In case you want to participate in a bracket challenge but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few websites offering substantial prizes if you can pick the winners:
Rival.com offers a $1 million pot to anyone who can pick a perfect bracket. There are other prizes for those who are somewhat less than perfect.
ESPN offers $10,000 to the person who picks the most correct wins.
CBS Sportsline is also offering $10,000.
Fox is offering a 60 inch flat screen HDTV.
AOL is offering a 42 inch flat screen plasma HDTV.
Want to create your own challenge? Head over to Pick Hoops and set it up.
Want help picking your bracket? Check out the following for recommendations and expert picks:
Yahoo Sports expert predictions
Mike Greenfield’s Power rankings
ESPN’s Bracketology predictions
College HoopsNet’s Predictions
Haven’t a clue who to choose? Use Coke Zero’s Bracket-O-Matic. (I ended up with Florida A&M versus Belmont in the Finals, with Florida A&M winning by setting it to complete Cinderella and Underdog. That would be a tournament worth watching. Upsets in every game— wouldn’t that be fun? The Twilight Zone of college basketball.) If you’re feeling more serious, then use Team Ranking’s Bracket Brains.
My underdog favorite? Vanderbilt. I was there when they won the NIT in 1990, and I would love to see them win the NCAA Tournament.