They call it March Madness for a reason.
No matter how hard we try every year, no matter how many times we think we have the key to winning our March Madness office pool, our brackets blow up in our faces and we’re left with nothing but a crumbled-up piece of paper – and a lighter wallet.
With help from USA Today Sports, here is a comprehensive resource of links, videos and analysis on all 68 NCAA tournament teams to get you prepared to fill out your winning bracket this week.
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Region-by-region capsules and analysis
■ East region: Even as the region's fourth-seeded team, Michigan State's blend of size, experience, senior leadership and coaching makes the Spartans the region's best bet to reach Dallas.
■ Midwest region: Despite getting a No. 4 seed, at least one line lower than expected, the bracket shakes out pretty well for Louisville.
■ South region: A year after the UCLA Bruins fired Ben Howland because of a program that wasn't winning enough and was seemingly veering off-track, the Bruins find themselves on track and definitely – so far, anyway – winning enough.
■ West region: Never mind the loss to UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game. With a battle-tested squad led by All-America junior guard Nick Johnson (16.2 points) and freshman forward Aaron Gordon (12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds), Sean Miller has his best Arizona team yet.
■ The entire round of 64: First-round play-in games aside, the USA Today Sports team briefly tackles each Thursday and Friday matchup. Who moves on to the field of 32?
Rules and tips you must follow
■ Five key rules: Why you should choose an experienced team to win it all, why not to follow traditional statistics, plus more rules to live by when scribbling out your bracket.
■ March Madness, by the numbers: Want a better NCAA tournament bracket? Listen to the numbers. USA Today Sports’ Reid Cherner breaks them all down, tells you what you need to know and why you must do the math.
■ Video breakdown: USA Today Sports’ Nicole Auerbach with quick tips on how to win your office pool.
What upsets should you pick?
■ The anatomy of an upset: USA Today Sports’ Nicole Auerbach breaks down how upsets happen in the NCAA tournament and the three key things to watch from an upset hopeful. Read this before you decide to pencil Wofford in for the Round of 32.
Sleepers and busts
■ Teams to watch this March: Some high seeds are destined to fail. Some low seeds are a Final Four run waiting to happen. USA Today Sports’ Daniel Uthman and John Ewing are all over it. Who are the Cinderellas? Who are the disappointments?