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  March 2002

NCAA Tournament Contest


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 Pittsburgh Standard

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Standardís free NCAA Tournament contest. If you want to have the opportunity to win a cash prize of $75.00, you have come to the right place.

Your mission if you choose is to first write the names of the 64 teams that made the tournament according to their respective rankings. After that let the contest begin.

You will be picking the teams that you think will make it into the next round including who will win the championship

There will be a point system that awards points and deducts points.  The player with the most points at the end of March Madness wins the cash prize.

 However, the cash prize is contingent on 75 or more people participating in the contest.

 The reasoning behind it is that the more people who participate, the more competitive it becomes to earn the prize.

If less than 75 people participate, the cash prize is the (number of people participating X  $1.00). If you are the only person participating, you automatically win a $1.00. If you choose to, you can donate money and it will be added to the prize money to make it bigger.

The contest will be from  Monday, March 10, 2002 to  Monday, April 01,2002.

 All entries must be given to Ramesh C. Reddy, Managing Editor of the PS, who will be collecting them in the Cathedral Cafť from 11:00 a.m- 2:00 p.m before the first game starts at noon on Thursday, March 14,02 if you donít want a penalty assessed. The Cathedral Cafe drop off  is for hard copies if you have problem sending it online.

After 12:00 p.m on March 14, 02, entries will still be accepted until April 1,02  with a penalty being assessed. When an entry is received, any NCAA tournament games that occurred in the previous days or  any games that are in progress will not count towards your point system.

For example, if you missed doing the entry for the 1st round before the round begins, you will receive  zero points for any games that occurred or are in progress. You can still attain points for games that have not occurred if you pick them correctly. You can play during any round you choose but the bonus point system will start at 10 for the round you began on.

For example, if you began with Round 1, then you receive 10 bonus points for every team you picked that won and your points get doubled in the additional rounds if your teams advance, i.e.:  2nd round: 20 pts, Sweet 16: 40 pts, Elite 8: 80 pts, Final Four: 160 points, Semifinals: 320 pts and Championship: 640 pts. If your team loses then you receive negative points with the same procedures.

Whatever round you begin at, your  bonus points start at 10. So, if you decide to enter the contest just for the Final Four, you receive 10 pts for the teams you pick correctly, 20 pts for the semifinal games picked correctly, and 40 pts for the championship if picked correctly. Thatís another way the penalty is assessed. The best way to try to get as many points as possible is to play from the 1st round and be correct.

If you are unable to make it, the entries can be sent as an  email attachment to pghstd+@pitt.edu. The only  difference is that you will be sending a text file transferring the information from the entry.  You can  also scan the entry form and send it. The deadline still applies for email entries too. You can also do the contest online at http://www.pitt.edu/~pghstd/NCAA.html

The deadline applies to online entries too which is before noon on March 14,2002. Any entries that come to me online after that time will be assessed a penalty based on the time I received it online. It is safe to send it on time.

Only one  entry per person is allowed and will be strictly enforced. If you win and want to claim the prize, you have to show any type  of   ID with your signature on it. It has to match the name and signature on your entry form. The only exception to having a signature is if it is sent online.

Points are also based on the teamsí rankings and whether or not they are favorites or underdogs.

You get more points if you pick underdog teams and they advance to the next round.  If  you pick #1 seed to advance to the next round and it does, you  gain 1 point but if you pick #16 over #1 to advance and it happens, you  get 16 points. The same procedure applies to all rankings.

There is also a penalty if you pick a favorite/underdog team and they lose. The penalty is higher if your underdog team loses because you took a higher risk and failed. If you picked  #16 ranked team and it loses, you lose 16 points for that round and every round you had picked that team. The same procedure applies to all rankings.

The perfect score you can receive in the game is 2740 and the lowest is Ė2740 if all the underdog teams win/lose and you picked all 32 of them .The perfect score you can receive is  2103 and the lowest is -2103 if all the favorite teams win/lose and you picked all 32 of them. If all contestants are in the negative, no one wins. You have to have a  positive score higher than your opponents even if it is just 1 pt at the end of the contest.

We will try to  update you  daily of your progress starting March 15,2002  until April 1, 2002 regarding who is in the lead and how many points they have. Please include a nickname so your real name does not have to be revealed during the postings.

Please fill out your name, email, address (optional), phone number, and nick name on the form.

 If you read the following rules and understand that you have to show a  type of valid ID to claim your prize if you are the winner and at no point can your answers be changed once the entry is  in, please write ACCEPT

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