A beginner’s guide to filling out a March Madness bracket

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For those who haven’t done it before, building a bracket can feel like an intimidating or overcomplicated endeavor, but it’s pretty simple and comes down much more to luck than skill.
If you have never filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket before, or aren’t all that familiar with college basketball and would like a quick refresher, here’s a step-by-step guide to joining your local bracket pool.

March Madness is back!

Every spring, people spend the first weeks of March fretting over bracket building, collecting pool fees, and preparing for the best sporting tournament on the planet.

For non-basketball fans, building a bracket can be somewhat intimidating, but it shouldn’t be! The NCAA Tournament is based much more on luck than chance. Think of submitting a bracket into your office pool as a lottery ticket that you get to brag about if your numbers hit, rather than any test of actual basketball knowledge.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to everything you need to know about filling out a March Madness bracket for your office pool the first time.

1. Find a bracket pool and join.

Finding a bracket pool to enter might sound complicated, but it is simple. All you have to do is talk to whoever is running the pool. If you’re office running things old school, you may still be working by pen and paper, in which case you’ll want to print out two copies of the blank bracket to fill out (one for you to keep, one for you to submit).

But chances are your pool will be hosted on ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, or similar site. Nowadays most host sites have a “Sign in through Facebook” option, so you don’t even have to really deal with the inconvenience of setting up a new account.

2. Office pools often come with an entry fee.

March Madness is one of the few times in American when intra-office gambling is allowed, and sometimes even encouraged. Usually, dues aren’t too steep — $10 or $20 for an entry is plenty to make the pool enticing enough to win, and no one should be betting more than $50 on a bracket pool, especially if you’re not intently following the tournament.

Pay whoever is running the league your entry fee, and in turn, they’ll likely give you the name and password of your league so you can log in online and begin filling out your bracket.

3. Fill out your bracket.

Don’t stress. There’s no wrong way to do this. But don’t get too crazy — no No. 1 seed has ever lost in the first round — and while it’s called “March Madness” for a reason, the upsets are usually somewhat contained rather than all-encompassing.

We’ve already made a few guides to help beginners filling out their brackets, but the logic is simple. The higher seed (the team with the lower number next to its name — I know, more complicated than it has to be), is likely the better team, and if …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Sports

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