**Bracketologists, ready your pencils... it's that time of year again!**

**That's right, my most favorite time of year, March Madness, is here!**

*(For those unfamiliar with this most fabulous season, I'm referring to the 2014 NCAA college basketball national championship tournament.)*

For the third year in a row, I will be hosting Lux's own Mad Mad Mad Mad March bracket challenge. I'm a little late getting sign ups started this year (grad school/internship is kicking my rear), but I'm hoping there is still enough interest to get a good challenge going. The first round of game play begins Thursday, March 20, so I anyone interested in participating will need to have their brackets filled out by Wednesday, March 19, at midnight EDT. Interested players can either PM me or sign up here to participate. Please don't feel like you have to be a college basketball expert (or even a fan) to play! Even if you've never watched a game of college basketball in your life, you can still have a winning bracket. That's what makes this such an adventure!

Make your picks, using the methodology of your choice (team seed, season performance, jersey color, coolest mascot, college town you've been the drunkest in... all are acceptable methods). I've posted this year's bracket below, and will update throughout the tourney as games are won. Since we're getting a relatively late start this year, I will have all players fill out their brackets on their own on a third party website I set up group bracket challenge for us on, rather than having you all email me your bracket picks one by one (unless there are any significant objections).

**How It Works:**

(My apologies to those who are very familiar with the March Madness tourney and how brackets work... I'm trying to explain this as simply as possible for those

*non*college basketball friends who signed up, those adventurous souls!)

The NCAA College Basketball Championship is comprised of 64 teams

*(I'm not counting those silly "first four" teams in the the play-in games. Silliness, I say!)*. Those 64 teams play single elimination over 6 rounds, until 1 team is crowned champion. So for our purposes, each player will pick a winner for each matchup, moving those winners on round by round until a champion is picked.

**Scoring Rules:**

The base score for each correct pick will increase round by round.

- round --> base score
- 1 = 1

2 = 2

3 = 4

4 = 8

5 = 12

6 = 18

- 1 = 1

This base score for each correct pick will then be multiplied by the seed for the winning team (each team is giving a ranking seed for their region by the powers that be). This helps to reward people for correctly picking an upset, and spices things up a bit.

**For example:**

In round 3, Andrew23 recklessly picks a #8 seed to beat a #1 seed, and when round 3 comes along, the #8 seed wins! Andrew's score for this pick would be 32 (4 base points for a correct round 3 pick, multiplied for 8 points for the seed of the winning team).

**One more example:**

In round 5, Lantern correctly picks a #2 seed to win. Lantern's score for this pick would be 24 (12 base points for the round X 2 points for the seed).

Feel free to post any questions here, or send me a PM. I'll do my best to clear up any uncertainty!

**Bracketologists:**

1. Schroberts

2. paranoiarodeo

3. Nimmy

4. Andrew23

5. heartscoffee

6. engie

7. BuyMoria

8. george874

9. AquaRegia

10. plummy

11. Whirlplaid

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