NCAA bracket game that rewards risk-taking

Posted to Statistics  |  Tags: , , , ,  |  Nathan Yau

Unlike traditional bracket-picking, the Upshot’s bracket game has a twist. You still want to pick the winners, but you get rewarded extra points if you choose a winning team that’s less of a crowd favorite.

It’s a more interactive bracket than most. It will award points based on the same economic principles behind the stock market, the real estate market and most of the American economy: the principles of supply and demand. The more unusual that your picks are, the more points you’ll receive (so long as those picks are correct). We reward people who take the road less traveled to Indianapolis, site of this year’s Final Four.

In other words, you try to pick winners, but more importantly, you try to pick teams that most people think will lose but actually win.

Make your picks. To make things interesting, the Upshot is running a contest. The person (who officially enters the contest) with the highest score wins an Apple Watch.

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