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Tiebreaker Rules for March Madness Pool




Total Points Tiebreaker

At the bottom of your March Madness Bracket is a place for each participant to write down what they think will be the total number of points scored in the championship game. If you don't see this, you made a mistake by not using our bracket :)


This tie breaker will only come into play if two or more participants have the same point total at the end of the tournament.


Our Recommended Rules for Tiebreakers(Going Over)

If two or more participants have tied at the end of the tournament, the person with the guess closest to the total points scored in the championship game would be the winner. Some people choose to play the "closest without going over rule", which I personally think is preposterous. Here is an example of why I am not an advocate of this rule:

Tom guesses 135 total points.

John guesses 80 total points.

The total points scored in the Championship Game is 134 Points.

I see no logical reason why John should win this pool, he missed the total points scored by 54 points, while Tom only missed it by 1 point.


If the two participants guess the same total or if they both miss the total by the same number of points, then they should both be declared winners.


It's important to understand that the rules for each bracket pool are flexible and may vary from pool to pool. It is imperative that the pool administrator discusses all rules before the pool begins.


Total Points Guess

We looked at all past total scores and devoted an article to the Best Tie Breaker Guess for March Madness Bracket Pools.