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how to pick your NCAA basketball bracket

i filled out my backets last night for the 2005 NCAA Basketball Tournament. I used cards to determine my picks. Each ranked team was associated with a card:

Ace: 1
2: 2
3: 3
4: 4
5: 5
6: 6
7: 7
8: 8
9: 9
10: 10
J: 11
Q: 12
K: 13
no card: 14
no card: 15
no card: 16

So the teams that were ranked 14, 15, and 16 did not advance. I automatically picked them to lose because there were no cards to represent them. I guess I could have used the joker card.

Whatever card I pulled from the deck was the team that was going win. So if a 10 of hearts came up, then the first team that is ranked 10 would win. (I ordered the brackets in this order: Chicago, Albuquerque, Syracuse, then Austin.) So the first 10 rank team is St. Mary. So, St. Mary will defeat Southern Illinois. If the next card card is a 7, then West Virgina will win. (Southern Illinois is ranked 7, but the cards had selected St. Mary to beat Southern Ill already.)

Now, I did implement a handicap system. If a Jack came up, that would mean a #11 team beats a #6 team only if a 6 doesn’t come up in the next four cards dealt. If a 6 comes up in the next four cards, then the #6 team beats the #11 team. That handicap was applied to all face value cards (J:11, Q:12, and K:13).

After each round, I shuffled the deck and went through the process again.

The cards decided it would be Wake Forest and Michigan State in the final game with Michigan State winning it all.

Illinois made it to the Final 8.

Here’s a printable bracket so you can try this yourself.

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I haven’t come across anyone who was doing a pool since high school. How is it that the NCAA tournament betting pools have stayed away from me?

If I were to pick the teams. um, I’d make one of those blinko (plinko?) game boards with the pegs and the marble. then whatever path the ball takes first is the team that will win. Of course, you’d have to figure out what other teams will win too. So you would drop the ball down again and only count the new paths.

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aren’t there people out there who use fancy computer generated things to predict it? that would be cool.

Matt Maldre

i would use the computer and then i would win.

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because computers are smart

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and they can predict stuff like that

Matt Maldre

you can make a really big plinko board like on the Price is Right and you can use it everday to choose what socks to wear. What cereal to eat. What book to read.