|Scoring Your March Madness Bracket|
How do you score the rounds for the March Madness Office Pool?
There are 6 rounds to the NCAA tournament, for each correct winner picked, a player is awarded points based on what round the winner is picked in. In most cases, and the way I feel it should be, the points per round increase as the tournament progresses. I have seen pools ran that award 1 point for every game picked correctly no matter which round it is. The chart below shows possible scoring by round systems, if you read further down the page we explain which system we think works best. Check out our Fillable March Madness Bracket which allows you to completely customize your bracket before printing. This includes filling in the points per round, giving your bracket a title, and typing in any notes/rules you want the participants of your pool to know.
NCAA Point Systems used by ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS:
These are the top 3 online Tournament Challenge sites.
As you can see, CBS and Yahoo both use the same scoring system and even though ESPN has higher point values they are exactly proportioned to Yahoo and CBS(each round is 10x the amount of points). Remember the point value shown is for each game, multiply the number of games per round by the points per game/round then add all of the rounds together to come up with the Total Points Possible.
Round 1 - 32 Games
Round 2 - 16 Games
Round 3 - 8 Games
Round 4 - 4 Games
Round 5 - 2 Games
Round 6 - 1 Game
What system do we use?
Yes, the NCAA has really threw us for a loop with these new play in games. It wouldn't be so bad if all four of the play-in games were going to make up the 16 seed in each different region. But, the NCAA committee has decided they need to have a couple of 11 and 13 seeds participate in these play-in games instead of two of the 16 seeds. Anyway, you're still wondering how to incorporate these games into your office pool. Well you basically have two options:
I prefer to use option 1 as it allows more time for you to pass out and receive back your entries into the pool.
Other Scoring Methods
You could also try a "multiplier pool", where each game you pick correctly, the "seed" number is multiplied by the points in that round.
Example using the 1,2,3,4,6,10 system:
A #1 seed in the 6th round is worth 10 points, a #2 seed would be worth 20 points.
Our new Fillable March Madness Bracket allows you to type in the points by round and then print the bracket, no more handwriting on the bracket!
If you need help filling out your brackets check out our March Madness Strategy to ensure your best chances of winning your office pool.