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What is Pick Em?
Pick Em is a generic term for a contest where people attempt to predict future outcomes of sports events. This could come in the form of picking the winner of a game, picking against a spread, or predicting more specific aspects of what happens during a game.
What kinds of Pick Ems are there at PGU?
All kinds. If there is in interest in having one, it gets done. Football (both college and NFL), NFL Playoffs, NBA Playoffs, NCAA tourney pools, baseball, you name it. There are also Fantasy League groups for PGU that use sites like Yahoo and ESPN.
However, when talking about THE Pick Em at PGU, it is the College Basketball league. This is the main event. It is the longest lasting, most involved, most popular, and is one of the best parts of PGU. The remainder of the FAQ will pertain solely to the College Basketball Pick Em.
How do I sign up to play?
You don't have to sign up. There are no forms to fill out, no fees to pay. Just answer the Pick Em questions, and you are playing!
Where are the questions?
For the college basketball pick em, and most others, we use the automated pick em system which can be found here or by clicking "Pick 'Em" in the menu bar above. Sometimes pick em contests may be held in topics on the forums, so keep an eye out.
What is the deal with the teams?
Most participants in the Pick Em choose to join a Pick Em team. There are currently 16 teams, each owned by PGU members, and comprised of PGU members. During the season, the teams play one another each week. During the NCAA tournament, the top Pick Em teams are also in a tournament, and in the end, the top team is crowned champion.
How do I get a colored name?
Each Pick Em team has a color, and team members can choose to have their name show up in that color rather than the default black. To change your color, go here and join the team you are on. After you join it, make sure to choose to identify yourself as a member of the group lower on that page.
How do I join a team?
It all depends what time of year it is. During the late summer through mid-season, you are eligible to sign with any team that wants to sign you. During the end of the season (February, March), the team rosters are locked, and they are no longer able to make trades or sign free agents. After the season is over, there is a draft, which works much the same way as the NBA draft does. Only players who have never signed with a pick em team before are eligible for the draft.
Do I have to join a team to play?
Absolutely not. For those who will be participating on a regular basis, it is highly recommended that you join a team, as this is where the camaraderie and rivalry really make this pick em fun. However, if you don't want the committment of a team, you can just play individually and compare your skills with the rest of the league. Additionally, there is the 1v1 league, where players match up head to head each week. Players on a team can also play in the 1v1 league.
What is the team locker room? Where is it?
Each team has their own private forum to discuss their picks for the week. Only team members have access. You can find your team forum on the main forum page. It is a subforum right underneath the main "2013-2014 Arizona Basketball Pick Em League" forum. It will have the title of your team name and sits next to the Past Pick Em subforum.
So how exactly does this work?
During the season, each week counts as a pick em game. Every week, questions will be posted in 3 categories: Arizona, Pac-10, and NCAA. Generally, there will be 5 questions in each category, for a total of 15. Everyone answers the questions, then after the games are played, everyone's results are totaled up. The more answers you got right, the more points you get.
What types of questions are there?
Many, many types, though always multiple choice. You can check out the past questions here. A typical Arizona category question might be: How many points will Nic Wise score against NAU? a) Under 15, b) 16-20, c) 21-25 d) 26+. A typical Pac-10 category question might be: Who will grab the most rebounds Saturday? a) Jon Brockman, b) Jordan Hill, c) Taj Gibson, d) Jeff Pendergraph. A typical NCAA question might be: Who will win the games between Michigan-Minnesota and Ohio State-Wisconsin? a) Michigan and OSU, b) Michigan and Wisconsin, c) Minnesota and OSU, d) Minnesota and Wisconsin. That should give you some idea of what to expect, though some questions are a bit more complicated than that.
How do the team scores get calculated?
Each week, the team owner or coach sets his lineup. It is comprised of 5 starters and 4 bench players. The team score is the total of the 5 starters individual scores plus the 2 best of the 4 bench players scores. The team with the higher score wins the game.
What do the winners get? Are there prizes?
The main reward that comes with any pick em is the bragging rights. However, for those who are interested in a more tangible prize, you won't be disappointed. Each season has had an awesome prize, including iPads, iPhones, and PGU Private Forum membership.
Where can I learn more about the teams, rules, history, etc.?
This topic has links to everything you would like to know.