Thursday, March 24, 2016
Issue # 8.3.1 "Chalk!"
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CERRITOS, CA (smt)- The same story. The top seeds builds a big lead, the lower seeds fights back, then the top seed goes on a run and wins in a landslide. #2S-Villanova, #2W-Oklahoma, #1S-Kansas, and #1W-Oregon won easily to setup a pair of 1 vs 2s in the Elite 8. Not much else to say.
To make up the short summary, here is the round-up for the 6th HWCI NCAA First Four for Charity. Vi P was one of six to go 4-0 and sneaked out the title by a single point over Tom J and Neil O. The blowouts caused her point difference of 45 to be the highest of the six contests. Scott T finished last in 21st place going 1-3 with a point differential of 81. But the important part is that money is being raised for charity. This year, at least $82 has been raised to support Star Wars: Force for Change. I will round up to $100 if there are no more donations that come in. In the six years, I have donated $299 to six different charities. The best part is that HWCI NCAA patrons have contributed an additional $253 for a total of $552. I try to vary the charities each year ranging from timely disaster relief (American Red Cross), serious illness research (American Cancer Society - Relay for Life, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (Breast Cancer)), strategic/educational (MathCounts), personal (Friends of Renee), and humanitarian (Star Wars: Force for Change). If you have ideas for next year, let me know.
|HWCI NCAA First Four For Charity Contest||$552.00||$299.00||$253.00|
||Friends of Renee||$69.00||$44.00||$25.00|
||Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation||$122.00||$47.00||$75.00|
||Star Wars: Force For Change||$82.00||$42.00||$40.00|
As for the main pool, what if tomorrow never came for The Resistance? In the first days of each round, he is 27-1. Unfortunately, tomorrow comes and in the second days of each round he is 14-10 with at least two guaranteed losses tomorrow. But he is alone in first with 102 points with Buccos 1 and Bigtenfan in second with 100. 45 went 4-0 as all four top seeds won but IamOnly11 (147th-Tied, 64) and DrNaismith (146th, 65) did go 0-4. Billy Holye's Socks is last with 62 pts with the previous cellar dweller TimW going 4-0 to rise to a tie for 133rd (72). Zarinc (6th-T, 94) has the best chance for 1st (14.5%) but just a 22.9% for money while five have a better than 30% for money. 45 entries were eliminated leaving 73 with a chance for money while almost half the entries were eliminated for 1st (from 63 to 33).
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Tids & Bits - 88 picked Villanova, 99 Oklahoma, 129 Kansas, and 105 Oregon... Villanova shot 63% (including 10/15 on 3s) but interestingly #3S-Miami shot 53% in the loss (including 10/17 on 3s)... 11 still have their Final Four intact while 17 only have one left... Bigtenfan still can get 7 Elite 8 teams in while QueenB (140th-T, 69) can only get one...
Day 1 gives me hope, Day 2 brings me to reality...