The NCAA Tournament starts this week. We've put together a printable bracket, where you can write down your picks (probably in pencil, at this point) and pin them to your bulletin board at home or in the office.
This has been an unpredictable year in college basketball, which makes pegging the bracket harder this year than it's been in most other years, when it's still plenty difficult.
Even when there's a consensus favorite in the 68-team field (such as Kentucky last season), there's nothing resembling a guarantee. This year, there isn't anything approaching a head-and-shoulders pick over the rest of the country, so the world is left with a tournament crapshoot.
That isn't to say there aren't favorites. The four No. 1 seeds – Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon – stand out, and Michigan State is a No. 2 seed that plenty of observers think deserved to be on the top seeding line. That didn't happen, but the Spartans will be dangerous, headlined by National Player of the Year candidate (favorite?) Denzel Valentine. They're coming off a Big Ten Tournament win and look primed for a classic Tom Izzo March run.
The 68-team tournament will narrow to 64 on Tuesday and Wednesday, with four play-in games. The most interesting of those is probably No. 11 seeds Michigan against Tulsa, pitting John Beilein's Wolverines against the last at-large team included in the entire event. Whoever wins will move on to face Notre Dame.
Four conferences tied with seven tournament bids apiece. After the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten, the Big East managed to put five teams in the field, while the American placed four. The ACC got two No. 1 seeds, leaving that league in position to have strong Final Four representation.