The field for the NCAA Tournament is out, and it is time for America to devolve into March Madness and start manically filling out brackets.
For those thinking that this is the year that a 16-seed finally wins a game: stop, take a deep breath and read these simple dos and don't for filling out Bleacher Report's printable bracket.
Pick At Least One 12-Seed to Beat a 5-Seed
For unknown reasons, this is the matchup that has produced upsets most often in the past, with 38 12-seeds knocking off 5-seeds.
Take Teams Who Finished Strong
Momentum matters, and when key players heat up at the right time, teams can unleash incredible runs in March.
Pick a Top-3 Seed to Win the Title
Only three teams in the history of the tournament that were seeded lower than No. 3 have won a title. Play the odds on this one.
You Should Not:
Pick a Mid-Major to Win it All
Yes, Gonzaga spent time atop the polls this season, but there is still no clear-cut top team in the country this year. You are better off with a Power 6 school.
Predict the Same Winner as All Your Friends or Co-Workers
If you choose the winner correctly and your friends or co-workers do not, you will win your pool. Anyone who picked UConn in 2011 knows this to be true.
Pick Too Many Upsets
It is a slippery slope from picking a 12-seed to win down to taking a 15-seed because you thought the 2-seed didn't space the floor well in the conference tournament. Stay composed and be reasonable.
Be sure to check out Bleacher Report's live bracket during all of the exciting March Madness action and don't forget to make your picks for the 2013 NCAA Tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!