Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Issue # 6.2.3 "Winners and Losers"
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EL SEGUNDO/CERRITOS, CA (smt)- The #1 most expected not to last fell in the 2nd round (W-Xavier) but the overall #1 who became the first #1 seed to lose to a #16 seed was a shocker (S-Virginia). The two #1 seeds (E-Villanova and MW-Duke) don't have much elite company as they are only joined by five other teams in the top 16 (last time in the pool era was 2000). Incredibly two #7s, two #9s, and two #11s are in the Sweet 16. Three #5 seeds fill up the remaining spots. There has been one buzzer beater (#3W-Michigan over #6W-Houston) and a few near buzzer beaters in one of the more exciting tournaments in recent years. #11S-Loyola-Chicago has won on two shots in the final seconds (0.3 and 3.6 seconds left) to win by a combined total of 3 points while #7S-Nevada has twice rallied from 14-point second half deficits (14 to #10S-Texas and 22 to #2S-Cincy). #11MW-Syracuse became the eighth straight First Four team to win 1st Round and the fourth to win in 2nd Round. Eleven games have gone to overtime (2) or decided by 3 points or less. Whew.
While you are taking a breather, take a listen to "She's Forever" from one of the unsigned bands Paul T (Poolrider (102nd-T, 63 pts) helps promote and always his 3rd entry, Cinema for the Blind (25th-T, 73), a young brother-sister duo). Our 24th year saw a 156 entries (and our first removed entries (4) since 2002) from 108 people, some making their appearance for the first time since 2014. We will have six money spots as we have $1,560 to divvy out. The top prize will be $620, $70 less than last year when we had a record 178 entries. The prize distribution is listed below and as always, all fee money goes into prizes. So we have those top six spots plus the Bonus. What's the Bonus? Read on...
As it has been for the past 14 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 6 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 (The Fabone 2x4), says "Winningest Conference(s): ACC, Big 10, Big East | Wins: 11", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and please laugh), the 3 conferences will get the most wins with 11 each.
Conf. Teams Left (1st Rnd W-L, 2nd Rnd W-L) ----- ---------- ACC CLEMSON, DUKE, FLORIDA ST, SYRACUSE (5-4, 4-1) Big12 KANSAS, KANSAS ST, TEXAS TECH, WEST VIRGINIA (4-3, 4-0) SEC KENTUCKY, TEXAS A&M (6-2, 2-4) Big10 MICHIGAN, PURDUE (4-0, 2-2) MVC LOYOLA-CHICAGO (1-0, 1-0) MWC NEVADA (1-1, 1-0) WCC GONZAGA (1-0, 1-0)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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