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DENVER - From the color of the team's jersey to the strength of the mascot, everyone seems to have a strategy when it comes to filling out their bracket for the NCAA tournament.

To help you pick the right winners and hopefully win your office pool, 9NEWS consulted an expert. Nicole Auerbach is the national college basketball reporter for our partner - USA Today.

This year, she doesn't think there will be as many upsets as there have been in years past. Auerbach told 9NEWS that's because there were so many upsets in the conference tournaments.

That's not to say there won't be any surprises. Auerbach thinks Providence College could go on a run and calls them "one of the hottest teams in the country."

The Friars beat Creighton in New York City on Saturday night. They'll take on North Carolina in the first round. Another team she thinks could go far: Harvard.

The Crimson punched their ticket to the tournament with a win against the Yale Bulldogs. In last year's tournament, Harvard upset New Mexico.

Unfortunately, Auerbach was not as optimistic about the Colorado Buffaloes. She thinks the 8-seed Buffs have been pretty inconsistent this season, and she says the game against Pittsburgh could be pretty tough. Even if the Buffs beat the Panthers, their next matchup wouldn't be any easier. They would likely have to face the number one overall seed: the Florida Gators.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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