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  • The table below lists brackets that our computer algorithms have optimized for a predefined set of scoring systems and ranges of pool sizes.
  • Important Note: On account of wide variations in scoring systems and payout structures, we strongly recommend you get custom brackets via My Brackets -- which feature picks customized for your specific pool size, scoring system, and payout structure -- instead of these Quick Picks brackets. We primarily publish these brackets for internal testing and performance tracking purposes.
  • Bracket Type indicates either a "Best Bracket" (the bracket picks most likely to result in a first place finish) or an "Alternate" bracket (worthy, but not quite as good, options that feature at least some different key picks, and can be played in combination with Best Brackets if needed)
  • Released indicates the date on which we published the bracket. We publish our early deadline brackets on Monday, and our final, official brackets on Wednesday.
  • Base Scoring indicates the system used to determine the points awarded for correctly picking winners, independent of any upset bonuses. Traditional bracket scoring is represented as 1-2-4-8-16-32 (1 point for picking a Round of 64 game correctly, up through 32 points for picking the NCAA champion correctly). "Round + Seed" and "Round x Seed" systems assume round-based additions/multipliers of 1-2-3-4-5-6.
  • Upset Bonus indicates whether a "Seed Difference" upset bonus structure was assumed. In this structure, extra points are awarded when a correct pick beats a better seeded team in order to advance. The number of bonus points awarded is equal to the difference in seed between the winning team and losing team.
  • Pool Size indicates the number of entries expected to be competing in the pool.
  • Champion indicates the NCAA champion pick of each bracket.
  • eROI indicates the expected long term rate of return of playing the bracket in a pool of the indicated size, a set entry fee, and a winner-take-all payout structure. It's a rough estimate and not highly precise. In most years, of course, the bracket will lose; the nature of pools means that occasional wins make up for years of losses. Still, eROI helps to give a relative sense of the bracket's edge against an average opponent.
  • eWin Odds indicates the expected win odds of the bracket, that is, the chance that the bracket comes in first place in a pool of the indicated size. It is also more of an estimate than a precise calculation, but helpful for setting expectations. In general, the bigger the pool, the less likely a bracket is to win.

These brackets are optimized for some common pool sizes and scoring rules. For a bracket optimized for your specific pool, go to My Brackets

Our Best Full Tournament Brackets For Traditional Scoring 1-2-4-8-16-32, No Upset Bonus:

All Full Tournament Quick Picks Brackets

Bracket Name Bracket Type Release Base Scoring Upset Bonus Pool Size Champion eROI eWin Odds