How to win an NCAA bracket contest

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 8, 2011 02:58 PM

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You know what awaits you next Monday when you walk into work or check email first the first time: invitations to NCAA bracket contests.

Around here, there's so much interest in pro sports that college sports take a back seat. But like just about anything in its championship season or time period (ask yourself how much soccer you've watched since the World Cup), it's hard not to get interested in college basketball in March.

And bracket games make it even more interesting. Especially when you win.

So we offer a rare product endorsement today to help you. Andrew Clark, a UMass grad and Suffolk University law student, has written a clever and concise guide to filling out an office pool called "Bracketeering." He has correctly picked four NCAA Tournament winners in the last six years, and offers guidelines to help you choose sides that range from simple and obvious (don't pick a 16 seed over a 1) to fairly complex (calculate a team's "created-possession margin").


andrew_clark.jpgTo further help, early next week, Clark has agreed to apply some the principles of his book to this year's tournament for a feature on Boston.com.

The book can be purchased at the publisher's web site.

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