Rules

ENTRY FORMS

Use the links on this page to fill out a complete bracket (Link active after brackets released). Your FULL NAME and email address are required. I will not give out your email address to anyone.

Enter as often as you like. You must use a different name on each entry sheet or you will overwrite previous entries.

For instance, Entry 1 should be named, Smith, John 1 and then Entry 2 should be named, Smith, John 2. Failure to do this and you will overwrite your previous entry.  If this happens, there is no way to recover your previous entry.

So, If you have multiple entries, put a number after your name (ex: Smith, John 1, Smith, John2, etc).

You may use the same email address for multiple entries.

2017 Information

Bracket:
Selection Sunday, March 12, 2017. The bracket will be available sometime after the teams have been selected Sunday night.

Bracket Close:
Entries must be received before noon EDT on Thursday, March 16, 2017 (prior to the start of the first game of Round 2).

NCAA 68 Game Format – IMPORTANT

The NCAA has expanded the tournament field from 65 teams with one Play-in Game to 68 teams with four Play-in Games. In each case, 64 teams end up competing in the MEANINGFUL bracket that is used by the Tournament.

The NCAA increased the number of Play-in Games from one to four. The region and the bracket of each Play-in Game, now called The First Four Match-ups, will be announced during the March 17th Selection Sunday show.

As in the past, points will not be awarded for picking the winners of First Four Match-up play-in games. Does anyone really care about the play-in games anyway?

Brackets will be accepted after the NCAA announces the seeds on Selection Sunday, March 15th. If you are concerned the outcome of the First Four Match-ups may impact your bracket, simply wait until after the Play-in Games have been completed on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to submit your bracket.

We will treat First Four Match-ups similar to how the single play-in game was managed the past few years. When the brackets are posted on Selection Sunday we will show both play-in teams in the First Four Match-ups slots on the bracket (example: XU/PU).

The MarchMelee bracket will be updated on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, after First Four Matchups winners have been determined. Tournament participants will not be rewarded or penalized for the outcomes of First Four Match-up games. The winning teams of First Four Match-ups will be shown in the 64-Team bracket after First Four Match-up games have been played.

 

SCORING

Round  Points
1 1
2 2
Sweet 16 4
Elite 8 8
Final 4 16
Championship 32
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