Friday, March 23, 2018
Issue # 8.3.2 "Almost Chalk"
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CERRITOS, CA (smt)- #1MW-Kansas nearly blew a 20-point with 12 minutes left and a 15-point lead with 4:44 left but held off #5MW-Clemson comeback attempt, 80-76. Clemson got within 4 with 15 seconds left but could not get any closer. Kansas makes it third straight trip to the Elite 8 but the lost in the Elite 8 the past two years. #1E-Villanova fell behind 60-54 in the second half but outscored #5E-West Virginia 36-18 the rest of the game in winning 90-78. #2MW-Duke held off a late rally by upstart #11MW-Syracuse, 69-65. The Blue Devils had a 9-point lead with 4 minutes left but saw it cut to three with 41 seconds left and Syracuse had a chance to cut it to one with 7 seconds left but made just 1 of 2 free throws. So while the Midwest is chalk with #1 vs #2, the East lost their #2 seed Purdue, as #3E-Texas Tech pulled away after Purdue came within 3 with 5:27 left going on an 11-0 run to put the game away, 78-65 for their first ever trip to the Elite 8.
In the pool, M Star (96 pts) took back the lead from SacKings4Ever and leads by a point. Larzby moved into a tie for 2nd and was one of 5 to go 4-0 for the day (and 1 of 2 to go 5-3 for the round with the other being Spermicidal State who moved into a tie for 6th (90)). Bob G's two entries, Bob's Best Bets (92) and Philly Eagles Again (91), are 4th and 5th. Gators Ragnarok (143rd-T, 66) and West Coast Dreaming (125th-T, 70) went 0-4 today. iWillLose was one of 10 to go 1-7 for the round and remains in last with 48 pts.
Ten can still win the pool, led by SacKings4Ever (25.8%), Larzby (21.9%), and Bob's Best Bets (20.3%). 35 still have a chance to finish in the top 6. Blake H's three entries are all still alive (Bwakewey 1 (20th-Tied, 86), Bwakewey 2 (17th-T, 87), and Bwakewey 3 (20th-T, 86)). If you want to know which of the 128 scenarios you will win money, email or tweet @HWCI_Pools your request. For example, my son's SpAva's (31st-T, 84) 18 chances to win money are in the graphic and listed here. Blake H's request is here.
For the Bonus1, 82 still have a chance to win the $40. The minimum wins will be 12 as either the Big 12 or ACC will get #12 (Kansas-Duke) while the SEC and Big Ten were eliminated. The Big 12 has 3 teams in the Elite 8 and the ACC two. The Big 12 could finish with 17 wins and the ACC could finish with 16 wins.
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Tids & Bits - In the proper 64, the SEC finished 8-8, the Big East is 6-5, the Big 12 is 11-4 , the ACC is 11-7, the Big Ten is 7-3, the Missouri Valley is 3-0, and the Mountain West and WCC each finished 2-1 and 2-2, respectively... in the Bonus1, the ACC or Big 12 will get at least 12 wins (Kansas-Duke) so the top conference is at a minimum of 12 wins... thus, 10 were eliminated and 82 can still win the Bonus1... Villanova made the Elite 8 for the first time since '16, when they won the title and Duke made the Elite 8 for the first time since '15 when they won the title... Villanova was 13/24 from long distance... Duke ended the 1st half on a 10-0 run to go from 3 down to 7 up (34-27)... 127 picked Kansas, 142 picked Villanova, 72 picked Duke, and 27 picked Texas Tech... 6 are 0-for-the-Final Four... 12 still have 3 of 4 Final Four teams left... SacKings4Ever and Larzby can each get a max of 141 pts while Paint Crew (153rd-T, 60) can only get a max of 60 pts... KanUBeatA5thGrader and Spermicidal State are tied for 6th (90) but can't win the pool... Wuk2 is tied for 6th but can't win money... Kona Coast Sliders 1 is tied for 50th (80) but can still win the pool... STORMY Fever-Catch It and We Fam! are tied for 75th (77) but can still win money (2nd and 3rd, respectively)... Hungry Coyote (31st-T) has the longest odds to win money, just 1.56% (2 in 128)... after 93 went 0-4 yesterday just two went 0-4 today; the 0.42 wins on Thursday was one of the lowest and the 2.78 wins for the round was the 3rd lowest ('00 1.83, '11 2.56)...
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