Picking mascots is one way to fill out a bracket. Being informed sounds logical. Granted, maybe not as fun.
But you don't enter an office pool for fun. You enter it for bragging rights, and bragging rights are pretty sweet when a little green comes along with it. (Not that we would encourage gambl...ahem...those sorts of things.)
What you need to know is which teams are simply unworthy of your trust or all hype and no substance.
If you're searching for that knowledge, this is the place to get the tips that will save you from living in the bracket basement.
All advanced stats in this piece come from KenPom.com.