Last year, I ran a March Madness pool with some friends that turned out to be pretty fun. This year, I figured I’d open it up to my whole network. It’s a pool that revolves around the tournament, but doesn’t involve brackets.
Here’s how it works: create a lineup of players from each of the 16 seeds. Points that each of your 16 players score throughout the tournament will be tallied up. The lineup with the most total points scored throughout the tournament wins. Simple, but pretty fun.
A few notes:
- Your lineup should consist of not only players that you think will put up big points, but also ones that are on teams that you expect to make a deep tournament run.
- Your picks must consist of one player from each of the 16 seeds. For example, you’ll pick one player from the #1 seeds, one player from the #2 seeds, etc. There will be some overlapping picks amongst the top seeds, but the mid to lower seeds will be all over the place.
- Your 16 players must consist of 9 guards and 7 forwards/centers.
- If the play-in games will impact your pick for the #16 seed, then don’t submit your lineup until after those games play out.
- I’ll run it all through e-mail and will send out scoring updates after each round.
- Each lineup is $5 to enter. You can enter as many lineups as you wish.
- Payouts will be the following: 1st = 70%, 2nd = 20%, 3rd = 10%
If you’re interested, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will follow up with a mass e-mail early in the week with more instructions on how to pay (it’ll be through PayPal) and also a spreadsheet on which you can make your picks. Feel free to forward this on to anyone you know.
UPDATE: Click here to download the picks spreadsheet.