How do you score a person's predictions given the final outcome of the games? One could simply give one point for each game, other pools double the points in each round so each round is worth a total 32 points. Or one could base the score on seeds—there are four regions where each has 16 teams in some predetermined order of strength. Some pools give more points to predicting an upset, like seed 13 beating seed 4.
Is there a mathematically ideal way to score the predictions in the tournament yet simple enough for the average American office worker to understand? Billions of dollars are wagered on the NCAA tourney, so creating the perfect scheme can make quite a splash in the world of office pools.