Published on March 11, 2021 by Mallory Messer  
samford march madness

As the 2021 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament is approaching, senior sports marketing student Mallory Messer has been working on the launch of a campus wide competition known as the Samford March Madness Matchup. This competition will allow different groups of students, faculty, and staff on campus to create a bracket based on the strategy of their choice in hopes of being this year's champion. These groups will include University departments, greek organizations, sports teams, and more. Follow along as the Center for Sports Analytics figures out which Samford group has the winning bracket.

How to Join

Any Samford group or organization is allowed to participate in this competition. To join simply email your group, your group’s representative, and the group representative’s email address. Then, you will create your bracket through the SAMU Madness Matchup group on the Fantasy ESPN website.

Create My Group’s Bracket

Competition Timeline

  • Sunday, March 14th 5:00 pm CT: Selection Sunday
  • Sunday, March 14th 8:00 pm CT: Brackets Open Online
  • Thursday, March 18th 4:00 pm CT: Brackets Submitted
  • Tuesday, April 6th Time TBD: March Madness Trophy Presentation

Game Timeline

  • March 18th - 20th: First Round
  • March 21st - 22nd: Second Round
  • March 27th - 28th: Sweet Sixteen
  • March 29th - 30th: Elite Eight
  • April 3rd: Final Four
  • April 5th: National Championship

We are excited to share that the Samford Caf will be displaying all games that are playing during hours of operation. Grab some friends and enjoy the game!

About the Author

Mallory Messer is Senior Marketing and Management double major with a concentration in Sports Marketing.