March Madness brackets are due on Thursday, March 15.
Building the perfect bracket is all but impossible— you have a 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 chance of doing it this year — but that’s no reason not to try. Just like any team in the field of 68 can string together a few perfect games to become the national champion, any person can put together a bracket and get lucky enough to win their pool.
If you’re not a die-hard basketball fan or are almost fully unfamiliar with the sport this year, the prospect of filling out a bracket can be a bit daunting, but it shouldn’t be! Anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament, and even the best of experts are only guessing when they suggest their locks for the Sweet 16 and potential upset picks.
Whether you choose to play it safe and pick mostly favorites or go wild imagining mascot fights, here are a few suggestions for making the process of building your bracket a bit easier.