Duke, St. Joe's, Kentucky, Stanford; Photos: AP, Reuters, Getty, AP

Fill out those brackets! The Road to San Antonio begins. It's that time of year, sports fans nationwide are making their picks, filling out their brackets, hoping they choose the winner of this year's NCAA Basketball Tournament. Which one of the 65 teams will emerge as champion?

Gothamist remembers winning once way back in high school, but has not had tournament success since. For those IRS auditors out there, we were playing with imaginary money. Gothamist, like the NCAA, does not encourage sports wagering, but if you must, check out our official tournament bracket (.PDF file - print it, copy it, distribute it).

Unfortunately, Gothamist doesn't have any of our alma maters in the tournament, so we're going to pull for the local teams. While the they are unlikely to be crowned champions, you can never count them out from being a Cinderella team. Manhattan, Mounmouth, Seton Hall, and Princeton are all in the mix.

Manhattan (24-5), from the MAAC, looks like an excellent Cinderella pick. Led by Luis Flores, Manhattan looks to make it through the first weekend of games to the Sweet Sixteen. Flores is Manhattan's new career scoring leader, grew up in Washington Heights and from Norman Thomas High School. Last year, the Jaspers lost to Syracuse, the eventual champion, in the first round. This year, they take play Florida in the first round, where the relationship between the two coaches spans 20 years. Mounmouth (21-11), representing the NEC, finished the season undefeated at home and is making its third tournament appearance. The Hawks are led by junior forward Blake Hamilton, and Coach Dave Calloway is happy to be in the dance. Both Manhattan and Mounmouth received automatic bids to the tourney after winning their respective conference tournaments. Seton Hall (20-9) is in the tournament as an at-large bid, despite losing in the first round of the Big East tournament on a last second shot. Andre Barrett, from Rice High School in The Bronx, leads the Pirates in their quest for the championship. Princeton, the Ivy League champions, meet up with Texas, a team that it is familiar with, playing them three times in the last six seasons with a 4-1 record against Texas on neutral courts. The Tigers are led by Wallace Judson, a first-team All-Ivy player.

Gothamist likes Manhattan to make it into the Sweet Sixteen, Seton Hall to lose to Duke in the second round, and both Monmouth and Princeton to lose in the first round. After about five minutes of analysis, and a few hours of TV watching, Gothamist is picking Kentucky to win. We're in New York, our teams aren't in the tournament, so we're going to jump on the UK bandwagon. We like UConn as their matchup in the final game. If you're looking for some final four teams, we recommend Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in addition to Kentucky and UConn.

The NCAA Women's Tournament starts Saturday and ends April 6th in New Orleans. Making the trip locally is the Red Foxes of Marist (20-10) who are making their first-ever tournament appearance and are representing the MAAC. Head Coach, Brian Giorgis is the MAAC Coach of the Year.

The men's tournament starts Thursday, when you can catch it on CBS. The woman's tournament starts Saturday and can be seen on ESPN. After Sunday for the men and next tuesday for the women, 49 teams will be eliminated, leaving us with the Sweet Sixteen. Mmm...sweet sixteen. Gothamist wishes we were in Vegas parked in a sports book, but we'll be stuck at work, constantly reloading CBS Sportsline for updates.