This is the year.
You're going to get more than one Final Four pick correct. You're going to have the inside knowledge you need to predict a few of those crazy first-round upsets. You're not going to lose your champion on the first weekend again.
We've compiled all the resources you need, straight from the experts who get paid to cover college basketball. They know everything about all 68 teams in the dance and, thanks to their writing prowess, so will you.
Let's get reading.
First up: Print your bracket
Or print five of them, because we know this is going to take some trial-and-error. And even if you're playing online, you can at least show everyone you correctly picked that 14-over-3 upset (we're looking at you, Michigan and Michigan State fans).
• Beat the Freep: Enter our NCAA bracket competition for a chance to win!
Second: A look at your team
It's going to be a fun March Madness for the state of Michigan. Both Michigan and Michigan State are No. 3 seeds, with the Spartans getting home-state advantage in the opening round.
We know Wolverines and Spartans fans alike are tempted to pick their respective teams to go all the way. But should you? Here's what you need to know.
• Michigan's foe: John Beilein knows 'nothing' about Montana
• Michigan State's foe: Bucknell has beaten a No. 3 seed before
Third: A look at every other team
Chances are, you have little to no clue about many of the other teams in the field (unless you're a college basketball super fan and, if so, congratulations). Here's where we come in: A breakdown and capsules of all 68 teams vying for the championship.
• East analysis: The road goes through Villanova (again)
• West analysis: Michigan up against UNC, Xavier
• South analysis: Will Virginia finally break through to Final Four?
• Midwest analysis: Yes, consider MSU, but don't forget about Duke
Fourth: The big upset and sleeper picks
This is where it gets really fun. They don't call it March Madness for nothing. As much as you think some teams are going to roll through the first and second rounds, there's almost always at least one Cinderella team that slips through and shocks the world.
Which team will that be? We have some ideas.
Fifth: What else should I know?
Still unsure about some of those first- and second-round games? There are other tidbits you need to know, such as who's hot going into the tournament, along with key trends, injuries, stats and more. Don't be that person that goes chalk and picks all No. 1 teams to go to the Final Four; that's only happened once in history (2008)!
• The country's best players: USA TODAY All-America teams
• For non-sports fans: Easy ways to complete your bracket
• NCAA championship odds: Virginia, Villanova (6-to-1) lead the way
Sixth: The expert predictions
These folks have been following college basketball all year. Trust them. (Then watch everyone's brackets crash and burn by the first Sunday.)
• Free Press staff picks: Nobody picking U-M or MSU to win it all
• ESPN staff picks: Three analysts like Michigan State to cut down the nets