NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Challenge

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Rules

 

Entry Forms

 

Each completed Entry Form will cost $10.00.  There is no limit to how many Entry Forms you may submit, provided each has a discrete name.  Forms are due in by 12:00 noon on Thursday.

 

Please note that there will be four play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, but these games will not be included in our contest.  (You can pick them if you like but if they win, you don’t get any points.  However, when it comes time to pick the Thursday and Friday games, those do count.  So if you select one of these “play-in” teams to win a first round game in the field of 64, then you get points if you are correct.  The point is, go ahead and pick the entire bracket.  It just won’t matter if you’re right or not until we get to the field of 64.)

 

When completing your picks, all picks must be logical.  This means that any team you predict to win in a particular round must also have been predicted as a winner in the preceding round.

 

A copy of each participant’s entry form will be scanned in and available for viewing here on the network on the Friday after the tournament starts.

 

Awards

 

All entry fees will be pooled together and will be apportioned and awarded as follows:

 

Highest Score

=  50%

2nd Place

=  35%

3rd Place

=  15%

 

Points

 

Rankings for the monetary awards will be determined using the following point system.  There are two ways to earn points.

 

First, points are gained each time the winner of any particular game is correctly predicted.  The points increase with each round of the tournament, as follows:

 

1st round

=  1 point each

Sweet Sixteen

=  2 points each

3rd round

=  3 points each

Final Four

=  4 points each

Finals

=  5 points each

National Champion

=  6 points

 

The second way to win points is to earn “bonus points” by correctly picking an upset (lower seed defeating a higher seed).  The number of bonus points earned for each upset increases as the upsets get more unlikely.  This means that, if you take chances with your picks, you will be rewarded should the underdog prevail.  The following formula will be used to assess how many bonus points are earned for any given upset:

 

Bonus Points = ((seed number of the winner – seed number of the loser) / 2.5) + 0.5 (result rounded to the nearest integer)

 

Here is a chart to make calculating your bonus points easier:

 

 

                                     winner’s  seed

 

loser’s

seed

 

16

15

14

13

12

11

10

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

 7

 6

 6

 5

 5

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

2

 6

 6

 5

 5

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

3

 6

 5

 5

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

4

 5

 5

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

5

 5

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

6

 5

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

7

 4

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

8

 4

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

9

 3

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

10

 3

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

11

 3

 2

 2

 1

 1

12

 2

 2

 1

 1

13

 2

 1

 1

14

 1

 1

15

 1

 

Tiebreaker

 

In the event that there is a tie between participants’ total scores after the final game is played, the person with the highest number of correct picks overall will prevail.  In the event any two people with the same score are also tied in the total number of correct picks, then the person with the highest number of correct picks by round will prevail, starting with the first round and, if necessary, continuing with the second round, third round, and so forth until the tie is broken.

 

Updates

 

Updates will be provided as frequently as possible during the tournament, ranking all of the participants with each’s current score.