MOUNT VERNON — Those NCAA brackets look to be wide open this year.

Once again, picking the right winners could get you some dough.

Along with several dozen newspapers across the country, the Mount Vernon News will carry this year’s BRACKETBUCKS Basketball Contest in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Grand prize for a perfect bracket is $25,000.

Pairing and seedings for this year’s tournament were announced Sunday. The contest will appear in the News today and Tuesday.

Hand-delivered entry forms must be in by noon on Thursday. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked by Wednesday. Any late entries will not be counted. Multiple entries from the same person will not be counted.

The object of the game is to amass as many of the 2,000 possible points as you can. Points are accumulated based on the correct predictions on which teams will win the 63 tournament games from the first round on. Team selections must be made before the first tournament game starts on Thursday at noon.

In addition to the overall grand prize winner, a local winner will be named from each sponsoring newspaper. The local winner of $100 will have accumulated the most points from the entries received at the News.

Winners will be announced the week of April 3. Updates will be posted throughout the tournament.



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