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Battle of the Brackets: Sign up to make your picks for the Courier's NCAA Tournament contest
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The Daily Courier sports department is hosting a "Battle of the Brackets" contest this year and those interested have until 9 a.m. Arizona time Thursday morning to make their picks for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. (Courier graphic)

The Daily Courier sports department is hosting a "Battle of the Brackets" contest this year and those interested have until 9 a.m. Arizona time Thursday morning to make their picks for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. (Courier graphic)

PRESCOTT VALLEY — March Madness is finally here!

The Daily Courier sports department is hosting a "Battle of the Brackets" contest this year and those interested have until 9 a.m. Arizona time Thursday morning to make their picks for the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

To register for this year's contest, please click here, then click the "Sign Up Now" button on the top right of the page.

The Courier will have six entrants this season, with news/sports editor Brian M. Bergner Jr., senior news editor Tim Wiederaenders and sports reporter Doug Cook returning this year, while community editor Douglas Graham, photo editor Les Stukenberg and Northern Arizona Suns coach Bret Burchard are newcomers.

And this year, you'll get to see our up-to-date standings and compete against the Courier's best tournament pickers!

The Courier's defending champion is Wiederaenders, who finished 35-27 and scored 56 points for the victory, squeaking past Bergner (55 points, 34-28) for the title.

POINT VALUES

This year's point system will work differently to coincide with the online entry contest. It is as follows:

1st Round: 2 points

2nd Round: 4 points

Sweet 16: 8 points

Elite 8: 16 points

Final Four: 32 points

Championship: 64 points

SCORES, STANDINGS

Follow Bergner on Twitter at @TheEditorDesk, or use the hashtags #CourierSports and #BattleOfTheBrackets for all your score updates and contest standings as the tournament progresses.

The Courier sports team will reveal the Top 10 standings each day in The Daily Courier and online at dCourier.com.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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