It's finally that time of year again, and no, we aren't talking about spring. March Madness is upon us, and in addition to watching your favorite team try to make it through the NCAA Tournament, you get the added thrill of being able to show off your basketball expertise with the picks in your NCAA bracket. With the first regular game of the tournament slated for a 12:15 p.m. ET tip off, time is rapidly running out to submit your NCAA bracket, so it's time to do your last minute research and get those picks in. Choose from one of the open bracket challenges below to get started.
ESPN Tournament Challenge
Go here to make your picks using ESPN. You will need to register for an ESPN account if you don't already have one. Alternatively, you can download the free ESPN Tournament Challenge app to your iPhone or Android device to make your picks and easily track the tournament from your smartphone. You also have the option to opt in for the $10,000 Best Buy gift card contest. If your bracket is one of the top one percent of brackets at the end of the tournament, your name will be in a drawing to win the high value gift card.
Yahoo! Sports Tourney Pick 'Em
First for the bad news: you're too late to enter the Billion Dollar Bracket Contest (but, hey, the odds of that were one in 9 trillion anyway, plus you had to submit your phone number to be inevitably annoyed by some telemarketer, so it's not a total loss). Now that we're past the bad news, sign up here (you'll need a Yahoo! account) to get started on your NCAA bracket and compete for bragging rights. If a friend has a private pool, you'll need the group ID and password to submit your bracket there. Otherwise, create your own group or join a group for one of the NCAA Tournament teams. You can also access this Tourney Pick 'Em from apps available for the iPhone and Android devices.
CBS Sports Bracket Challenge
Another popular NCAA bracket option is on CBS Sports. If you're on your iPhone or Android, download the CBS Sports app to submit your picks if you think that will be quicker for you. Sign up for an account (or link your Facebook account to CBS to make registration a little quicker), and then choose from the Play With Friends or Play for Prizes options. You will have to include your personal information, including your phone number and mailing address, if you play for prizes, but you will have the chance to win a 2015 Final Four tickets package.
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