A ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis as Middle Tennessee's shoots during NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 20, 2010. Middle Tennessee plays Mississippi State in a first-round game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA Tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one? The team here at UPC will be running its third annual March Madness pool — open to all of our readers — with no entry fee.

You won’t want to miss the deadline to enter your picks, because we’ll be handing out hardware to those who reach the top of the rankings. The owners of the top three brackets will all win two (2) tickets to either see an upcoming show at The Canopy Club (Flatbush Zombies, Big Gigantic, illRock Block Party, etc) along with some surprise merchandise.

Click here to submit your bracket. You’ll need to create an ESPN account or log in to your pre-existing one. In case you run into a problem, peep the group name below – the group is public, so there is no password needed. The deadline to fill out your bracket will be Thursday, March 17th at 12:15 pm CT. We’ll also keep you up to date on the standings as the action unfolds, so be sure to keep checking the site throughout each round of the tournament. Good luck to all!

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