Every fall we were more than a little envious of all the NFL fans who could join the various survivor pools floating around. Perhaps it was the simplicity of it that was attractive; maybe the all-or-nothingness. Regardless of the reason, we always quietly wished that we could come up with something equally fun and compelling to engage fans throughout the season in college basketball. That time is now. We’re not sure exactly how this will turn out, but we’ve developed the framework of what we think is a workable #cbbsurvivor game. The form that you will need for Week One is located here, and the rules are below:
Pick two teams that you think will go unbeaten next week (Monday Nov. 17 – Sunday Nov. 23). The deadline for entries in Week One is 6:00 PM ET on Monday. You cannot choose teams that you have already chosen in previous weeks, and it is your responsibility to know which teams you’ve already used. Your pool of available teams are the 65 schools from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
- If both your teams go unbeaten, you advance to next week (note: both teams MUST play at least one game).
- If your teams split (one unbeaten; one loses), you use a strike and advance to next week. You’re allowed three strikes during the season. A fourth strike eliminates you.
- If both your teams lose at least one game, you are eliminated.
- If you attempt to use the same team twice in a season or if you miss a weekly deadline, you are eliminated.
The last #cbbsurvivor standing will win two tickets to the 2015 NCAA Regional of his choice. Second and third place will receive RTC t-shirts. One entry per person, please.