Tournament Central: Everything you need to fill out a winning bracket

NCAA Tournament Central: Bracket advice, $1 Million Challenge, top players, regional breakdowns and other tips for filling out your bracket pool.


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Time's up.

OK, there's a little more time left to turn in your brackets, but the shot clock's off, the ball's in your hands and all that stands between you and March glory is that million-dollar shot.

No matter how much time is (or isn't) left, isn't it worth taking a couple of minutes to bang out one more bracket and go for $1 million?

But if you need a little help, we're here for you.



• One of our experts has some picks . . . and you might want to listen to him; he's already up a grand.

• The field of 64 is finally set. Who's the real pick of the litter?

• Speaking of the field of 64, catch how the final play-in games went down? One big-conference power needed OT to survive, while a giant loser from California stayed alive in Ohio.

• But how will Wednesday's results impact the rest of the tournament?

• And for one coach in particular, guiding his team while dealing with his son's health crisis, Wednesday was particularly rough.

• Another coach just served our nation's vice president. But why?

• Wisconsin got a coveted 2-seed . . . but can the Badgers live up to the billing?

• Florida's a 1 (and many people's favorite). But here's why they're taking nothing for granted.






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The NCAA Tournament is officially underway, with N.C. State taking down Xavier and Albany topping Mount St. Mary's for its first Tournament win in Tuesday night's play-in games.

But don't fret — those games won't make or break your bracket, and we still have another day (and two more play-in games) before the dance music really begins.

So grab your brackets and your pencil (and might as well grab the eraser, too), read on, and get ready to win . . . as much as $1 million.




• Looking for a guy with a chip on his shoulder, looking to carry his team to Jerryworld? This may be your man.

• This one-time Cinderella is back after a decade-long absence. But can she make it back to the ball?

• Ready for buzzer-beaters? Get warmed up with this heart-stopping compilation.

• You knew Doug McDermott could score on the court. Turns out that's not the only place where he can score.

• If the Tournament were decided by brains, who would win? Here's your answer (and it ain't Harvard or Stanford).




10 reasons why March makes us mad Best teams to never win the Tournament
Hoops Heaven: Best shots from this year's tournament






Wednesday play-in preview: Iowa-Tennessee | Watch

Let It Ride: Regional Finals | Watch

Christian Laettner: Who’s the real deal, and who’s just faking it? | Watch

Handicapping the field with Kenny Smith | Watch

Most dangerous game for Wichita State | Watch

Straight talk, homie: Randy Moss picks his Final Four | Watch

Top tournament games to watch this week | Watch

Tournament’s best-kept secret | Watch




OK, you've had a couple days to digest the bracket. You think you know the matchups, but do you know the history? Fortunately, we do.

Thinking of taking a 7-seed to win it all? Might want to think again.

Like Michigan State? There's good reason for it.

And you think Wichita State has the toughest draw of all? Well, so does everyone else. But then . . . who will win the Midwest?

Here are 14 tried-and-true trends — and some predictions based on those trends — to help you take your office pool.




Gallery Video
Who will be this year's FGCU? Marques Johnson, Jon Crispin predict this year's Cinderella




What the rest of the sports world thinks A newcomer's guide to Wichita State
WhatIf simulation: Here's who's cutting down the nets






Tournament's top stories | Watch

Tournament Tweets | Watch

Let It Ride: Sweet 16 Picks | Watch

First-round preview: Albany-Mount St. Mary's | Watch

First-round preview: Xavier-North Carolina State | Watch

68-team simulation | Watch




Selection Sunday is over, now the drama really begins.

Filling out your bracket.

From our FOX College Basketball Insider's take, to all the breakdowns you can handle, we've got everything you need to start breaking down the matchups and filling in the teams.

Oh, yeah . . . we're giving you a shot at a million bucks, too.

So before you turn in those sheets, take a spin through our NCAA Tournament Central.




FOX College Basketball Insider Reid Forgrave has filled in his bracket, and he's admittedly pretty top-heavy.

But he isn't going all chalk, and he's telling you why.

So if you want to know who our in-house expert likes, and why, then click here.

Then click here for your shot at the million.




East Regional Midwest Regional
Virginia has the No. 1 seed, but does it have the look of a winner . . . or a flame-out? Statement Sunday? Wichita State's reward for perfection . . . the toughest draw of them all
South Regional West Regional
After dominating SEC, can Florida get by some of nation's most storied programs? Biggest thing standing between Arizona and the Final Four? Only the nation's top player






Top opening matchups to watch Top players in the Tournament
Best teams left out of the Tournament




Let It Ride: Final Four Picks | Watch

Final Four picks: Who has what it takes? | Watch

Let It Ride: NCAA South Region: Todd & Clay have the answers | Watch

Breaking down the Midwest: Toughest in the tournament | Watch

Breaking down the East: Virginia takes top seed | Watch

Breaking down the West: Arizona takes top seed | Watch

NCAA Tournament first look: A look at the toughest region, low seeds ripe for an upset and much more | Watch

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