For the Men's College Basketball Tournament

This March will be a three week period of madness packed will buzzer beaters, cinderella teams, and it's a sports poolers dream. But how can you keep the excitement alive when most of your members have had their brackets busted? A great option is our Madness Squares pool format, as every game of the tournament will have a winner!

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How Do Madness Squares Work?

If you are familiar with Super Bowl Squares, the core concept is the same for the NCAA tournament in March. A 10x10 grid of boxes is setup and each row and column are assigned a number from 0 to 9. Just like a Super Bowl Squares pool, each square of the grid can be claimed by a pool member.

  • Pool members login and click grid squares to claim them.
  • Grid numbers are hidden from your members until you decide to show them or the Tournament begins, whichever comes first.
  • Unlike the Super Bowl where there is only ONE game, members' squares are theirs for EVERY game, starting with the round you choose.
  • At the end of every game, we automatically compare the last digit of both teams' score is to determine a winner.
  • We will list each individual winner as well as aggregate count of how many times each pool member has won.

Picking Squares

Throw away the poster board! Get rid of the colored markers! Members of your Squares pool will simply login to the website and click the square(s) they want. We also provide the option for Administrator's to enter the names of "guests" into squares, for those that don't want to register and log in. Members of your pool can join and participate from anywhere in the country ... or the world.

Brand Your Pool

Add your company or organization logo to customize the look of your Squares pool. For more information, see our Brand Your Pool page.

Results and Winning Squares

Winning boxes are determined by looking at the final score of each game. The top row of numbers (horizontal) represents the winning team while the side (vertical) represents the losing team.


In this example, North Carolina is the winning team and the last digit of their score (73) is 3. We would look for the 3 across the top of the grid. Miami's score was 64, so we look for the 4 down the left side of the grid.

In the sample grid below, the winner in this example would be Paul Lombardi. However, you would not be required to find the winner, as we do that work for you, as you can see in the Game Results and Winning Squares section below.

Pool members see the squares grid and all other pool members picks online, in real-time. The completed squares grid can also be printed out and distributed so members don't need to be near a computer to see who has won.


6 Bob Hagan Paul Lombardi     Stephanie Ryan   Erik the Dictator     Vera Padden
7 Luisa Rivera   Claire Donaldson       Stephanie Ryan   Vera Padden  
1   Stephanie Ryan     Vera Padden   Claire Donaldson Jeff Padden    
3       Erik the Dictator     Paul Lombardi Luisa Rivera    
5     Jeff Padden     Rahul Sidiqqi Bob Hagan     Stephanie Ryan
8   Rahul Sidiqqi     Claire Donaldson     Paul Lombardi   Big Lou Romano
4 Paul Lombardi   Bob Hagan Erik the Dictator       Luisa Rivera    
9     Luisa Rivera     Team Cooper   Rahul Sidiqqi Luisa Rivera  
2 Vera Padden       Team Cooper         Mike Reynolds
0   Mike Reynolds   Team Cooper   Big Lou Romano        

Game Results and Winning Squares

Winning Team (Top) Losing Team (Side) Winning Member Top Score Side Score

Round 1

(7) North Carolina  
(10) Miami (FL)   Paul Lombardi 73 64
(8) George Mason  
(9) Villanova   Stephanie Ryan 62 57
(4) Kentucky  
(13) Princeton   [Empty Square] 59 57
(11) Marquette  
(6) Xavier   Stephanie Ryan 64 55

Winning Members

Member # of Winning
Stephanie Ryan 2
Paul Lombardi 1
[Empty Square] 1
Member # of Winning
Stephanie Ryan 2
Paul Lombardi 1
[Empty Square] 1

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Options for Pool Commissioners gives Pool Commissioners numerous options to make your Squares pool as flexible as possible:

  • Number assignment options - Grid numbers can be randomly assigned or custom assigned by the Administrator for each grid.
  • Maximum pick count - Administrators can specify the maximum number of boxes that a member can pick. This number can be different for each grid in a pool.
  • Easy grid setup - You can create a new grid at any time (for an additional fee).
  • Multiple grids per pool - Add new grids to your existing pool in seconds. They'll all be handled under a single login for you and your members.

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Start your Squares pool with us today. If you have any additional questions, please contact us via email at We're happy to answer any questions you may have.

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College Basketball Tournament Squares Pool Pricing

Your pool can contain an unlimited number of grids. The total cost to run an College Basketball Tournament Squares pool for up to 100 members is $19.95 PER GRID.

Included in the cost is the added benefit that we retain your pool information and members from year-to-year. Simply reset your pool next year and have your members log back in to pick again.

Brand Your Pool

Add your company or organization logo to customize the look of your Squares pool. For more information, see our Brand Your Pool page.

Private Message Boards

Every College Basketball Tournament Squares pool hosted at includes a free, private message board. Your pool's message board, accessible only to your pool members, is a great way to communicate with members.

Frequently Asked Questions

The NCAA Men's Basketball tournament is an invite-only 68-team competition played annually across four separate geographic locations separated as West, East, MidWest and South. The tournament, which traditionally starts in mid-March and ends in early April, features both college conference winners and at-large bids in a seed system.

NCAA Basketball Squares Pools contain a 10x10 grid with each row and column being numbered 0-9. Prior to the tournament's start, pool members can login and select their squares. Next, when the tournament begins, the grid numbers are revealed. Members keep the same squares for each game and RunYourPool keeps track of the winners and other helpful statistics.