Basketball is all well and good (we love any sport you can attend indoors). But isn’t it time you put your competitive nature toward something you actually care about? Namely, puppies.

Presenting PureWow’s first-ever March Wagness Tournament of Champions.

In the style of a single-elimination NCAA bracket, we bring you 16 dogs battling it out for the title of PureWow Dog of the Year.

Here’s how it works: Starting today, we’re hosting a week’s worth of pup-to-pup matchups on our Facebook page. Every day, we’ll post a handful of nail-biting, paw-wringing competitions (Hugo vs. Mingus! Cricket vs. Bruce Wayne!), and you’ll vote for the most deserving canine. It’s not all about cuteness, people--ok, it mostly is.

Check back with us each day to vote. The winning dog from every contest will move on to the next round, and voting for the final matchup will remain open through the weekend. As for the champion, we’ll announce him or her first thing Monday morning.

Start now by taking a look at the (pretty adorable) gallery of contestants, printing out an official bracket and making your picks.

And remember: While the competition may be “ruff,” every dog will have its day.

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