA tournament office pool takes a combination of smart strategy, terrific picks and good luck. That's what makes it so fun.
First and foremost, you'll have to print out a bracket, which can be found by clicking here.
Let's examine a couple tips that will put you well on your way to becoming this year's bracket champion.
Don't go overboard with favorites or underdogs
The most common mistake when filling out a bracket is picking too many favorites or underdogs. You aren't going to win simply by going chalk, but making too many wild predictions will ensure your bracket becomes a mess after the first two days.
You need to find a happy medium between the two sides. If there's an underdog you really like it one region, make sure to offset it by going with a favorite in another. That will ensure your bracket is balanced and ready to survive the Madness of March.
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Trust your instincts
If you truly believe a No. 14 seed is going to upset a No. 3 seed, go with it. Don't think any pick is too radical to make, other than maybe in the No. 1 vs. 16 matchups. Otherwise, trust your research and make the best picks you possibly can.
It might seem safe to go with the favorite even if you have a hunch the underdog will win. But if the underdog emerges victorious, you'll kick yourself for going against what you believed. And it might end up costing you the title.
Every region is going to have upsets, so have faith you are picking the right ones.