Welcome to the 2018 NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge!

The object of the challenge is to score more points than the other participants.

Entry Fee:

$10.00 per bracket. You may submit as many brackets as you wish.
You can pay your entry fee with PayPal. PayPal charges a 2.90% + $0.30 fee, so your entry fee will be $10.61 for one bracket, $20.91 for two brackets, $31.21 for three brackets, $41.51 for four brackets, or $51.81 for five brackets.
Or you can get your cash/check to me in which case there will be no additional fee.

Payouts:

First Place: 60% of the total entry fees paid.

Second Place: 30% of the total entry fees paid.

Third Place: 10% of the total entry fees paid.

Any dispute or grievance must be emailed to tleistiko@eeimt.com by 5 pm Tuesday 4/3/2018 as the payoffs will be mailed on Wednesday 4/4/2018 unless a controversy arises.

Base Scoring:

0. The first four games are worth nothing. (4) games.
1. The round of 64 games are worth 1 point each. (32) games.
2. The round of 32 games are worth 2 points each. (16) games.
3. The sweet sixteen games are worth 4 points each. (8) games.
4. The elite eight games are worth 8 points each. (4) games.
5. The semi-final games are worth 12 points each. (2) games.
6. The final is worth 16 points. (1) game.

The total points possible is 168.

Bonus Scoring:

Each upset you pick correctly earns you bonus points.
1. The bonus equals the differnece between the higher and lower seed numbers.
2. The formula is the same for all six rounds.
3. Example 1: If you correctly pick (14)Montana over (3)Gonzaga in the first round, then you earn 11 bonus points.
4. Example 2: If you correctly pick (2)Wisconsin over (1)Virginia in the final game, then you earn 1 bonus point.

Tracking your progress:

Everybody's score is listed below. Click on a name to see their full bracket entry.

Click here to view the live bracket.

Here are the official entries with the LIVE scores:

RANK NAME BRACKET SCORE PAID
1.Russell Francetichrustypump113yes
2.KariKari110yes
3.Sam ArmstrongFlying Lama108yes
4.Eric Mossmossman107yes
5.Troy LeistikoFull Metal Bracket105yes
6.Eric Moss Applecart105yes
7.Kyle DornbergerMontana State 78-Bozeman High School 77 (OT)103yes
8.Dave Lowery Rocketman100yes
9.Blair Davis Beer Time100yes
10.Bill StrangeBill Strange98yes
11.Brett AllenSweet & Sour97yes
12.Tylor TrenaryBigSKyTy96yes
13.Tyson BogumillTBOGS - II96yes
14.Scott RattermanChurch of Bracketology87yes
15.Mike Flynnflagrant juan85yes
16.Craig Jenneskens#BEER83yes
17.JesseCanned Heat82yes
18.Russell Francetichrustypump 282yes
19.Rob BrandtMAGA81yes
20.Patty LoweryAll in 81yes
21.Shane HopeKissing Cousins80yes
22.Jason BrownNo more stupid puns79yes
23.Kevin OpitzKO179yes
24.Jacob Mandellsomething punny78yes
25.Stacey HritscoStac is gonna kick yo ass78yes
26.SamMeatball Mamas76yes
27.Michelle MandellMarchmageddon75yes
28.Ron LaBarBusted68yes
29.Tyson BogumillTBOGS - I68yes
30.RolfDa Big Svede65yes
31.Julie ArmstrongBracketology ESP64yes
32.Cory LairdBill Raftery stole my bracket64yes
33.Diane JenneskensDi64yes
34.NicquoNHope64yes
35.Jen BrandtJenny Wenny64yes
36.fred jenneskensferd berful63yes
37.Kaehl LoweryMarch Sadness62yes
38.Pat JoyceGo_Hokies!61yes
39.Cassandra ShineCHEF CURRY WITH SOME SAUCE59yes
40.Ashley KetlerSleepy ZZZ59yes
41.Brian Hansonthrowing money away54yes
42.Noah KetlerYall-American Bracket54yes
43.Taylor LeistikoBlue 66653yes
44.Michael KuntzTen Dollar Donation46yes

Click here to view the live bracket.

by Troy Leistiko

If you have any questions, call me at (406) 721-5733, or email me at tleistiko@eeimt.com