March Madness Upset Assassin Pool


What is a March Madness Upset Assassin Pool?
The March Madness Upset Assassin Pool is a variation to the normal NCAA Tournament Bracket Office Pool. The teams will be divided up evenly between the number of participants in the pool. Any time a lower seed beats a higher seed, the pool participant that had the lower seed will now get all points that were previously accumulated by the higher seed. Remember an 8 seed is lower than a 1 seed.

 

Step 1
Get some friends and co-workers together and get our Printable March Madness Bracket. You can do this with as few or as many people as you want, but it works best with 4, 8, or 16 people. This allows each person to be assigned the same number of teams. You will need to divide the teams up by either doing a March Madness Draft or by doing a March Madness Blind Draw. The best way to do this is to get different color highlighters for each participant, each time a team is assigned simply highlight that team name with that person's color.

 

Step 2
You will still be using the same bracket scoring structure that you would use for the normal tournament pool(round 1=1pt, round 2 =2pts ect...). Visit our NCAA Bracket Scoring Systems page for the best scoring structure. The taking over of accumulated points only starts in the second round as there have been no accumulated points to take in the first round. Understanding this might be a little tricky, but this is an awesome variation so hang in there through this explanation. Below are some examples. For the examples we will use the scoring system:

RND 1
RND 2
RND 3
RND 4
RND 5
RND 6
1
2
3
4
6
10

 


Example 1: John has Duke which is a #1 Seed. Chris has UNC which is a #4 Seed. These two teams meet in the 3rd round and UNC upsets Duke. Chris is awarded his 3 points for getting the UNC game correct and then he "assassinates" John's points he has received from Duke and they are now added to the total points Chris has. In this instance Duke would have accumulated 1 point in the first round and 2 points in the second round, so Chris would get 3 more points added to his point total.

 

Example 2: Mark has Ohio State which is a #1 Seed and Tom has Kansas which is a #2 Seed. This is the Championship game(Round 6), and Kansas beats Ohio State. Tom is awarded 10 points for getting the Kansas win, plus all of the accumulated points from the first 5 round wins of Ohio State which would be 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6(16 points).

 

Winning the Pool

Simply total up each participants points and the person with the highest point total wins!