Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Issue # 6.2.3 "We'll Pay You in Silver"
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GOLETA, CA (smt)- With all four #1s, #2s, #3s and two #4s and a #5 and #12 in the Sweet 16, the sum seed total of 49 is the lowest since seeding began. #1W-Gonzaga and #1MW-UNC have closed out games strongly while #1E-Duke needed some luck and non-whistles and #1S-Virginia trailed #16S-Gardner-Webb by 14 at one point. Beleaguered conference Pac 12 has its #12S-Oregon in the mix while the ACC (5), SEC (4), and the Big Ten (3) continue to dominate.
With the mostly chalk Sweet 16, one entry (Center Road) around the world actually has a perfect bracket, and he didn't even know it! I use this sometimes in my statistics class showing the 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,780,000 odds of picking a perfect bracket or if you do some weighting of seeds, maybe get it down to 1 in 67,582,737,423. Still virtually impossible. How has our group done in 25 years? No one has gone a perfect first round with Air Fabone 23 (Scott T) going 31-1 in 2017. With Honey Badger (Scott D) going 16-0 this year, he became the first to have a perfect Round 2. What the future lie? Van&Sam (Van P) in 2007 was able to 8-0 in the Sweet 16, 4-0 in the Elite 8, and 2-0 for the Final Four. But she missed the champion (Florida beat Ohio St)! Unfortunately, Center Road was not eligible for Warren Buffet's million dollar for life Sweet 16 challenge!
While you are taking a breather, take a listen to "Blow Me Away" from one of the unsigned bands Paul T (Poolrider (149th-T, 70 pts) helps promote and always his 3rd entry, Recent Rumors (131st-T, 75), a pop rock band from Dallas). Our 25th year saw a 162 entries from 111 people. We will have six money spots and we have $1,620 to divvy out. The top prize will be $645, $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 for the past 15 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 (Silver Fabone), says "Winningest Conference(s): ACC | Wins: 20", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and please laugh), the ACC (regardless of which ACC teams win) will get the most wins with 20.
Conf. Teams Left (1st Rnd W-L, 2nd Rnd W-L) ----- ---------- ACC DUKE, UNC, VIRGINIA, FLORIDA ST, VIRGINIA TECH (5-2, 5-0) SEC KENTUCKY, LSU, TENNESSEE, AUBURN (5-2, 4-1) Big10 MICHIGAN, PURDUE, MICHIGAN ST (7-1, 3-4) Big12 TEXAS TECH (4-2, 1-3) AAC HOUSTON (2-1, 1-1) Pac12 OREGON (2-1, 1-1) WCC GONZAGA (1-1, 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.
Well, silver may be a stretch, cold hard check is what it will be...