LEADING OFF
EDITOR'S LETTER
PICKING A WINNER
BRACKETOLOGY 101
PREDICTING NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMES IS A TIMELESS TRADITION WITH MANY INTERPRETATIONS—BUT A FEW RULES ARE SET IN STONE
METRICS SYSTEM
In a tournament in which the champion must win six (or seven) single-elimination games, there's plenty of room for randomness. These three advanced statistics can provide a framework for picking a smarter bracket
Departments
THE TOURNAMENT IN PHOTOS
THROUGH THE LENS OF RICH CLARKSON
THE VETERAN OF 59 FINAL FOURS HAS CHRONICLED COLLEGE BASKETBALL FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND HIS PICTURES TELL THOUSANDS OF STORIES. HE SHARES THE IMAGES THAT MEAN THE MOST TO HIM
POINT AFTER

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)