Last week, President Barack Obama shared his decision making process for his March Madness bracket choices with the nation on TV and Internet video. Below is how he did, in several scoring system so you can compare his performance to yours. The President had a fairly safe bracket overall with exception of dissing the Pac-10 conference by not picking most of them. Some media outlets like the Bleacher Report have already let him know about it. 🙂
1 upset (10 over 7)
1 upset (5 over 4)
President Barack Obama has 14 teams of 16 remaining
East: Pittsburgh, Villanova, Duke
Midwest: Louisville, Kansas, Michigan State
South: North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oklahoma State, Syracuse
West: Connecticut, Purdue, Memphis, Missouri
Scoring System 1
(32 points per round like CBS Bracket Challenge)
If you are in a betting pool with your NCAA brackets, chances are you are using this scoring system. This system rewards 1 point for a win in the first round, 2 in the second, 4 in the third, 8 in the fourth, 16 in the fifth and 32 to the ultimate winner. Upsets gives nothing extra. This is a typical American scoring system, giving second chances for redemption until the very end, opportunistic that one game can mean so much more than another under the right circumstances. It is similar to the spirit of the NCAA March Madness tournament, but without the underdog spirit.
The maximum points for the first two rounds is 64, out of 192 eventually.
In this system, President Barack Obama has 46 points after two rounds.
Scoring System 1 + 1
(scoring system 1 + 1 point for each upset)
Some pools reward upsets in a minimal sort of way with one point for each upset. It’s not much but it could make the difference between similar results of correct games picked.
In this system, President Barack Obama has 48 points after two rounds.
Scoring System 1 + D
(scoring system 1 +ranking difference for upsets)
This system is used by the Canadian channel The Score in its pool, which I am in, though I didn’t read the D rule because I would have picked very differently for some underdog teams. The first round is where a lot of potential points to be gained from upsets. For example, you know there is almost always a #12 over #5 upset. Picking all the 12 ranked teams would give you at least 7 points, if not 14 or, in this year, 21, at the risk of just 4 points lost if the winners all got through. You could afford to do this because as the games become more valuable, in the next round, your upset team is likely to get upset by a #4 and you can remove the risk. You could theoretically do this for the #10 over #7 set, too, among others. After that, though, the games are likely worth more than the ranking difference so not only did I lose a LOT of potential points, my opportunity is also gone.
In this system, President Barack Obama has 48 points.
Scoring System 2
(1 point per game)
This European style scoring system values the overall judgment and minimize fluke results of someone selecting the correct ultimate winner despite performing not so great otherwise. European soccer leagues work this way in the fact that regular season titles mean more than playoff style cup championships. However, this system can take the thrill out of the final results long before it is over.
The maximum points for the first two rounds is 48, out of 63 eventually.
In this system, President Barack Obama has 32 points.