Pick ‘Em will return for a fourth year! It’s going to be run very similar to last season — with the seasons split on the first day of conference play. (December 29th)
The OVC Tournament, and all postseason tournaments will be added to the Winter season this year, instead of being their own season.
Even though this game is just for fun — we do want a fair competition, so last year we made these official-sounding rules. They’re below:
You’ll be picking games against the spread provided. That spread will be provided by 8 a.m. EST the day of the games (although I will make every effort to have those spreads posted the night before) You pick which team will win against that spread. A pick for a game must be in by the tip-off of that game. Picks can be made one of two ways:
All comments on the site, as well as tweets are time stamped. That stamp will determine whether a pick was made in time for a game. If you miss an early tip you can pick the remaining games.
PICK ‘EM POSTS, SPREADS
All spreads will be posted in a post on ovcball.net, and a link provided to twitter through both @ovcball and @ovcpickem upon update. The entire season will be run through one post. Spreads and scoring will be updated in that same post throughout the season. All comments will be removed from the site for the next day’s picks — but will remain saved in case of a challenge or error notification.
Spreads will generally be taken from ESPN the evening before the game. The spread posted on the site may differ from the spread you see online, due to a change in the live lines, or simply the use of a different site. Only the spread posted on this site or the official twitter account counts towards our Pick ‘Em contest.
There will not be spreads for games against teams outside NCAA Division I.
Ex/ Team A vs Team B (-3)
In the example, Team B is favored by three points. So you would subtract three points from their final score. So if Team B won the game 77-75, team A would actually win against the spread.
DOUBLE DOWN PICK
Every day, you can choose to double down on a single game. By placing a (DD) after one pick — no more than one per day – that game is worth double. That means two wins if you’re right — or two losses if you’re wrong. You do not have to pick a double down if you choose.
We’ve used various scoring systems throughout the year, and after careful consideration, we will carry over last year’s win-loss scoring system. Every correct pick counts as win. Every incorrect pick counts as a loss. (For Double Down picks, see section above) If a pick is not made, or is made late, it will neither count as a win or loss. Also — any pushes, which occur when calculating the spread leads to a tie, counts as neither a win or loss.
The season will be split into three parts:
Fall season (All games before December 29th)
Winter season (All regular season games between December 29th and the end of the season)
The winner of each season will be determined by the highest winning percentage. Ties will be broken by most wins.
Standings will be split into two sections: “Eligible” and “Ineligible.” A player will be counted as eligible as long as their combined win-loss total adds up to 50-percent of the maximum win-loss total of any player.
SCORING CHALLENGES, ERRORS
All scoring will be done by hand, and will be tracked through a spreadsheet. Though I will do my best to prevent them, errors may happen. As part of the daily Pick ‘Em lines, I will make every effort to update scoring from the day before. At no point will more than three game days pass without a scoring update. If you believe I have made an error — contact me through any of the means listed above for making picks. I will double check not only your score for that day — but everyone who entered that day as well.
Any challenge to the rules can also be made through the same lines of communication.
While I don’t anticipate rule changes, it is impossible that I can forsee every potential issue that may arise. All efforts will be made to ensure a fair competition, but I can not guarantee that the above rules will not be changed. All rule changes will be clearly communicated at the top of a Pick ‘Em post if such a change is necessary.
This game may be discontinued at any time.