It's bracket-filling time, and we've got you covered with how to beat your friends and co-workers during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Bragging rights are on the line in your office pool, and to get a leg up on the rest of your competition it would be prudent to start getting brackets printed out, information on this year's field handy and confidence toward what you are going to do when filling them out.
From brackets that are easy to print to a complete list of this year's 68-team field, here's a look at all things March Madness as you prepare to brave the difficult task of complete the holy grail of college basketball—the perfect bracket.
Strategies to Win Big
Know Your Mid-Majors
Butler, Gonzaga and Saint Louis all spent a considerable amount of time ranked this season. When you check out your bracket and see them ranked ahead of schools with bigger names, don't scribble ahead without checking out what teams like these bring to the table.
Everyone knows Butler after two tournament runs, and Gonzaga was ranked extremely high this season after breezing through conference play.
Teams like Temple, San Diego State and VCU should all be on your radar too, specifically because this is upset central for college basketball and these teams can play with the big boys. If we've learned anything over the past decade in college basketball, it's don't sleep on the mid-majors.
Don't Pick All Four No. 1 Seeds
Only once (2008) has all four seeds made the Final Four. Only six times did both No. 1 seeds reach the championship game.
No No. 1 seed is safe.
That's more true this year than ever, mainly because top teams have been falling like love-struck teenagers each time a new No. 1 plays a game it isn't supposed to lose. Duke, Miami, Kansas and Indiana have all gone down at or near the top spot, and it makes this year's March Madness one of the most unpredictable in recent memory.
While it's always good to play to the numbers, top seeds will go down in March—bet on it.
Go With Your Gut
If you think a No. 13 has the chops to beat a No. 4, write it down!
Too often our gut has the right name advancing to the next round of the tournament before our head uses the eraser to pick the higher-rated seed. You'll be kicking yourself in April after reviewing your bracket if you use this strategy.
Upsets are bound to happen. College basketball junkies usually pinpoint the small ones, but the big ones fool us all. In that spirit, don't be afraid to take a top team down with your pen—it usually pays off during the tourney.
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 ||Middle Tennesse St./ |
|12||California ||Ole Miss ||Oregon ||Akron |
|13||Montana ||Boise St./La Salle||New Mexico State ||South Dakota St.|
|14||Davidson ||Harvard||Valparaiso||Northwestern St.|
|15||Pacific ||Iona||Albany ||Florida Gulf Coast |
|(16)||LIU Brooklyn/ |
|Southern ||North Carolina A&T/ |
First Four Games
1- No. 11 Middle Tennessee St. vs. Saint Mary's
2- No. 13 Boise State vs. La Salle
3- No. 16 LIU Brooklyn vs. James Madison
4- No. 16 North Carolina A&T vs. Liberty
Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA Tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game
Information from NCAA.com was used to compile this report.