It's NCAA tournament time!
The 2013 version of the March classic is here, and there's little doubt that office pool brackets will start to get underway in your place of business on Monday. To get a leg up on the competition and start picking your best bracket, why not go ahead and download a few 2013 brackets and start doing your own research?
Bragging rights are on the line.
We've got you covered with some useful tips for how to approach this bracket, a printable version to get you off on the right foot and all the necessary information to make 2013 your best March Madness ever.
For starters, don't just zip through the bracket and trust the high seeds.
It's a tip that is old as time with mid-majors like Gonzaga and Butler having major success over the past few years, but it's one that can't be overstated. If you've watched these teams play this year, it shouldn't be as hard to recognize what a good matchup for a top seed is and what isn't, but if not there's still plenty of time to get educated on this year's sleeper teams (i.e. Saint Louis, Belmont and South Dakota State).
Next, don't be afraid to look at each region's game site for clues to where the crowds will migrate to. For example, Louisville gets a two-round stint in Lexington, Ky., to start the tournament. No. 12 California has a virtual home game against No. 5 UNLV in San Jose, and Ohio State also gets to play a two-round stint in Dayton, Ohio.
When the tournament gets deeper, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight sites (Indianapolis, L.A., Dallas and Washington, D.C.) will also be important to figuring out the best play for your bracket.
Finally, go with your gut. If you think the bracket is going to go a certain way—just go with it. It's more frustrating to second- and third-guess yourself, especially if things don't go your way in the later rounds. Have fun with it, and enjoy the tournament picking process for what it really is—50 percent knowledge and 50 percent luck.
Complete Tournament Seeding
|2||Miami ||Ohio State ||Duke||Georgetown |
|3||Marquette ||New Mexico ||Michigan St. ||Florida |
|4||Syracuse ||Kansas St. ||Saint Louis ||Michigan |
|5||UNLV ||Wisconsin ||Oklahoma St. ||VCU|
|6||Butler ||Arizona ||Memphis||UCLA |
|7||Illinois ||Notre Dame ||Creighton||San Diego St.|
|8||NC St. ||Pittsburgh ||Colorado St. ||North Carolina |
|9||Temple||Wichita St. ||Missouri||Villanova |
|10||Colorado||Iowa State||Cincinnati||Oklahoma |
|11||Bucknell ||Belmont ||Saint Mary's||Minnesota |
|12||California ||Ole Miss ||Oregon ||Akron |
|13||Montana ||La Salle||New Mexico State ||South Dakota St.|
|14||Davidson ||Harvard||Valparaiso||Northwestern St.|
|15||Pacific ||Iona||Albany ||Florida Gulf Coast |
|(16)||James Madison||Southern ||North Carolina A&T ||W. Kentucky|
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