Anyone can pick a higher seed and watch as it plows through the competition, but that's not the intrigue of filling out a bracket and entering into an office pool.
You don't look intelligent or knowledgeable simply by selecting the higher seeds.
The fun of March Madness is in the upsets, the unpredictability of a lower-seeded team shocking a program with a lengthier basketball history or greater name recognition. That's where the fun lies both in watching and in filling out a bracket.
I've sifted the college basketball landscape and found a few broader lessons as well as some team-specific ones to help you navigate the tournament terrain.
If you call an upset, then not only might you win your pool, but everyone will wonder where you learned that nugget about Saint Louis, or how you knew that the Big 12 had much more depth than just Kansas.
And you know what you'll tell them? You'll steer them here and reference the top 10 lessons from the 2013 basketball season.