How Do You Create an NCAA Playoff Bracket?


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Create an NCAA Bracket Chart for March Madness either by hand or by using a computer to print one out. The website printyourbrackets.com has a great bracket file in PDF format available for printing out if you have Adobe Reader on your computer.

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How Do You Create an NCAA Playoff Bracket?
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You can create a fillable bracket using a tree system, wherein the winner of each game moves forward in the tree to play another winning team in that region. To fill the bracket, the first round list of teams includes 16 teams from each region: the South, Midwest, West and East. The 68 teams are selected by the Division I men's basketball committee after reviewing the team records and other data. They are then put into a "seed list" to rank the teams and assemble the bracket. The first 15 teams per region are placed in the bracket spot by the committee, however the last four spots are determined by play-in games that occur before the First Round. This results in 64 teams.

The 64 teams are pared down to 32 from the first to second round. The 32 teams decrease to 16 second round winners, who then move on to round three or the "Sweet 16." Those winners then move onto round four or the "Elite 8." Next comes the fifth round or the "Final Four," followed by the Championship Round to determine the winner of the NCAA Tournament and the last entry in the bracket.

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