Provide a firm understanding of the principles of "Bracketology" as applied to Division I college basketball and the NCAA® men's basketball championship. Includes a history of the NCAA Tournament ("March Madness®"), the team selection and seeding process, and the analysis undertaken by individual schools/conferences to position themselves for NCAA championship participation. The course will also explore the most common misconceptions "behind the bracket" as portrayed by the print/electronic media. Students will learn to conduct realistic mock brackets.
Online Course Content
This online course will consist of several modules and is designed to be completed within eight weeks. The material covered will include such topics as an introduction to "NCAA March Madness"; a History of the NCAA Tournament; NCAA Selection Committee(s), the Selection Process, Seeding and Bracketing, RPI, and the construction of mock brackets. It will also include an detailed explanation of the new 68 team format.
Each module will include one or two readings as well as discussion board time with Joe, where he will pose a question and then engage in conversation with you and your fellow students. The final "exam" in the course will be participation in a mock selection committee meeting, moderated by Joe and the construction of an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket. Successful completion of the course will earn a Certificate of Completion from Saint Joseph's University and a copy of the final bracket signed by Joe.
"Seating" is limited, so get your seat early. Course will launch online on Monday, January 14, 2013, and will conclude on Sunday, March 10, 2013, As a note, the NCAA's Selection SundayTM is Sunday, March 17, 2013. Cost to participate is $99 per seat. For questions, call 1-877.NITE .SJU or email questions to email@example.com. To apply, click here to complete the online application.
Joseph Lunardi (AKA "Joey Brackets") is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia).
Lunardi is best known for creating Bracketology, defined as the "art and science" of forecasting teams that will be selected for the annual NCAA men's basketball championship. Since 2002, he has become a fixture on ESPN's college basketball programming and has been writing for ESPN.com since its inception. Lunardi correctly forecast all 65 teams for the 2008 NCAA Tournament and has averaged no more than one missed team for the past eight seasons.
Beyond his seasonal duties at ESPN, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communications at Saint Joseph's where he oversees institutional marketing and branding, program advertising, web content, and other integrated communications initiatives. He is also entering his 20th season as color commentator for the Saint Joseph's Sports Network (SJSN).
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