Friday, March 26, 2021
Issue # 6.2.3 "Hello 7th Place, We Missed Ya"
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NOT IN EL SEGUNDO,CA (smt) - While the last tournament ('19) saw a record low seed total in the Sweet 16 (four #1, four #2, four #3, two #4, #5, #12) of 49, this year saw a record high seed total of 94 (three #1, two #2, #3, #4, two #5, #6, #7, #8, two #11, #12, #15) (was 89 in '86). The four double-digit seeds are not a record (6) but it is nice that we have at least one #1-#8 seed (large-large-large-large straight) in the Sweet 16. While #1MW-Illinois bit the dust the other three #1 seeds are still chugging along, with #1W-Gonzaga getting #5W-Creighton, and if past that, Pac 12 winner between #6W-USC and #7W-Oregon. While there were four overtime games in the first 16 games of the tourney (including First Four), there have been none since. 9 of the past 10 have been double-digit wins. The Big Ten (9 teams before First Four) saw its first three teams bow out in overtime (including #2S-Ohio St to #15S-Oral Roberts, who are in the Sweet 16) and then 5 of 6 lose in the 2nd round. The Big 12 (7 teams) won its first 5 games and then lost 6 of the next 7. But the SEC, ACC, and Big East managed to two teams in the Sweet 16.
While you are taking an extended break (next game isn't until Saturday!), take a listen to "Fall of the American Dream" (no, it's not dire like that) from one of the unsigned bands Paul T (Poolraider (121st-T, 58 pts) helps promote (always his 3rd entry, Rebel Kicks (142nd-T, 55)), an alt-rock band from NYC). Though I prefer the acoustic version. Our 26th year saw a second-best 165 entries from 101 people. Of the 101, 20 entered twice and a record 22 entered three times. But thanks to all, we hit the magic number of 165 entries (I had to look at my own history links page to find out what I had set it to years back) which means we will have a 7th place prize (only other time was in '17 when we got 178 entries). We will have eight money spots (top 7 plus Bonus) and we have $1,650 to divvy out. The top prize will be $640, $5 less than last year to accommodate the 7th place prize. The prize distribution is listed below and as always, all fee money goes into prizes. What's the Bonus? Read on...
As it has been for the past 16 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 (The Fabone Marathon), says "Winningest Conference(s): Big 10 | Wins: 14", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and please laugh), the Big Ten (regardless of which Big Ten teams win) will get the most wins with 14.
Conf. Teams Left (1st Rnd W-L, 2nd Rnd W-L) ----- ------------------------------------- Pac12 OREGON, USC, UCLA, OREGON ST (5-0, 4-1) SEC ALABAMA, ARKANSAS (4-2, 2-2) ACC FLORIDA ST, SYRACUSE (2-5, 2-0) BigEast CREIGHTON, VILLANOVA (2-2, 2-0) Big10 MICHIGAN (6-2, 1-5) Big12 BAYLOR (6-1, 1-5)It's much too much to go through all the possibilities (not true this year, see Tids & Bits below) 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 - OK, since there are only two possible Bonus1 winners, for EEChick1400 to win, he needs Michigan to win the championship, UCLA and Oregon St to lose, the winner of USC-Oregon to lose to Gonzaga/Creighton, and the SEC to not pick up more than 4 wins; for Martlets2 to win, she would first not finish in the top 7, then she needs an SEC team (Florida St or Syracuse) to win the final, the other SEC team to lose in the semifinal, and the Pac 12 to not get more than two wins (though USC-Oregon will produce one win automatically for the Pac 12)... if neither of those two win, then most everyone is back alive for the Bonus2...
After six long weeks of weekend and overtime, I may get to enjoy this weekend...