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NCAA brackets include conference tournaments, March Madness, the College World Series and more. Get complimentary printable NCAA brackets right here.

NCAA Office Pool

For sports fans, there may be no better four-day stretch during the year than the opening weekend of March Madness. Millions of Americans participate in office pools during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. For those in charge of running these pools, keeping track of all the participants and their scores can be extremely difficult. Now, an NCAA office pool worksheet is available to do the work for you.

NCAA Office Pool: Tracking the Action

The March Madness field is comprised of 68 teams and a total of 67 games will be played to crown a national champion. The second and third round of the tournament consists of 48 games over a four-day stretch, with 16 games apiece on Thursday and Friday, and eight games apiece on Saturday and Sunday.ncaa office pool

Documenting all the action can be a nightmare for those running a March Madness office pool, especially if there are a large number of participants. That’s why an NCAA office pool worksheet can substantially ease the burden placed on those responsible for tracking the action.

NCAA Office Pool: Using the Worksheet

The March Madness office pool worksheet is easy to use and understand. The first step is to determine how many points each victory in the respective rounds will be worth. Some will award only one point for each victory throughout the tournament, while others will use a weighted system that either rewards upsets or victories by teams that advance deep in the tournament.

Next, it’s time to put in the schools who will be playing against each other and when. This may initially appear to be a daunting task, but it will save so much time in the long run because results and point totals will automatically be calculated following the conclusion of games.

Finally, it’s time to put the players in the March Madness office pool and their picks in the worksheet. The worksheet will automatically keep track of their predictions, what percentage of their predictions are correct and how many cumulative points they have earned.

March Madness is a time for sports fans that is supposed to be enjoyed. With the office pool worksheet, you can enjoy all the action AND keep track of your March Madness pool at the same time.

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NIT Tournament

The National Invitational Tournament, otherwise known as the NIT Tournament, is a postseason college basketball event that began in the 1930s. The current version of the NIT involves 32 teams, with the final four advancing to play at Madison Square Garden in New York. The opening round of the NIT in 2013 will begin on Tuesday, March 19th. The championship game will take place on Thursday, April 4th.

History of the NIT Tournament

The postseason NIT began in 1938, which is a year before the NCAA men’s basketball tournament started. The inaugural NIT had only six teams and Temple beat Colorado in the first championship game. The NIT bracket has expanded from six to eight, to 12, to 14, to 16, to 24, to 32 and to 40 teams during its existence. Forty teams were involved from 2002-2006 before it went back to 32 teams, which is slightly less than half of the NCAA Tournament field.

The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association was in control of the NIT until it was purchased by the NCAA in 2005. The NCAA bought the rights to the tournament for 10 years in an antitrust lawsuit settlement. The NCAA paid MIBA over $56-million for the rights to the NIT.

No school has run through the NIT bracket for the championship more than St. John’s. The New York-based school has won a record six championships and appeared in the NIT Tournament a record 16 times. The Bradley Braves have appeared in the NIT eight times and won four titles. Dayton and Michigan have won three NIT championships apiece.

Stigma of the NIT Tournament

For several reasons, the NIT is often viewed as far less important than the NCAA Tournament. One reason is because teams are sometimes reluctant to accept invitations to the NIT after being passed over for the NCAA Tournament. The NIT has also garnered such nicknames as the “Not Important Tournament” and “No Important Team.”

Preseason NIT Tournament

In addition to the postseason NIT, the preseason NIT has been in existence since 1985. The event was renamed the “NIT Season Tip-Off” after the NCAA bought the rights in 2005. Duke won the inaugural tournament in ’85. Others who have rolled through the NIT bracket include Syracuse, Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Butler, and most recently, Michigan.

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SEC Basketball Tournament

The SEC basketball tournament is one of the longest-running men’s hoops tournaments in the United States. The first round of the 2013 SEC basketball tournament will get underway on Wednesday, March 12th in Nashville, Tennessee. The championship game will be held on Sunday, March 16th, which is the same day the field for the NCAA Tournament will be revealed.

History of the SEC Basketball Tournament

The first SEC basketball tournament was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1933. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State, 46-27, in the inaugural SEC basketball championship game at the Atlanta Athletic Club. It was the first of a conference-high 27 tournament championships for the Wildcats, who last captured the tournament crown in 2011.

There was a 25-year lull in the event, as the tournament was abandoned in favor of a round robin schedule from 1951-1978. The tournament did return in 1979, with Tennessee outlasting Kentucky in overtime.

Alabama has the second-most tournament championship victories with six, but its last title came in 1991. In 2012, Vanderbilt defeated Kentucky to win its second tournament title. The winner of the current SEC basketball tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

When the SEC tournament resumed in ’79, the conference began handing out Most Valuable Player awards. Kentucky’s Kyle Macy took home the first honor. Other notable players to be named SEC Tournament MVP include Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Chuck Person, Allan Houston, Jamal Mashburn, Tayshaun Prince, Al Horford and John Wall.

Women’s SEC Basketball Tournament

The women’s SEC Tournament was created in 1980. In that year, Tennessee took down Ole Miss, 85-71, in the inaugural championship game in Knoxville. The Volunteers have won 16 SEC Tournament titles, including three straight from 2010-12. Vanderbilt is second with six tournament titles.

The women’s 2014 SEC Basketball Tournament will begin Wednesday, March 5th at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.

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Big East Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Big East basketball tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12th at Madison Square Garden in New York. The championship game will take place Saturday night, March 15th, which is a day before “Selection Sunday” for the NCAA Tournament.

History of the Big East Basketball Tournament

The first Big East tournament took place at the Providence Civic Center in 1980. That year, Craig Shelton led Georgetown to an 87-81 win over Syracuse in the inaugural championship game. The Hoyas went on to win six of the first 10 Big East basketball championship games.

Georgetown and Connecticut have each won a conference-best seven Big East tournament championships. Syracuse sits alone in second place with five titles. St. John’s has won three. Louisville defeated Cincinnati in the 2012 championship game to earn its second title. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Future basketball Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are among those who have been named Most Valuable Player of the Big East tournament. Other MVP’s include Alonzo Mourning, Kerry Kittles, Caron Butler, Ben Gordon, Jeff Green and Kemba Walker.

Longtime Big East powers Pitt and Syracuse left the conference for the ACC after 2013. UConn also bolted for the American conference.

Women’s Big East Basketball Tournament

The women’s Big East basketball tournament was created in 1983. That year, St. John’s knocked off Providence, 74-63, in the inaugural championship game. St. John’s won the first two Big East championship games and three of the first six, but hasn’t won the tournament since 1988.

Connecticut has won an astounding 19 of the 29 tournaments since ’83. After winning five straight and seven-of-eight tournament titles, UConn was beaten by Notre Dame in the finals in 2013.

Villanova has three overall titles, while Miami has won two.

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ACC Basketball Tournament

The ACC basketball tournament is one of the longest-running postseason events in all of men’s hoops. The opening round of the 2013 ACC basketball tournament will begin on Wednesday, March 12th in Greensboro, North Carolina. The ACC tournament bracket championship game will be held on Sunday, March 17th, which is the same day the NCAA Tournament field will be announced.

History of the ACC Basketball Tournament

The first ACC tournament took place in 1954. North Carolina State needed overtime to outlast Wake Forest, 82-80, in Raleigh, North Carolina in the inaugural championship game. NC State went on to win the first three tournaments, with a win over Duke sandwiched between victories over Wake.

Unlike the majority of conferences, the winner of the ACC tournament bracket is declared the conference championship. There has not been a “regular season” ACC champion since the conference instituted the policy after the 1961 season.

Since joining the conference in 1953, Duke has racked up a record 19 ACC basketball championships. The Blue Devils have won nine championships since 2000 alone. The rival North Carolina Tar Heels are right behind Duke with 17 titles. NC State has won 10. Miami beat North Carolina to win the championship in 2013.

A number of future NBA stars have been named Most Valuable Player of the ACC basketball tournament. James Worthy, Mark Price, Christian Laettner, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Shane Battier and Carlos Boozer are just a few of the future NBA stars. Former Duke guard J.J. Redick is among the players who have won the MVP award twice.

Women’s ACC Basketball Tournament

The women’s version of the ACC tournament bracket has been around since 1978. The Maryland Terrapins won the inaugural tournament and have collected a league-high 10 ACC basketball championships overall. North Carolina is right behind with nine titles, while Duke has captured eight.

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament

This year’s Big Ten basketball tournament will begin on Thursday, March 13th. The championship game will be held on Sunday, March 16th, which is also the same day the field for the NCAA Tournament will be announced.

History of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament

The first Big Ten tournament was played at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. Michigan defeated Purdue in the inaugural championship game, but the victory was later vacated due to a scandal involving team booster Ed Martin. Michigan State won the next two championship games and also defeated Ohio State in the 2012 tournament final. Ohio State knocked off Wisconsin, 50-43, in the title game in 2013. Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue have also previously won the Big Ten tournament.

Several future NBA players have been named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten basketball tournament. The first MVP was Michigan’s Robert Traylor, but he was forced to relinquish the honor. Other MVP’s and future NBA players include Wisconsin’s Devin Harris, Ohio State’s Mike Conley Jr., Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger, and Iowa’s Reggie Evans.

2014 Big Ten Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Big Ten basketball tournament will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The 2013 edition of the event was at the United Center in Chicago, which will be the host site again in 2015. The tournament will then return to Indianapolis in 2016. All games in this year’s event will be televised nationally across four different networks.

Women’s Big Ten Basketball Tournament

The women’s Big Ten tournament actually pre-dates the men’s event by three years. Penn State knocked off Ohio State in the first championship game and won the first two tournament titles. Purdue won the most recent title in 2012 and has won a conference-high eight tournaments overall. Ohio State has collected four conference tournament crowns, while Iowa has two. Illinois, Michigan Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin are among the schools to never win a conference title.

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Big 12 Tournament Bracket

The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament is one of the biggest events prior to the start of “March Madness.” Since the late 1990s, some of the top teams in the nation have been battling it out for the conference crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. School students and fans can easily track all the action with a Big 12 tournament bracket. The sheet can also be used to create a pool with your friends, family or co-workers.

History of the Big 12 Tournament Bracket

The first Big 12 men’s basketball tournament was held in 1997 in Kansas City, Missouri. That year, top-seeded Kansas rolled through the Big 12 tournament bracket and crushed Missouri in the first title game. The Jayhawks went on to win the first three Big 12 tournaments.

Kansas has dominated the single-elimination event, going 9-and-1 in championship games and 30-and-7 in Big 12 tournament bracket games overall. All the other teams in the conference have combined to win only eight title games.

The Oklahoma Sooners are second to the Jayhawks in title game victories with three. The Missouri Tigers, who won the tournament in 2012, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have two championship game victories apiece.

While the Texas Longhorns have a decent overall record in Big 12 tournament bracket games, they are 0-and-6 all-time in championship games.

Women’s Big 12 Tournament Bracket

The Big 12 tournament isn’t just reserved for men, as women have also participated in the single-elimination event every year since 1997. Colorado, which is no longer a member of the conference, won the inaugural event in Kansas City.

Baylor captured the 2013 championship and has won the event an all-time high five times. Oklahoma has captured the women’s Big 12 tournament bracket title four times. Iowa State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have won two title games apiece. Just like with the men, the tournament winner receives an automatic spot in “The Big Dance.”

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College World Series Bracket

college world series bracket printable Each year the CWS determines the NCAA Division I baseball champion, but the College World Series bracket is one that has foiled many sports enthusiasts. This is likely because the College World Series bracket has just eight teams, but two double-elimination brackets. This sets it apart and can make it challenging to predict so here are some key tips.

Pick the Standouts

Always pick a team that has at least a few well-known individual players. Teamwork is always important but when it comes to baseball, but let’s face it, a team needs a few standouts to hit those home runs. Also be careful of teams that seem like they are on fire heading into the playoffs. It is often that these teams actually do not fare too well.

Ignore the College World Series Bracket Advice

Sportscasters are constantly doling out advice about your College World Series bracket, but be careful not to simply follow everything they say. While some of what they say is valid, take it with a grain of salt. This is especially important if you are in a College World Series bracket pool because others will likely listen to all the sportscasters.

College World Series Bracket: Choose an Upset

In terms of your College World Series bracket there are usually very few teams who would truly be an “upset”. However, it is generally clear which teams have a slight advantage over others. Be sure to always choose at least one of these teams filling out your bracket because chances are they will win at least once during the series.

Look at the Statistics

While we all know that statistics are not the most reliable tool on the planet, they are still worth a look when filling out your bracket. Check out teams’ past performances and compare them to past CWS statistics to make the best predictions.

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NCAA Baseball Bracket

If you enjoy baseball, the NCAA baseball bracket is a tournament that you cannot miss. Also known as the College World Series, the NCAA baseball bracket is a multi-formatted tournament made up of 64 teams.

NCAA Baseball Bracket Participants

A total of 64 NCAA baseball teams qualify for the tournament. Of these 64 teams, 28 are conference champions that acquire automatic berths and 36 teams that acquire “at-large” berths. A special selection committee of university administrators and coaches select the “at-large” berths in the NCAA baseball bracket by interpreting data available from the regular season.ncaa-baseball-bracket

Building the NCAA Baseball Bracket

Prior to the teams being selected for the tournament, universities of higher ranked teams send the NCAA an application to host the regional tournaments (first round). Of the applications received, 16 teams will be selected to host a regional tournament. The selection committee then takes the remaining 48 teams and places them in a regional bracket by considering factors such as rank, record, and locality to a hosting university. By the end of the bracket selection there will be 4 teams at each of the 16 regional sites.

Format of the Tournament

The Regionals or first round of the NCAA baseball bracket is played in a double-elimination format. These games pair the seeds 1v4 and 2v3 together. After the first set of games, the winners advance to play each other and losers play each other thus eliminating one team. This continues until there is one team remaining in each regional.

The Super Regionals or second round is a best-of-three series that matches up the 16 Regional winners into eight series. After this round is completed, eight teams will remain and head to Omaha for the College World Series.

The College World Series in Omaha is a double-elimination bracket played with eight teams. The format remains the same as the Regional format until there are two teams left in the NCAA baseball bracket. These final two teams will then play a best-of-three series for the national championship.

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NCAA Basketball Bracket

One of, if not the most exciting, playoff formats in sports is the NCAA basketball bracket. Also known as March Madness, the NCAA basketball bracket is a single-elimination tournament made up of 68 teams.

NCAA Basketball Bracket Participants

The 68 qualifying NCAA basketball teams in the tournament are constructed from 31 conference champions that receive automatic bids and 37 teams that receive “at-large” bids. The “at-large” bids selected for the NCAA basketball bracket are determined by a selection committee that reviews and analyzes the resumes of all potentially qualifying teams. After the 37 “at-large” teams have been selected, the selection committee then seeds the teams from 1-68.

BracketsThe 2013  NCAA Basketball Bracket

Brackets are broken down into four regions (example: South, Midwest, East, etc.). The teams are divided into regions by taking the first four seeds (1-4) as ranked by the selection committee and placing each of them in a region as the #1 seed. The next four seeds (5-8) are then added as a #2 seed to each region. This continues for each seed until the there are four automatic bids and four “at-large” bids remaining.

NCAA Basketball Bracket Format

The newest addition to the NCAA basketball bracket is the First Four games. These games pit the remaining four automatic bid teams against each other and the four “at-large” bid teams against each other. The winners of these games earn the right to play in the second round of the tournament.

The second round of the tournament features the remaining 64 teams. In this round, the seeds competing are laid out in traditional fashion of 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, etc. The 32 winners of the second round will then compete in the third round. This format continues through the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final Four round until the NCAA basketball bracket reaches the last two teams and compete for a national championship.

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