Can you smell that? That's the bittersweet tang of brackets roasting on an open fire.
March Madness hasn't even begun, but in a few short weeks college hoops fans will be building bonfires with the crumbled-up corpses of their busted tournament picks.
If you hate the smell of brackets burning in the morning, this brief guide is for you. Part bracket-y wisdom, part statistical brain food, the following is a walk-through concerning what fans should expect in the 2014 NCAA tournament and how best to cope with it.
Knowing these points won't keep your bracket from imploding, but it will help prepare you for when things get nasty. And things always get nasty in March.