We've compiled a number of experts' completed NCAA Tournament 2012 brackets for you to study while making your March Madness picks.
When deciding who may make a Cinderella run to the Final Four and become this year's Virginia Commonwealth University, or which big dogs will fall early, like Kansas losing in the second round in 2010, these analysts have some insight that may prove helpful.
Some people choose their favorite teams based on their alma mater or hometown (#14 BYU going all the way, baby!), while others make their selections based on uniforms or other silly criteria.
But you'd do better to let the experts show you how it's done (though they're often not much better than the guy in the next cubicle over), and these brackets should assist you in making competent choices.
Because you don't want to be that guy or gal in the office pool who picked Lehigh to go all the way.
There are no selections here yet from ESPN analysts, no President Barack Obama, and few other truly high-profile bracketology masters' picks here yet, as it is very early in the selection process. But as more prominent people post their picks for the world to see, we'll be sure to post them so you can cheat off them (sorry, take their opinions into account), too.
Here's our lineup of experts' completed brackets, complete with links to articles in which they describe their picks:
1. Bill Connelly's Bracket: SB Nation writer Bill Connelly's bracket is fairly safe at the end, having Kentucky beat Kansas for the title. But once you look at the details, it's a little edgier than it initially seems, as Syracuse falls to Kansas State and Harvard knocks out Vanderbilt in his East play alone. A little bit out there, but he seems to relish in odd choices, as he has Baylor and Wichita State in the Elite Eight, but his sleeper choice of Florida State in the Final Four doesn't seem that out of sync with a storyline that seems to be gaining popularity in the build-up to March Madness. Either way, follow Connelly's more controversial picks at your own risk.
: Austin American-Statesman writer Kirk Bohls is not sentimental about the University of Texas in his bracket, which has them falling in the first round. Maybe that's a sign that he's a good, even-headed judge of talent worth taking cues from when making your NCAA Tournament selections this year:: Grantland sports writer Jay Kang's NCAA Tournament bracket is fairly straightforward, and doesn't take too many major bets. FSU in the Final Four is a pretty popular pick this year, but his Harvard over Vandy and Wisconsin may be a little off-base. Maybe it's the Linsanity that has made this a less-than-rare choice. And UNC falling to Kansas is pretty typical, though Duke losing to Xavier is a fool's bet. Here's his selections, make of them what you will:t: Under no circumstances should you pay attention to these choices. They are based entirely on the team's uniforms, and as you can see, have no relation to who will actually do well in the tourney. In other words, please don't put LIU-Brooklyn in the Final Four.ESPN.com