2016 March Madness Bracket Excel Template

2017 March Madness Bracket (Excel and Google Sheet)

UPDATED For 2017!

March 13, 2017
– Added all the teams from yesterday’s selection
– Updated all dates on Men & Women brackets
– Cleared Women’s bracket for today’s selection

Feb 28, 2017
I’ve cleared the Google Sheets version to get ready for this year. Excel version will follow shortly. 


UPDATE March 14, 2016: We’ve added a bracket for the Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship. See links below.

UPDATE March 14, 2016: We’ve updated the Excel and Google Sheets templates to include the picks from Selection Sunday yesterday. They are pre-populated and ready to go with all the teams from the 2016 March Madness tournament! Good luck!

UPDATE March 8, 2016: The New 2016 March Madness Bracket is here! By popular demand, we’ve updated the spreadsheet to the March Madness Bracket Excel and Google Sheets Templates. We’ve made a few tweaks and minor improvements. We’ll be updating this again after Selection Sunday!

Your 2017 March Madness Bracket template is here! Whether you are in charge of running your office pool, looking for a bracket to plan your bets, or just a really organized fan of college basketball, we’ve put together an easy to use spreadsheet for tracking this year’s tournament in Excel or Google Sheets.

There are tons of downloadable March Madness brackets out there, so if you’ve come to us to download a copy, it’s probably because you know that our sheets will contain cool features that others won’t (we’re spreadsheet addicts).

If, like us, you’re interested in spreadsheets, keep reading below the links! If you just want to download your 2017 March Madness template, we won’t keep you waiting – just click one of the buttons below.

Download a copy of the 2017 March Madness Bracket here

Download a copy of the 2017 Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship Bracket here

Update!
We’ve added both an Excel and Google Sheets template version for the 2016 Women’s NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship. Thanks to Angel for the request! 

What we Added

Okay, okay, we actually didn’t add anything too exciting into the March Madness bracket spreadsheet other than some simple Data Validation. The idea came to us pretty late, so we were more focused on getting the template out for the beginning of the tournament.

The template has a section at the bottom for the “First Four” games which will be starting tomorrow! If you look at the main bracket, you’ll see the placeholders such as “VAN / WICH” showing for the slots that are still undetermined. If you’re betting on those slots don’t worry, selecting your choice at the bottom will automatically update that game for the second round (After Vanderbilt Wins!).

first round ncaa selection animation

 

Don’t worry, if you only need the template for the 2nd round, it works great for that too, just ignore (or even delete) the first round section at the bottom.

As for the rest of the bracket, you can simply select from a dropdown out of the two teams that you had selected in the previous round. We thought this was a pretty basic idea, but we hadn’t seen it in any of the other March Madness spreadsheet templates we had looked at, so we figured we’d make one.  And it works just as you’d expect.

Demo of our march madness bracket selection working automatically

 

Saving your March Madness Picks

Once you (or your friends) have locked in that perfect bracket and need to send it off to the pool organizer, the best thing to do is either print it or export it as PDF. This ensures that your file isn’t easily or accidentally edited and you can claim your undisputed victory prize.

To save the file as a PDF in Google Sheets, simply go to the File menu and select Download as, and then choose the .pdf option.

save the march madness bracket as a pdf

 

For the best results, make sure you turn off gridlines and away you go!

Export your Google Sheets with gridlines

 

Thanks and Good luck with your NCAA bracket! If you need some help with your picks, check out the post from FiveThrityEight on some data-backed March Madness predictions.

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          1. Just FYI … the buttons are backwards on the Women’s Bracket. The Google Sheets button downloads an Excel sheet and the Excel button takes you to a Google Sheets. 🙂

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  2. I downloaded a copy of the bracket this morning to fill in my bracket and I noticed only one side of the bracket was working. The drop down menus on the right side of the bracket has the teams from the left side of the bracket listed.

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      Uh Oh! Thanks for pointing that out! Not sure what happened there. I’ve updated it again so it should be working and be up-to-date for the completed games. Good luck with your picks!

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  3. the 2017 excel version of the Womens brackets is blank (e.g., not pre-populated with the team names). Will you record the team names today?

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  4. Is there any way to pull the scores from a website like ESPN and put them in the bracket to move teams on automatically based on who has the higher score?

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      Hey Parker,

      That would be amazing. I won’t be able to do something like that for this season, but I’ll see what I can come up with for next year. I wonder if there are any API’s for services like that. I’ll look into and let you know!

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