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MOP 2018 March Madness Survivor

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Apr 1: mortonjr77 and tous14 for the win! I just haven't added their respective trophies to the results page yet but they are the winners. No pick available in the championship game for either of them, but they are the only two who got there picking Michigan for the Final Four. Funny enough both, probably unintentionally, used Villanova earlier as a default pick. I did say one t-shirt to the winner but I will send one out to each of these guys. Thanks everyone for playing!
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Mar 26: And then there were two! mortonjr77 vs. tous14 for the t-shirt! tous14 sort of backed into it with a default pick Villanova for Elite Eight, and now is limited to picking the winner of the Loyola-Michigan game... not as easy a decision as expected a couple weeks ago! mortonjr77 picked Loyola last round, already used Villanova earlier, so can pick Michigan or Kansas to win and hope the other advances to the Championship game. Good luck to both of you! Pick due Saturday, 6:09pm Eastern.
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Mar 19: More upsets! I thought I was playing it very safe taking #1 Xavier against Florida State and... nope! I'm out, right along with the North Carolina backers and ShaneD22 with Cincinnati on Sunday. We are down to 10 and get to take a breath. Sweet 16 starts Thursday.
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Mar 18: We almost made it through yesterday without a loss but the darn Loyola team has back-to-back upsets and some of us couldn't resist picking Tennessee to advance. A bunch of you did not pick and used your default, Villanova, but that won't work twice. It will go as a no pick if you already used a default and don't get your pick in today. Lets see if we can get at least a dozen alive to the Sweet 16.
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Mar 16: Nice to see 48 vying for a limited edition MyOfficePool.ca t-shirt. No really, there are less than 5 in existence at this time. Don't worry, I won't send you the one I've been wearing. Next pick due today by 12:15pm Eastern or you will get a default which I believe is Purdue. You only get one default pick per entry for the length of the pool. Thanks for playing and good luck!
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If you haven't tried this before, this is a great format pool, whether you are a big time college basketball fan or not at all. March Madness Survivor! Get caught up in the hype and excitement without filling in an entire bracket of picks.

This is our free entry public pool. Single strike and you are out, but I will allow 2 entries per member. We start Thursday March 15th and remember you need to submit a pick before the deadline every day for the first four days of the tournament starting Thursday.

Bragging rights are on the line plus an official MOP t-shirt to the last member standing. Join any time, even after the deadline, but new entries after round two (Mar 16) are ineligible to win. Play along for fun. Good luck!

If you are looking for a pay-to-play pool then you are welcome to join Mike's $22 entry or $42 entry private pools.

Format · Classic Survivor!

  • Get pumped for incredible college basketball action!
  • Pick one team to WIN its game
    • If they win, advance to the next round
    • If they lose, take a strike
  • Once you have one strike , you are out of the pool
  • You CANNOT pick the same team twice
  • Last entry to survive is the winner!

Rules Summary

Starting the first round of the pool (the pool excludes the play-in games) you have to pick one team that will win its game straight up (no point spreads).

If the team you picked wins, then you survive to the next round to pick another team to win.

If the team you picked loses, then you receive a strike. Once you collect one strike, then you are eliminated from the pool.

The rounds of the pool are as follows: First Round Thursday games, First Round Friday games, Second Round Saturday games, Second Round Sunday games, Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and the National Championship game.

If necessary, the pool will run through the National Championship game on Saturday March 31, 2018.

You cannot pick the same team more than once during the pool.

The last person in the pool still alive after all others have been eliminated, our Survivor, is the winner.

The pool will continue as long as there are entries still alive or until the pool's final round, whichever comes first.

Make sure to review the Tie Breakers and Mass Knockout Rule described below.

Important Points

Pick Deadline

The final deadline for making your pick is opening tipoff of the first game of each round. The deadline for each round, all times Eastern, are as follows:

RoundDate*Time*
First Round Thursday Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:15 pm
First Round Friday Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:15 pm
Second Round Saturday Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:10 pm
Second Round Sunday Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:10 pm
Sweet 16 Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:07 pm
Elite Eight Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:09 pm
Final Four Sat Mar 31, 2018 6:09 pm

* Dates and times are tentative until the official schedule is released.

The deadlines will be strictly enforced! There will be no exceptions for picks not being submitted on time.

Default Pick

If no pick is submitted prior to the deadline, then a default pick will be assigned a maximum of once per entry for the length of the pool. If an entry already used a default pick in a previous round, then no pick is assigned and the entry takes a wrong pick for that round.

The default pick will be the team with the best (most favoured) point spread line for the round.

Alternate Pick Submission

If you are having difficulty submitting your pick online, then send the pick by email to mike@myofficepool.ca. Make sure to clearly state the name of the pool, your username, entry number, round of the pool and pick. The email must be received time stamped prior to the deadline and from the email account associated with your username.

We take no responsibility for email being delayed past the deadline or not being delivered. Everyone should use the online system to make their picks and only send an email in the case of an emergency.

Tie Breakers

As the March Madness tournament is an elimination, it is possible to run out of available teams to select, so the following tie breakers exist:

An entry that survives a round but does not have any teams left to pick from is deemed to have survived further than an entry that does not survive that last round.

An entry that can pick a team but loses in a round is deemed to have survived further than an entry that had no teams to pick from at the start of that round.

Mass Knockout Rule

If more than five entries are all eliminated in the same round and these eliminations would result in the conclusion of the pool, because there are no more alive entries, then these entries will be considered still alive and play on if there are available rounds remaining in the pool.

If five or fewer entries are all eliminated in the same round and these eliminations result in the conclusion of the pool, then those entries are all considered equal winning entries.

Multiple Winners

If more than one entry is still alive at the end of the pool, then those alive entries are all considered equal winning entries.

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