Your guide to dominating March Madness


What I’m Hearing: According to USA TODAY’s Scott Gleeson, the NET score metric is the reason one potential Cinderella team feels they got snubbed from the tournament.

USA TODAY Sports provides a one-stop for the 2018 NCAA tournament with all the analysis and insight you’ll need to win your office pool. 

First off, you’ll definitely need a bracket. You can print one here

Next, make sure you create your own bracket pool and invite your friends to join USA TODAY Sports Brackets. Worried about making some regrettable picks? Our bracket game is the first of its kind to allow fans to switch their picks during live tournament games this March Madness. Read more about it here

Before we forget, let us introduce you to the 68 teams dancing this March and the No. 1 seeds: Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga

Now lets get into the details. Here’s region-by-region breakdowns that dissect each region and every team’s strengths and weaknesses, including their current winning/losing streak and the best players that can dominate in March:

TEAM CAPSULES: East | South | West | Midwest



SMART UPSET PICKS: Check out the four smartest upset picks in the first round to help you win your pool. 

DON’T COUNT ON US:  The teams on this list have been ranked in the Top 25 a majority of the season, but don’t rely on them to make a deep run. Each could run into trouble early in the tournament.

And here’s a few of our experts’ picks: 





The best of USA TODAY Sports’ NCAA tournament coverage: 

Tournament Central

– Though this has not been college basketball’s finest season, Nancy Armour writes all that can change with an NCAA tournament that thrills your soul. 

– Zion Williamson’s return from injury and dominant play in the ACC tournament reminds us that he has flipped the script on one-and-done chatter, writes Dan Wolken.

Selection Sunday

March Sadness: Here are the eight biggest snubs of this year’s tournament field, starting with mid-major UNC-Greensboro and the Big Ten’s Indiana. In short, Spartans coach Wes Miller and Indiana coach Archie Miller (unrelated Millers) both weren’t happy with their fate in the NIT. 

March happiness: Belmont coach Rick Byrd and his Bruins were one of the last four teams to squeeze into the field of 68 on Selection Sunday, causing a hyped response from the players and an emotional one from the longtime coach, who couldn’t fight back the tears when Belmont rolled of Greg Gumbel’s tongue.  

Selection committee’s bad calls: Several teams were over-seeded and under-seeded. Here’s a look at the committee’s five biggest head-scratchers from an otherwise decent selection show. 

NOSTALGIA: A blast from the past to get die-hard fans hyped.

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