This year's Madness comp will be at the same site as last year. A bracket for 2020 has been setup once again at cbssports.com .. for those of us who played last year, you're half-way there, as invite emails have been sent by csbssports.com to all of last year's participants (using last year's email addresses). The email does not display your reg'd cbs ID.
The scoring system remains unchanged. There are 63 games in
this comp; we pick all of them in one go on the cbssports.com website:
1st Round (32 games) : 1 pt
2nd Round (16 games) : 2 pts
3rd Round ( 8 games) : 3 pts (regional semis ) Sweet Sixteen
4th Round ( 4 games) : 4 pts (regional finals) Elite Eight
5th Round ( 2 games) : 6 pts (national semis ) Final Four
6th Round ( 1 game ) : 9 pts (national final)
Seedings: additional pts added for each correct pick, being the team's seed.
Link to comp at cbs: http://ftmm2004.mayhem.cbssports.com
but if that doesn't work, try this link: http://ftmm2004.mayhem.cbssports.com/e
If you've sucessfully logged in, you will see this in the top LH corner of the screen: 2020 Comp FT
- if you'd like to join the Madness tipping comp but do not have a cbssports ID, there's a link on that page to register. You must have a cbs ID to play in this comp! Please note - you may, but don't have to, use your real name to register (surname, first name); but please pick something for those two fields that looks like your FT username (so that we know who you are).
- this also applies to those who played last year, but can't remember their ID and/or have changed their email address and thus can't retrieve their password (which they've forgotten) .. you will need to re-register.
- please check your reg'd email address in Options after you login.
This year's Madness starts on Thursday, March 19 and the final is on Monday, April 6. The bracket will open for tipping when the field is inserted by cbssports.com, which should happen on Sunday, March 15. However, the last four teams to qualify will not be known until Monday and Tuesday (they will enter the comp as the four #16 seeds) .. btw a #16 seed has never won a game against their #1 seed opponent since the NCAA started the current Madness format in 1985, until last year, when UMBC beat Virginia 74-54 .. #16 seeds are now 1-135 all-time.
Rankings: http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d1 and here: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings
|Sunday 15th March: the full field of 68, seedings and bracket are released. |
Last Four play-in: Tue-Wed 17-18 March now aka First Four
1st Round: Thu-Fri March 19-20
2nd Round: Sat-Sun March 21-22
3rd Round: Thu-Fri March 26-27
4th Round: Sat-Sun March 28-29
Final Four: Saturday 4th April
Championship: Monday 6th April
Final Four is at Merceds-Benz Stadium in Atlanta GA.
DEADLINE: cbssports.com will close the bracket of 63 picks at noon EDT on Thursday, March 19th.
This year's tipping comp is the 19th edition of March Madness! No one has retained their title in this comp and N-Bomb
is the only person to win it twice (2011 and 2017) .. dg_dave
won last year's comp, silver went to N-Bomb and Sypher collected the bronze medal.
Good luck remembering your password (if you receive the email) or your ID (if you're reg'd but have changed your email address) .. and good luck registering if you're new! To confirm you're in and that everything's hunky dory, please post in the Group Message Board (it's in the Brackets drop-down menu). Good luck to all of us; and may the best man or best woman win!