NCAA Tournament bracket tips: Everything you need to dominate your 2021 March Madness pool

It's finally here. 

After a one-year hiatus, the NCAA Tournament returns with all 68 men's basketball teams heading to Indianapolis to take part in March Madness. 

USA TODAY Sports is here with your one-stop shop for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with all the analysis and insight you'll need to win your bracket pool. 

From the five teams you shouldn't count on to the teams that are primed to pull off an upset, this is the place for all your bracket needs. 

Or course, you'll first need a bracket. You can print one out here! 

You'll also want in on USA TODAY Sports' online brackets. Enter our pool or create your own and invite friends! And check out our experts' picks. The No. 1 seeds this year went to Gonzaga, which enters the NCAA Tournament unbeaten at 26-0, Baylor, Illinois and Michigan. 

Team-by-team primer

Check out our NCAA Tournament capsules for a full region-by-region breakdown of all 68 teams participating in March Madness: 

CAPSULES FOR EVERY TEAM:   East  |  Midwest  |  South  |  West

DON'T COUNT ON US: These teams have been ranked all season. But don't rely on them in March.

UPSET PICKS: Full list of first-round upsets March Madness that our experts picked

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SMART UPSET PICKS: The four smartest first-round upset picks of March Madness

Expert March Madness bracket picks

You'll also want to check out bracket picks made by experts across the USA TODAY Network: 

  • Scott Gleeson's bracket. 
  • Dan Wolken's bracket.
  • Keith Jenkins' bracket.
  • Gregg Doyel's bracket.     
  • Michelle Gardner's bracket.

The NCAA Tournament is back and we're dishing out all the assists you need to win your bracket pool. (Photo: NCAA)

Everything you need to know about the bracket from Selection Sunday

NO. 1s: USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour illuminates how No. 1 seeds are well-deserved for Gonzaga and Baylor and how it's been a long time coming following last year's cancellation when the two programs were also expected to be top seeds.  

MISTAKES: USA TODAY Sports college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson writes about the six biggest mistakes the selection committee – the unofficial villain of March Madness – made. 

SNUBS: Here's a look at the seven teams that got snubbed and left out of the field of 68, including Louisville and three other replacement teams that could be called upon if an NCAA Tournament team cannot meet COVID-19 protocols by Tuesday. 

TEARS OF JOY: Wichita State, a bubble team that was the last to make the field, went bonkers after hearing the Shockers' name called on Selection Sunday.

UNEXPECTED MARCH: USA TODAY Sports reporter Paul Myerberg writes about March Oddness and to expect the unexpected in this most unpredictable NCAA Tournament. 

COVID-19: Virginia, Kansas earn NCAA Tournament berths, but will they play?

GAMBLING ODDS: Gonzaga leads the way currently at +275 to win the national championship. Ten teams are +50000.

Cinderellas

Here's a look at four teams that could play spoiler as a bracket-busting giant killer this year:

SportsPulse: It's time to fill out your bracket and our college basketball guru Scott Gleeson is here to provide you four potential Cinderellas that will either bust your bracket or help you rise above the rest.

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Blast from the past

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  • Top March Madness teams of all-time
  • Top March Madness moments of all-time
  • NCAA tourney players you love to hate
  • Best Cinderella teams of all-time

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