Set up box pools, aka squares, for NCAA tourney games
Why not? People traditionally do them for football (especially the Super Bowl), but squares are just as easy and fun to do for basketball. One catch: Since the college game features two 20-minute halves, you have to divide them into 10-minute periods. Then, using the miracle of your DVR, pause the game at exactly the 10-minute mark to determine your results. Overtime can count as a fifth period, or an extension of the fourth period, your call.
In case you forget how to set up a box pool—which, for any non-sports fans in your group, requires exactly zero sports knowledge to participate in—here’s a refresher:
- Draw a 10 x 10 grid (or print one from the internet), and assign one team the “columns,” the other the “rows.” For example, Falcons across the top, Patriots along the side.
- Randomly enter the numbers 0 through 9 along each axis, and have each person in your group take turns initialing squares until the entire grid is filled.
- Following each quarter of the game, the person who initialed the box corresponding to the last digit of each team’s score is the winner.
For example, if the score is 14–6 Falcons, then the player who initialed the box for Column 4, Row 6 wins the quarter. And it doesn’t matter which team is ahead: your group winner would be the same if the Falcons were losing, say, 14–26, or 24–36. (As we said, knowledge of the game is not required.) The process repeats for each quarter of the game, so there are four chances to win.