Coheed And Cambria Eye A Repeat MTV Musical March Madness Victory

Our tournament begins March 14, but Coheed and Cambria are already gearing up for another championship.

In 2010, [artist id=”1241952″]Coheed and Cambria[/artist] entered MTV’s Musical March Madness as an unheralded 15 seed and quickly rattled off a series of startling upsets — against #2 seed Paramore, #10 Mastodon, #6 Phish and #13 Alice in Chains — to advance to the final four, where they outlasted Tokio Hotel in an epochal (and, some might say, fishy) battle to reach the MMM championship game .

And in that championship matchup, they outlasted a game My Chemical Romance to claim the MMM trophy .

It was, to say the least, a shocking victory, one Coheed attributed to their fervent fanbase, and it set them up as automatic qualifiers in the 2011 tournament. And with the reveal of our full MMM bracket just days away (we’ll unveil it on Monday), we caught up with C&C frontman Claudio Sanchez at his training compound in upstate New York to discuss his band’s chances of repeating as champs. And from the sound of things, Sanchez isn’t taking anything for granted this time around.

“Sometimes I don’t really like setting myself up for defeat, you know?” he laughed.

It’s a humility that most champions just don’t possess. And while Sanchez still likes his band’s chances — even though they’ll face stout challenges from the likes of Linkin Park , Adele and Panic! at the DiscoMTV’s 2011 Musical March Madness Tournament begins Monday, March 14, when we reveal the full field of 64 bands that will battle for the championship. Winners are determined by fan votes, so if your favorite act made the cut, it’ll be up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM … but get ready, it’s gonna be a war.