When it comes to the 2013 NCAA tournament, everyone is looking for an edge to own the perfect bracket.
Whether you simply hijack Joe Lunardi's picks or have your own March Madness method, here are a few tips to keep in mind while filling out your bracket this year.
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Roll With a Few Upsets
March Madness is built upon upsets and Cinderellas—just look at a team like George Mason, which made it all the way to the Final Four in 2006 as a No. 11 seed.
I'm not saying to completely shake up your bracket and pick North Carolina A&T to down Louisville in the second round, but at the same time, don't go too conservative.
Don't forget the Duke Blue Devils, who were completely upset by 15th-seeded Lehigh in the round of 64 in last year's tourney.
If you're looking for potential second-round upsets, you may want to look at a team like Belmont or Oregon, both of whom have a strong chance of winning in the round of 64.
Remember, it's called March Madness for a reason—there will be upsets in 2013.
Don't Pick an All No. 1 Final Four
Picking a Final Four of Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas and Indiana will be the death of your bracket. In the history of the NCAA tournament, only once has the Final Four seen all four No. 1 seeds make it.
That said, you should have at least one No. 1 seed in your Final Four, as these teams have won the tournament more than 50 percent of the time.
I'll reveal my Final Four on Twitter tomorrow, but I will tell you that I have two No. 1 seeds there.
Find a Stat to Back up Your Selections
Whether you measure your bracket selections by a team's RPI or its strength of schedule, it's a good idea to have a go-to statistic to define your picks.
There are no true home games in the the NCAA tournament, meaning teams must have experienced road wins under their belt in order to make a deep run in the tournament.
Look at a team like Louisville, for example, which is 8-3 on the road (6-1 from neutral locations), or Gonzaga, sporting a 10-1 road record, including a perfect 6-0 from neutral grounds.
Some stats like RPI and BPI can be misleading at times, so be careful to choose wisely which numbers you're going to base your bracket off of.
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