After the bracket is announced on Sunday, March 16, contestants will have access to an on-line brackets page listing 63 eligible Men's College Basketball Tournament teams and their corresponding round one opponent. The 64th team will be determined by a play-in game on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. That game will not be counted in this Contest. Prior to completion of that game, the 64th team will be listed on the brackets page as "TBD," and contestants are free to pick "TBD" in the first round if they want to submit picks before the play-in game is complete.
Participants must enter their projected winning teams of all 63 Tournament games, round by round. Beginning with round two, SI.com will weigh predictions for each successive round more heavily than the previous round. Exact weights are detailed in the Official Rules. You will receive an individual score for each of the six tournament rounds, and an overall score, which is the combined total of your individual round scores (the "Total Score").
Click on "Make Your Picks" to show the Tournament bracket. Choose each team you think will win by clicking on that team's name. After you enter all of your selections, enter your prediction for the combined total score of the championship game (used as a tiebreaker) and click "Save Picks" to register your entry. If you do not submit your picks, your entry will not be valid. If you wish to make changes to your picks, you may go back and make changes. All changes must be made no later than five (5) minutes before tip-off of the first scheduled game on Thursday, March 20, 2008. No changes to picks will be allowed after that date.