How do you make your NCAA tournament selections?

Posted 13 Mar 2012 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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Do you use open source when completing your NCAA tournament bracket?
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I make the picks myself
20% (16 votes)
I crowdsource my selections
10% (8 votes)
I conduct research based on available data
11% (9 votes)
I choose based on mascots
60% (49 votes)
Total votes: 82

The craziness of March basketball is here. Sports fans and offices around the world are filling out NCAA tournament brackets. Can open source help you make the right picks?

You might prefer to make the picks yourself based on your own basketball knowledge. Maybe you crowdsource your selections based on previous picks or expert opinions. Or are you one of those people that spends hours digging through all the data and stats available?

No matter how you make your picks, even if it's based on which team has the better mascot, how does open source influences your selections?

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4 Comments

Hunter Wise
A little of everything. Still working on the perfect formula, though.
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jhibbets
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I think my bracket is ready to rock. Got a few upsets picked (NC State beating Georgetown of course) and Ohio State wins it all. Final four: Kentucky, UNC, Missouri, and Ohio State. Go Pack! Jason
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akalata
Are there any open-source implementations for creating brackets and managing a group's predictions? My office pool is looking for a customizable solution for next year. BTW, I'm pretty sure "NCAA" is not a trademark of a broadcasting company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Collegiate_Athletic_Association), though I don't know about the other terms usually associated with the event: March Madness, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, Big Dance, etc...
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jhibbets
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I do not believe there are any open source bracket tools. I did hear about something in the work last year but can't remember the name of it or if it's still around. Jason
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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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