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Is there a science to bracketology?

To some people, the month of March means the beginning of spring. To others, it's time to party for St. Patrick's Day. But for college basketball fans, March means only one thing: March Madness. Before you place any bets, though, you need to fill out your bracket.


Nothin' but Net: NBA Trivia Quiz

Nothin' but Net: NBA Trivia Quiz

Are you an NBA trivia expert? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do men really schedule their vasectomies during March Madness?

Do men really schedule their vasectomies during March Madness?

Is there any evidence to suggest that men schedule their vasectomies during March Madness? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Game On: Basketball Quiz

Game On: Basketball Quiz

The basketball quiz will test your knowledge on the game of basketball. Find out how much you know by taking the basketball quiz. See more »

Hustle, Hit and Never Quit: Basketball Pictures

Hustle, Hit and Never Quit: Basketball Pictures

The basketball pictures have images of all your favorite NBA players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Shaquille O'Neal. Check out the basketball image gallery. See more »

Is there a science to bracketology?

Is there a science to bracketology?

Bracketology is the study of the brackets used to pair teams in sporting events. Learn about bracketology and NCAA tournament brackets. See more »

Great Basketball Players

Great Basketball Players

Great basketball players like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird have helped make the NBA such a popular sport. Learn about the great basketball players. See more »

Theo Ratliff's Keys to Success in the NBA

Theo Ratliff's Keys to Success in the NBA

Over his nine years in the NBA, Theo Ratliff has endured everything from a broken wrist to a cracked kneecap – and when he swore off anti-inflammatories, his play time was truly painful. Find out how he changed his approach to training and made himself healthier and more effective throughout the grueling professional basketball season. See more »

How March Madness Works

How March Madness Works

March Madness determines the national champion of college basketball. Learn about the March Madness name, tournament invites and March Madness seed stats. See more »

How Basketball Works

How Basketball Works

The squeak of the shoes, the roar of the coach, the jab of the elbow! To many of us, basketball is the American pastime. Whether you're just getting into the sport or you're a fan looking for a refresher, our primer will bring you up to speed. See more »