There are a handful of sporting events that transcend the world of fandom, turning even the most indifferent of followers into diehards.
March Madness is one of those, but only in a certain aspect: the bracket pool.
Everyone and their grandmother seems to fill out a bracket or 12, whether it be as part of an office or club pool or through one of the many online contests that will pit your picks up against possibly millions of other guessing hopefuls.
Heck, who wouldn't want to have Warren Buffett give us $1 billion?
But with so many teams, so many games and so many possible outcomes, how does one go about putting together that pool-winning bracket?
Here's some tips to get you started in advance of Sunday's announcement of the 68-team NCAA tournament field.