Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Issue # 6.2.3 "Eight Money Spots"
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RARE WORKDAY IN EL SEGUNDO, CA (smt) - The four double-digit seeds (#10, two #11s, #15) in the Sweet 16 match last year's total with only the West getting all four top seeds in and the East losing #1 and #2. While the NCAA contest produced 506 perfect East Regions, our 169 entries only managed to produce 8 with 3 of the 4 teams (no one had St. Peter's). While defending champ #1E-Baylor was not expected to repeat, #2E-Kentucky was a popular two seed to win it all (3rd highest pick (14) behind Gonzaga and Arizona). While only four of 48 games (not including First Four) have ended with a 3 point margin or less, five games have gone to overtime. #1MW-Kansas, #1W-Gonzaga, and #1S-Arizona all survived nail-biters in the 2nd round, with the Zona game going to overtime. Only #5S-Houston has been stress free winning each game by at least 14 points. Only 4 of the 16 2nd Round games were won by more than 10 points.
Our 27th year saw a second-best 169 entries from 106 people. Of the 106, 27 entered twice (up 7 from last year) and 18 entered three times (down 4). 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 for the 3rd time. We will have eight money spots (top 7 plus Bonus) and we have $1,690 to divvy out. The top prize will be $650, $10 more than last year. 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 17 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 Perfect Fabone), says "Winningest Conference(s): SEC | Wins: 11", means that by the way I picked my bracket (and please laugh), the SEC (regardless of which SEC teams win) will get the most wins with 11.
|Conference||Teams Left||Current Wins||Max Possible Wins|
|Big 12 Conf||3||9||17|
|Big Ten Conf||2||8^||15|
|Atlantic Coast Conf (ACC)||3||7^||16|
|Big East Conf||2||5||11|
|x-Southeastern Conf (SEC)||1||4||8|
|x-American Athletic Conf (AAC)||1||3||7|
|x-West Coast Conf (WCC)||1||3||7|
|x-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf (MAAC)||1||2||6|
x-Eliminated from Most
^-Notre Dame and Indiana wins in First Four do not count
Conf. Teams Left (1st Rnd W-L, 2nd Rnd W-L) ----- ------------------------------------- Big12 KANSAS, TEXAS TECH, IOWA STATE (6-0, 3-3) Big10 MICHIGAN, PURDUE (6-2, 2-4) ACC DUKE, N CAROLINA, MIAMI FLA (4-1, 3-1) BigEast VILLANOVA, PROVIDENCE (3-3, 2-1) Pac12 ARIZONA, UCLA (2-1, 2-0)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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Tids & Bits - Sportsline claims to beat 92% of brackets but they only got 19 right in the first round and 8 in the second (e.g., East, Midwest) (62 pts in our pool, good for a tie for 136th)... Gonzaga has made 7 straight Sweet 16s, Michigan 5... leader Mia Culpa has a perfect West & South Region but 0-4 in the East...
Can West Coast represent? Go Zags, Zona, Bruins..