It is almost March, which means the NCAA Division I college basketball tournament, better known as March Madness, is almost here! This of course also marks the return of one of our most anticipated annual pools, March Madness Survivor!
This year the Final Four and National Championship games are played April 4th and 6th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Roll that back and the 64-team field gets underway Thursday March 19th. That is technically the start of the Second Round, as the NCAA continues to grow their First Round play-in games, dubbed First Four, played March 17th and 18th. Check the full bracket for all of the dates and locations.
As with most March Madness pools, we will continue to focus on the 64-team field. That is more than enough to whittle down our members, survivor style, from early confidence and optimism through intense doubt and second guessing while trying to navigate a sometimes ridiculous minefield of upsets. Its a wild ride, often over much faster than you expect or certainly hope for. This graphs represents the steep cliff of alive entries by round from our March Madness Survivor Pools the past four years.
Last year we ran three separate pools for the first time. There was Pool I ($20 entry), Pool II ($40 entry) and Pool III (Free entry). The above graph shows the sum of entries for all three pools together for 2014. We started with 234 entries, and only three entries survived to the end to pick the winner of the National Championship, members colman, evan0202 and steelers. Member Mean Machine wasn’t fully tested, winning Pool II after the Elite Eight round.
We will likely offer three pools again this year given the demand. I am working on them currently and hope to have them up soon, so our members can secure their spots, even before the teams and seeds are known from Selection Sunday, March 15th.
March Madness is a ton of fun, even for non-true-basketball fans like myself, because it is such an exciting event with the wild finishes and upsets. To have a little money action on it is even better, whether betting on individual games, playing daily fantasy sports, or participating in our March Madness Survivor Pool.
A members email newsletter will go out when the pool is ready, and see you back here real soon!