Get ready for March Madness with Realtime Brackets

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Confetti covers the Final Four logo after the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Confetti covers the Final Four logo after the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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March Madness is just around the corner. This year, don’t burn your bracket after day one. Instead, play Realtime Brackets with us for a prize.

Look, we’ve all been there. You watch college hoops all season long, spending countless hours consuming game after game. Anxiously you await Selection Sunday, print out a bracket and count down the hours until March Madness officially begins.

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Then after the first two days you’re tearing your bracket up and throwing it away. Meanwhile, your brother-in-law who “doesn’t really watch” managed to be near-perfect, all by making his picks based on uniform color.

Well guess what? That’s not happening this year.

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Because this year, you’ll be playing Realtime Brackets – the only app that allows you to switch your picks live during tournament games.

How’s it work?

We’re glad you asked.

Basically, the longer the games go, the fewer points are rewarded for correct picks. If you’re confident a No. 12 seed is beating a No. 5 before tip-off, you’ll be rewarded max points. But if at halftime the No. 5 is up by 20 points and you want to switch, go right ahead (for fewer points, of course).

The final chance you’ll have to change your pick is during the four-minute mark of each game. The Realtime Brackets app will provide a notification during this time, so you can get your swaps in, if need be.

But let’s say that No. 12 seed loses a heart-breaker and you never changed your mind. Is your bracket busted? Nope. Just re-pick for the next round. You’ll be docked some points, but at least you won’t be throwing that bracket in the trash.

So join us all here at FanSided and play alongside us during March Madness.

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The brackets will open on Sunday, March 11 (Selection Sunday). The first game of the NCAA Tournament will begin on Thursday, March 15 at noon eastern time. So don’t miss out on all the March Madness fun with Realtime Brackets. The prize, which will be awarded to the winner, we be announced at a later date.