Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Issue # 6.2.3 "You May Be Revived" [ Home | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Updates ]

CERRITOS/EL SEGUNDO, CA (smt)- Thanks to a strong push at the beginning of the
week, we received a record 138 entries. For the fourth straight year, we will have six
money spots as we have a record $1,380 to divvy out. The top
prize will be a record $555 which is $15 more than the record in 2012 (and $25
more than last year). 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 the past ten 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. This is the 11th year 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 XX), says "**Winningest Conference(s):
ACC | Wins: 11**", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and don't
laugh... or do), the ACC
conference will get the most wins with 11.

The rules of how to win this Bonus Prize is as follows:

1. First Four* wins do** **not** count
2. The top 6 finishers are *

3. Ties broken by championship final score total

4. If there is *still* a tie, money is split

5. If 2 (or more) conferences tie for the most wins, both (or all) conferences must have been picked correctly

6. If entry has 2 or more conferences tied for most wins, only one must be correct to win (e.g. entry picks Pac 10 and Big 12 with 11 wins a piece and the Big 12 ends up winning the most games with 11, then contestant wins)

And, the Bonus Prize is worth $40, which is four years worth of losing brackets. Last year, the Big Ten was the winningest conference with 14 wins. But if no one correctly picks the winningest conference and wins, then the

If no one wins the

The rules of how to win this Bonus Prize is as follows:

1.

2. "Closest" can be above or below actual total (if actual is 144, 143 & 145 are both 1 point away)

3. Ties broken by highest placement (i.e., point total) in final pool standings

4. If there is *still* a tie, money is split

We are officially at 138 entries ($1,380). So, here is the official prize breakdown:

2nd Place = $290.00

3rd Place = $195.00

4th Place = $140.00

5th Place = $ 95.00

6th Place = $ 65.00

Bonus Prize =$ 40.00

What this means is that of the 34 entries that were eliminated from the top 6 prizes, 17 entries are back into play! So 101 of 138 entries still have a chance for

If you don't have your bracket, then go to the "For the Record" page and pick your nickname from the drop down box. Because of the First Four, what you see might change (since the SEC's Tennessee won the First Four game you'd have to add your predicted Tennessee wins to your total) so go to the Bonus page for your official picks. Remember that the First Four wins do

The Big 10 led with 69 entries thinking they would be the winningest conference followed by the ACC with 49, the Big 12 with 33, the Pac 12 with 20, and the Big 12 and SEC each with 1. 19 entries each picked the Big 10 with 11 wins.Teams Curr Max Poss Conf. Left Wins Wins ------- ----- ---- --------Pac12 3 7 15 Big10 3 6 15 SEC 3 6^ 14 Big12 2 6 13 AAC 2 5 12 ACC 1 5^ 9 x-Atl10 1 3 7 x-MWC 1 2 6x-Eliminated ^-Tenn/NC St. win in First Four does not count

Below are the teams in the conferences that matter for the

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.Conf. Teams Left (2nd Rnd W-L, 3rd Rnd W-L) ----- ----------Big10 MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN ST, WISCONSIN (3-2, 3-0) Pac12 UCLA, STANFORD, ARIZONA (4-2, 3-1) SEC FLORIDA, TENNESSEE, KENTUCKY (3-0, 3-0) AAC LOUISVILLE, UCONN (3-1, 2-1) Big12 BAYLOR, IOWA ST (4-3, 2-2) ACC VIRGINIA (4-2, 1-3)

Here is the link to what everyone picked. If your nickname is in red, that means you're eliminated from the top 6 prizes; if your conference is in red, you're eliminated from the

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--------*Too many teams switching conferences! ... *
Scott