March Madness 2011 Predictions: Quick Tips to Help Craft the Winning Bracket

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March Madness 2011 Predictions: Quick Tips to Help Craft the Winning Bracket
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Well, it's that time again.

By now, your bracket has already been printed and the matchups have already been analyzed. You've already started to think about the effects of a zone defense on Jimmer Fredette, and most likely you've already made a plan to somehow get scores and/or watch the games from your cubicle on Thursday and Friday.

It must be March.

Yes, we learned which 68 teams will be battling over the next three weekends to make it to Houston on that first Monday Night in April and possibly walk away with the title of National Champions. But now begins the either absolutely fun or torturous part of this annual American tradition: filling out the bracket.

Yes, brackets can be a cruel science to master. Just one upset can make the entire thing utterly useless, save for maybe a handy plate for wings or other sport-watching snacks. There's so much to consider. What will the big upset be, what high seeds won't show up, do you pick against Duke just because? All of these are valid concerns when trying to make the perfect bracket.

Don't fear though, because we have some tips for you to try and make the perfect bracket. We're going to look at some of the time-honored traditions when it comes to making a bracket, like who has the cooler uniform and could a Tiger beat a Wildcat.

But we're going to be looking at the brackets and giving you some key information such as which high seeds to avoid (spoiler alert: their mascot is a Gator) and which second round matchups could be problematic for the favorites. We're also going to break down which is the most likely No. 12 to beat a No. 5 and whether any smaller seeds have a chance to make a run.

So keep reading for the tips needed to make your bracket a winning one.

For more March Madness, check out Bleacher Report's NCAA Tournament page and download a printable bracket.

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