Is it the most wonderful time of the year? For sports fans, it may very well be. Championship week is over and the NCAA tournament lineup is set, which means it's time to start filling out your brackets, concocting your master plan for calling off work every Thursday for the next three weeks, and preparing for the title game on April 2 in Atlanta.
But before you start tabbing your upset specials and whittling down your Final Four candidates, you've got to do a bit of homework. John Paulsen's Bracket Breakdown tells you everything you need to know about the four regions, including which #1 seed has the easiest path to the Final Four, which region has the toughest #4 seed, and which team should instead be headed to the NIT Tournament this week. On Tuesday, March 13, John will offer up his Five Tips to Bracket Domination to help you take home the winner's pot this year. Finally, come back Wednesday, March 14 for John's Tourney Countdown, which will identify five of the most important factors that will come into play during the 2007 tournament.
Which #1 seed is most vulnerable? Who's ripe for a big upset? Which dark horse will emerge as this year's Cinderella? John's got it all here.
Tired of getting punked in your brackets each March? While John's five tips won't guarantee you'll win it all this year, they should help ensure you don't get beat by your buddy's girlfriend who picked Kansas to go all the way because she thinks their mascot is cute.
Don't fill out your brackets until you have all the info. John identifies the tournament's biggest stories in his Tourney Countdown, including the four big-school players who hold the keys to the Final Four and the three mid-majors who may crash the Sweet Sixteen.
March Madness hasn't been all that mad up to this point, but John hopes that changes with the start of the Sweet Sixteen. Who's got the edge in each matchup? John takes a closer look.
John says we couldn't have two better Final Four matchups. A pair of seven-footers square off in the Ohio State/Georgetown game, while Florida and UCLA clash in a rematch of last year's title bout. Who's going to come out on top? John breaks down each game.
We've heard this one before: Ohio State and Florida meet in the National Championship game. John says the Buckeyes are playing their best ball of the season heading into Monday's title game, but the battle-tested Gators should prevail, just like they did in Arizona three months ago.