6 rounds.

68 teams.

Thousands of possibilities.

One winner.

Statsketball Tournament 2017

Thanks for your interest, but the 2017 Statsketball Competition closed on March 15, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The winners of the “Pick ‘Em” Upset Challenge and the “Build Your Own Bracket” Challenge will be announced shortly after the Championship game on April 3.

In the meantime, check out the leaderboard in the “Build Your Own Bracket” Challenge through the Round of 8

Teams Total Points Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Just a Guess 38 9 10 9 10
Original Boy with Red Jacket 33 11 14 3 5
NC State Sports Analytics 32 10 6 6 10
Just Guessin’ 27 10 14 3 0
Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group 25 11 8 6 0

Contest 1: “Pick ‘Em”: Upset Challenge

Submit a list of 32 winners to the first-round games.

You will earn two points for each winner picked correctly + seed difference for a lower seeded win.

For example: Correct prediction of a No. 12 seed over a No. 5 seed would be worth 2 + (12 – 5) = 9 points; correct prediction of No. 5 seed win is worth two points.

The winner will be determined by the individual with the most points along with essay considerations for originality and creativity.

Contest 2: “Build Your Own Bracket”: Draft Challenge

You have 224 drafts points to assemble your cohort of teams from the seeded participants.

A team’s draft points (DPs) are determined by their seeding:

No. 1 seeds are 75 DPs; #2, 40; #3, 25; #4, 20; #5, 17; #6, 15; #7, 12; #8, 10; #9, 9; #10, 8; #11, 7; #12, 6; #13, 5; #14, 4; #15, 3; and #16, 1.

Submit your cohort of teams, not to exceed 224 points, with a 300-word description of your statistical techniques and methods to demonstrate your submitted work is original.

For each game, one of your cohort team advances is worth an increasing number of points as the tournament advances: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 for each corresponding round.

The winner will be determined by whose cohort has most points at the end of the tournament wins along with essay considerations for originality and creativity.


Each winner will receive the following prize package, not to mention the prestige, fame, and glory that comes with winning an inaugural intellectual competition put on by This Is Statistics!

  • $200 cash prize
  • A complimentary student membership to the American Statistical Association
  • Statsketball Tournament 2017 winner t-shirt


Who is eligible to participate in the contest?
  • Both contests are open to high school and college undergraduate students.
How can I enter the contest?
  • Submission are now closed.
How will winners be contacted?
  • Winners will be notified by phone or email, according to the contact information they listed in their submission form.
When is the deadline for entries?
  • Entries—including picks and essays—for both contests were due by March 15, 2017 at 12:00PM ET.
Can I enter both contests?
  • High school and undergraduate students were welcome to enter one or both contests. Those who entered both contests needed to prepare separate submissions for each contest.

Want to keep up with contest updates and results?

Let us know you’re interested


Contact Ashley at adurkin@stantoncomm.com for more information.

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