NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Rules

Tournament Format, and how we play the Prediction game

We join the tournament in its second week in its third round, a.k.a. the “Sweet Sixteen”.

Your job is to pick the winners, and sometimes the margins of victory , before each subsequent round of the tournament.

One entry is permitted per person. Unlimited number of players. Prediction deadlines are set approximately one hour before the first game of each round.

Scoring

Game is scored out a total of 400 points (4 rounds of 100 points each)

Sweet Sixteen (Regionals, Tournament Round of 16) (100 points)

Predict the 8 round of 16 game winners: 10 points each
Bonus points
Player with the most regions (i.e. both game winners) correct: 10 points
Player with the most game winners correct: 10 points

Elite Eight (Regionals, Tournament Quarterfinals) (100 points)

Predict the 4 quarterfinal game winners: 10 points each
Predict the score differential for each game: 10 points less 1 points for each point incorrect (minimum score=zero)
Bonus points
Player with the most game winners correct: 10 points
Player with most score differentials picked within 2 points: 10 points

Final Four (100 points)

Predict the two semifinal game winners: 20 points each
Predict the score differential for each game: 20 points less 2 points for each point incorrect (minimum score=zero)
Bonus points
Player with most game winners correct: 10 points
Player with most score differentials picked within 2 points: 10 points

Championship Game (100 points)

Predict the NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion: 50 points
Predict the score differential: 50 points less 5 points for each point incorrect (minimum score=zero)

Tiebreakers (applied in order)

  1. Best score in Championship Game round
  2. Best Score in Final Four round
  3. Best Score in Elite Eight round

 

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