Sunday, March 13, 2011

2011 Office Pool Contest Is Live

Deadline: Tip-Off, March 17 @ 12:30 PM [EST]
Entry Fee: $0.00

Make sure you hit the SUBMIT PICKS button at the bottom of the page or your picks will not be entered into the pool.

NOTE: When entering multiple times, please place a number after your name to make it unique [or it will over write you last submitted picks] For example: Timmy 1, Timmy 2, Timmy 3

For those of you who might not be aware, the NCAA has expanded the tournament field from 65 teams (with 1 play-in game) to 68 teams (with 4 play-in games). These 4 games will be handled very similar to how the current play-in game was handled. You'll see two teams listed for the play-in games on the tournament bracket, no points will be awarded for winning. We'll continue to use the same round numbers as in the past tournaments. The deadline for entering the contest, as always, starts on tipoff Thursday morning.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pre-Register For 2011 Office Pool Contest

Welcome Back....

It seams like only a few years ago I started running this online office pool contest. If my Minnesota math is correct, this is my 15th year for!

This years contest begins with the pairings announcement on Sunday, March 13. The kind folks of NCAA have change the contest slightly to 68 teams now with four play-in games instead of only one play-in game like past years.

This office pool contest will start on Thursday, March 17 when there are 64 teams remaining in the tournament. So no points will be awarded for the play-in games this year. This may change in future years, but it will be the status quo for the 2011 contest.

If you would like to pre-register for this years office pool contest, you can do so on the registration page. An email will be sent out once the pairings are announced.

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2011 Tournament Schedule

Key Tournament Dates courtesy of NCAA Sports

Pre-Tournament Events
March 13 - Selection Sunday @ 5:00 CST on CBS

First Week Of Games
March 15-16: 4 Play-In Games
March 17-18: Round One Games
March 19-20: Round Two Games

Second Weekend Of Games
March 24-25: Round Three Games
March 26-27: Round Four Games

Final Weekend Of Games
April 2: Round Five, Semi-Finals
April 4: Round Six, Championship Game

2011 Automatic Bids - Conference Tournaments

Conference Winner [record]
ACC Duke Blue Devils [30-4]
American East Boston University Terriers [21-13]
Atlantic Sun Belmont Bruins [30-4]
Atlantic 10 Richmond Spiders [27-7]
Big East Connecticut Huskies [26-9]
Big Sky Northern Colorado Bears [21-10]
Big South NC-Asheville Bulldogs [19-13]
Big Ten March 10-13
Big 12 Kansas Jayhawks [32-2]
Big West Santa Barbara Gauchos [18-13]
Colonial Old Dominion Monarchs [27-6]
Conference USA Memphis Tigers [25-9]
Horizon Butler Bulldogs [23-9]
Ivy League Princeton Tigers [25-6]
MAAC Saint Peter's Peacocks [20-13]
MAC Akron Zips [23-12]
MEAC Hampton Pirates [24-8]
Missouri Valley Indiana State Sycamores [24-9]
Mountain West San Diego State Aztecs [32-2]
Northeast Long Island Blackbirds [27-5]
Ohio Valley Morehead State Eagles [24-19]
Pac-10 Washington Huskies [23-10]
Patriot Bucknell Bison [25-8]
SEC Kentucky Wildcats [25-8]
Southern Wofford Terriers [21-12]
Southland Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners [19-13
Summit Oakland Golden Grizzlies [25-9]
Sun Belt Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans [19-16]
SWAC Alabama State Hornets [17-17]
WAC Utah State Aggies [30-3]
West Coast Gonzaga Bulldogs [24-9]