Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Issue # 6.2.3 "Six Conferences Battle it Out for Supremacy"
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CERRITOS APT/EL SEGUNDO, CA (smt)- The top overall seed Villanova and 2 seeds Duke and Louisville are no more in somewhat of a chalk tournament thus far. 12 of the top 16 seeds are in the Sweet 16. While there have been no buzzer beaters or overtime games, there has been a lot of drama watching teams make clutch play after play (while you are taking a breather, take a listen to one of the unsigned bands Paul T (Poolrider) helps promote, Foreign Figures). Our 23rd year saw a record number of entries (178) from a record number of people (124), some making their appearance for the first time since 2002. For the first time, we will have SEVEN money spots as we have $1,780 to divvy out. The top prize will be $690, $95 more than last year. The prize distribution is listed below and as always, all fee money goes into prizes. So we have those top seven spots plus the Bonus. What's the Bonus? Read on...
As it has been for the past 13 years, the Conference
Wins is the Bonus Prize (as
detailed below) (aka, Bonus1).
However, if no one wins it, the Bonus2 takes
effect and the entry who is closest to the Total
Points in Final tiebreaker gets the Bonus Prize. We have used this Bonus to give hope to
those who get eliminated early as only those who do not finish in the top 7 will
be eligible to win. Rules follow below...
Bonus1 - Winningest Conference
When you completed your online entry and saw your picks (to print out), some of you might have been wondering what the heck "Winningest Conference(s): ?? | Wins: #" meant. And thus, subliminally, you were also picking which conference would get the most wins in the tournament and how many wins that conference would get via your direct picks. Neat, eh? So that output, which in my case (Air Fabone 23), says "Winningest Conference(s): ACC | Wins: 21", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and please laugh), the ACC conference will get the most wins with 21 (which won't happen by a long shot).
Conf. Teams Left (1st Rnd W-L, 2nd Rnd W-L) ----- ---------- Big10 WISCONSIN, PURDUE, MICHIGAN (5-2, 3-2) Big12 BAYLOR, WEST VIRGINIA, KANAS (4-2, 3-1) Pac12 ARIZONA, OREGON, UCLA (4-0, 3-1) SEC FLORIDA, SOUTH CAROLINA, KENTUCKY (4-1, 3-1) ACC NORTH CAROLINA (6-2, 1-5) BigEast XAVIER, BUTLER (3-3, 2-1)It's much too much to go through all the possibilities with four rounds remaining. But, if you do have a chance, this will guide you to which team to root for based on the conference the team is in.
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Tids & Bits - the pool started with 3 money spots in '95 and the top prize was just $70 from 12 entries... as the pool grew the prizes have expanded over the years (4th place '98, Bonus '03, 5th place '08, and 6th place '11)... ten entries are still alive thanks to the 7th place spot... Michael W (Go Big Blue!) reminded me that outside my left coast bubble, "USC" stands for the University of South Carolina and my ala mater is called the "rubbers" :-)... one of Tom C's (Tom) African sons is playing with #8-CAL BRACKET-Cal State Bakersfield and Fallou Ndoye and the team have advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals visiting #6-CAL BRACKET-UT-Arlington 6 p.m. PDT Wednesday night...BTW, the ACC isn't fairing so well in the NIT either with #1-SYRACUSE BRACKET-Syracuse ousted in the 2nd round and #2-IOWA BRACKET-Clemson losing in the first round; only #6-SYRACUSE BRACKET-Georgia Tech is still alive in the Quarterfinal...
Just a voyeur until Bonus2...