The 2012-13 college basketball season has been unequivocally exciting. There have been times when scoring has been substituted for physical, almost slow-motion play, but the unimaginable upsets, chill-inducing buzzer-beaters and Marshall Henderson moments have more than made up for it.
While that means this year's Big Dance will be undoubtedly electrifying, it also means you stand an ice-cube's-chance-in-hell of filling out a bracket that doesn't end up looking like one of my high school history tests—covered in wrong answers galore.
And here are a few hints to keep in mind before marking anything down in ink.
Don't Pick a 16 Seed
Yes, this has been one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory, and with top-five teams looking vulnerable all year, this might seem like as good of a time as any to pick the massive upset.
But don't get too wild and crazy (relevant).
A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1, and with several top teams from the country's worst conferences slipping up in their league tournaments, the bottom seeds will be worse than usual in 2013.
Do Pick Plenty of Upsets
That being said, this tournament has the makings of utter mayhem.
Plenty of the bubble teams struggled down the stretch, but if this season has taught us anything, it is that the unexpected has simply become the ordinary.
Don't be scared off by any 10, 11, 12 or even 13 seeds, and don't pick all No. 1 and 2 seeds to the Final Four. Almost any team in this tournament can beat anyone else on any given night—and pretty much every one has knocked off a top seed already at some point this season.
Get a little unusual with your bracket. Concentrate on the squads with talented, proven guard play—regardless of seed—and it will take you a long way in your office pool.
Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA Tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.