2017 Bracket Bonanza Rules
All selections for the 2017 NCAA Tournament Pool must be submitted before tip off of the opening game of the tournament (excluding the play-in game).  Any game sheets submitted after this time will not be considered.  Selections can be made using the official online game sheet provided via link from the main page.  As I receive each game sheet, I will send a confirmation e-mail to each participant.  Please allow for about 24 hours after posting to receive this e-mail.  If your do not receive a confirmation e-mail after this time, either resubmit the form or e-mail me at spmrx77@gmail.com.  Thank you to all, and good luck!
Scoring
The scoring for the NCAA Bracket Bonanza will be as follows:
For each correct selection in the round of 64 (round 1) - 1 point will be awarded
For each correct selection in the round of 32 (round 2) - 2 points will be awarded
For each correct selection in the round of 16 (Sweet 16) - 4 points will be awarded
For each correct selection in the round of 8 (Elite Eight)) - 8 points will be awarded
For each correct selection in the round of 4 (Final Four) - 16 points will be awarded
For correct selection in the 2017 NCAA Finals - 32 points will be awarded
Additionally, there will be bonus points as follows:
In the round of 64 (round 1)
For correct selection of all 7 seed vs. 10 seed matchups - 2 points will be awarded
For correct selection of all 5 seed vs. 12 seed matchups - 2 points will be awarded
For correct selection of all teams from a particular region (I.e. East, West) - 2 points will be awarded for each region (max 8 points)
In the round of 32 (round 2)
For correct selection of all teams from a particular region (I.e. East, West) - 2 points will be awarded for each region (max 8 points)
In the round of 16 (Sweet 16)
For correct selection of all participants into the Elite Eight - 5 points will be awarded
In the round of 8 (Elite Eight)
For correct selection of all the participants in the Final Four - 10 points will be awarded
In the round of 4 (Final Four)
For correct selection of the NCAA Finals matchup - 10 points will be awarded
Cinderella Bonus
Cinderella Bonus (whoever picks the lowest seeded team (#11 seed or below, if the #8/9 seed beats the #1 seed, or the #7/10 seed beats the #2 seed) to go the furthest without going over)) - 5 points will be awarded
For a maximum possible score of 242
Tie-Breakers
In the unlikely event of a tie, the following tie-breakers will be used to determine the champion:
1. The participant who chose the closest to the total score in the NCAA Final
2. The participant who had the most correct selections throughout the tournament
3. The participant who choose the most NCAA finalists correctly
4. The participant who choose the most Final Four teams correctly
5. The participant who choose the most Elite Eight teams correctly
6. The participant who choose the most Sweet 16 teams correctly
7. The participant who choose the most Round of 32 teams correctly
8. The participant who choose the most Round of 64 teams correctly
In the highly unlikely event that a tie still exists after these tie-breakers, the title will be shared
The Vitale Factor
As always, our own "Dickie-V" will be gracing our presence with his almighty basketball acumen. As he has done in previous years, he will be utilizing a highly sophisticated computer selection system.  Basically, this means he is using a computer version of the coin flip.  This produced some interesting results in previous years (i.e. #16 Mississippi Valley upsetting #1 UCLA), and should be fun again this year.   Vitale's bracket will be available for all to view (with final score predictions on each game) when he has completed his bracket.
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