Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – Beware the Ides of March or EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!
Basketball Primer – Part III – How to Complete Your Bracket
The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Selection Show was last night on ESPN. I am keenly disappointed I did not see myself on TV as I did last year. The Fighting Texas Aggie Team will begin play in College Station this Saturday against Missouri State. But to play the tournament one must complete a bracket.
Here are the steps to complete a basketball bracket.
- Download and print a bracket. If unable to do this on your own, ask your grandchild or another child about aged 12 for assistance.
- Find a low budget word processor like a pencil or pen.
- Select the teams you think will win and write them down. For example, if you think Texas A&M will win over Missouri State write TAMU in the next blank.
Here some options to help select teams.
Option 1 – The Dr. Beverly Hofstadter and Dr. Sheldon Cooper Method. This is for those who “want to do the math.” You will explore and consider all data and visit multiple websites. Use words and phrases such as “strength of schedule,” “RPI,” find the number of past tournament appearances, calculate odds and use terms such as variables, coefficients, correlations, percentages, averages and mean, median and mode.
Option 2 – The Penny Method. This method selects teams on criteria such as:
“I like their school colors.” Or “The team has really cool uniforms.” Or “I like their mascots. Or “Their coach is really hot.” Or my favorite “When Butler plays, I always pick Butler because we all know ‘the butler always did it.’”
Both options are equally valid in selected winning teams.
Here are the rules.
- There are no rules. You may complete an entire bracket to see if you selected the Final Four and the Champion. You may complete as the games are played. You can play however you want to.
Tomorrow, we will explore things to watch for during games. This will include coaching wardrobes, including footwear; jewelry, hair for coaches and players. There will be a distinct category for Coach Good Hair. All of these and more as “The Basketball Bounces.”
BTHO Missouri State