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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 April 6, 2019.
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.
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:
|First Round Thursday||Thu Mar 21, 2019||12:15 pm|
|First Round Friday||Fri Mar 22, 2019||12:15 pm|
|Second Round Saturday||Sat Mar 23, 2019||12:10 pm|
|Second Round Sunday||Sun Mar 24, 2019||12:10 pm|
|Sweet 16||Thu Mar 28, 2019||7:09 pm|
|Elite Eight||Sat Mar 30, 2019||6:09 pm|
|Final Four||Sat Apr 6, 2019||6:09 pm|
* Dates and times are tentative until the official schedule is released.
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.
If you are having difficulty submitting your pick online, then send the pick by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
If more than one entry is still alive at the end of the pool, then those alive entries are all considered equal winning entries.