The first step in playing Tournament Challenge is to create your bracket/entry. You will need to have an bracket/entry created before you're able to join any Tournament Challenge Groups. The ability to fill-out your bracket/entry with team picks will become available after all the teams in the Tournament have been set and the timer counts down to "0". Once tip-off of the Tournament starts bracket creation will become locked.
Once you've filled out your bracket and the Tournament is underway you will start to notice that the accuracy of your picks is displayed directly on the bracket. See below for explanations of each notation, please also note the example screenshots below are from a 2019 Tournament Challenge bracket.
Green: Correct pick - You have selected the right team to win the game. The below bracket correctly picked Duke to prevail over Virginia Tech and move to the next round.
Red: Incorrect pick - You picked the wrong team to win the game. The below bracket incorrectly picked Duke to win but in reality Michigan State moved on.
Grey: Incorrect Team - The team is grey, with a lint through it, means they did not make it to the game as you had predicted. The below bracket predicted Maryland vs Michigan State but the actual game was LSU vs Michigan State. However, the correct team was still picked to win!
For the National Championship you will be asked to predict both the winner of the game and the total score for each team. The "Predicted Score" would only be used in the event of a tie between two brackets.
For example, the predicted score below was 67 - 63 and actual game score 77 - 85. To calculate you'd simply subtract the lower scores from the higher scores to get the number of total points you were away from getting the score exactly correct. In this case it would be (77 - 67) + (85 - 63)= 32 points off the exact score. Whomever is the closest to the final score would be awarded the win.
We hope you enjoy ESPN Tournament Challenge 2021! Good luck!