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  • Issue # 14.6.1 “Wahoowa!”

    Posted on April 9th, 2019 - 3:34 am Scott No comments

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    2019 NCAA Champions
    #1-South Regional Champions

    University of Virginia Cavaliers (34-3)

    1st Title
    2019 Winningest Conference
    The Atlantic Coast Conference
    (15-6)

    7th Time: ’04, ’05 (Tied with Big10), ’10 (Tied with Big10, Big12), ’15, ’16,  ’17 (Tied with SEC)

    Monday, April 8, 2019 

    VIRGINIA GETS 1ST TITLE IN OVERTIME IN SURPRISING HIGH SCORING GAME
    Kds911 wins tiebreaker over The Gambler 2 to win the pool

    'Hoo Crew!

    SANTA BARBARA, CA (smt)- More than five minutes into the game, the score was 3-2.  Seriously.  Five points with #3W-Texas Tech’s three points on free throws.  The Red Raiders didn’t hit their first field goal until 12:38 left in the first half.  7 minutes in it was 7-3 #1S-Virginia and the projected total points was just 57.  It was what expected with 2 of the top 3 defenses this year.  But the last 13 minutes saw 51 points and the second half had a lot of clutch shooting as Virginia blew another second half lead as Texas Tech tied it at 59.  Down by three, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter hit a three to tie it at 68 with 12.9 seconds left.  That’s 136 points and the over/under for the game was 118.  On to overtime.  Virginia actually had an 11-0 run and hit all 12 free throws to win their first championship, 85-77.  Hunter and Kyle Guy combined for 51 points.  The Cavaliers won the championship a year after becoming the first #1 seed to lose to a #16 with the difference being that Hunter was healthy this tournament. 

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  • Virginia v Texas Tech Live!

    Posted on April 8th, 2019 - 6:51 pm Scott No comments

    Will try to keep up to date on how our entries are doing as the game progresses!

    End of game: Virginia wins 85-77 and goes from worst (losing to #16 seed) to first! Virginia hits 12 straight free throws. Wow, 163 points, remember when we were projecting 48? So, final standings:

    • 1st: Kds911 (Tom J) (wins tiebreaker)
    • 2nd: The Gambler 2 (Carl S)
    • 3rd: FortressHoops3 (Eric F) (wins tiebreaker)
    • 4th: WhereUGoneSteveFisher (Rob C)
    • 5th: Samurai Jack (Robinson C)
    • 6th: Agnes Schweitzhoffer (Andy F) (wins tiebreaker)
    • Bonus: Kai Pomeroy (Vi P) (wins tiebreaker)

    17.0: Virginia 81-75 (Virginia had an 11-0 run). 156 points was improbable 2 hours ago. All tiebreakers won now when Virginia wins.

    31.2: Virginia ball! They lead 77-73 (150). With free throws, 79-73 (152).

    1:06: Geez, if it’s that close, keep the call on the court. Virginia 75-73 (148). Oy, they overturned the call, now Virginia ball.

    2:45 left OT: Texas Tech leads 73-72. Projection 154.

    End of regulation: 68-68, 136 points. Boy that last second took forever. Texas Tech shot was blocked. With projection of 153 points, if Texas Tech wins, Kds911 (>=138) would win 2nd and FortressHoops3 (>=148) would win 5th and TJ (150-153, ties 154) would win Bonus. If Virginia wins, Kds911 (>=138) would win 1st and FortressHoops3 (>=148) would win 3rd, Agnes Schweitzhoffer (>=135) would win 6th and Kai Pomeroy would win Bonus (>=151, Ties 150). This is the 8th OT final (first since ’08).

    12.9: A 3 up, we’re tied! 68 all. That’s 136 points. At least one more point needs to be scored for 137. Or we go to overtime!

    22.5: Texas Tech up 3 68-65.

    35.1: Timeout! Texas Tech up 66-65! That’s 131 points. 4 more and a Virginia win gives Agnes Schweitzhoffer 6th and MistressNine would be in line for the Bonus (135-139).

    1:31: Timeout! Virginia 65-64. 129 points now! 134 projected! One more point and Philly Eagles Again would get 6th (tied 129, 130-134) if Virginia holds on.

    2:38: 61 all. Virginia is only the second team to score 60 or more points against Texas Tech in tournament. Projected 131.

    3:28: And we’re tied at 59! 129 projected points. If Texas Tech wins, this is Netflower’s limit, if it goes to 130 then Fire Bill Self is poised to win Bonus (130-136, ties at 137).

    4:47: 1st forced timeout called by Virginia leading 59-53. Projected 127, giving BamaG consternation (needs <=128 to win 6th, 129 would cause a tie) if Virginia ends up winning .

    7:23: Virginia 55-47. Projected 125. Can The Gambler 2 smell first place (easily winning tiebreaker now by 12)? Samurai Jack would get 5th. BamaG would barely win the tiebreaker for 6th. Agnes Schweitzhoffer would win the Bonus (winning tiebreaker now by 9).

    10:20: 10 point Virginia lead 53-43. Projected 129.

    11:24: Virginia 50-41. No fast break points so neither team has needed to call a timeout to stall a run. Projected still 127. Virginia hitting 49% of their shots.

    13:00: 3 straight 3’s combined by both teams. 45-41 Virginia. 127 projected points.

    15:15 left (2nd half): Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver finally hits a field goal (1/9). Virginia 42-33. 121 projected points.

    Half: The teams did combine for 51 points in the last 13 minutes, which would project to 157 so maybe second half will be exciting.

    Half: Virginia 32-29. Projected 122 points. Virginia has won last 61 games when leading at the half. Incredible.

    3:57: Virginia 25-24. Projected 123. Who will win their first title? Oh, besides the pool, which team will win their first title?

    6:00: 21-21. Going up, now 120 pts projected.

    7:55: Picking up now. Virginia 19-16. Virginia had a 10 point lead. Now projected 116 pts.

    12:38: Texas Tech just hit their 1st field goal. Virginia 9-6. Projected 82 pts now.

    13:00: Just 7-3 Virginia. That’s just 57 points combined. Those who are rooting for low scoring are The Gambler 2 (<=137) and WhereUGoneSteveFisher (<=147) if Texas Tech wins and The Gambler 2 (<=137), WhereUGoneSteveFisher (<=147), and BamaG (<=128) if Virginia wins. For the Bonus, Netflower (<=129) if Texas Tech wins and Agnes Schweitzhoffer (<=134) if Virginia wins.

    15:51 left (1st Half): Oy, vey, just 5 points (Texas Tech 3-2 on three free throws). That’s only about 48 points total combined at end of the game.

  • Issue # 13.5.2 “25th Anniversary” (History of Pool)

    Posted on April 8th, 2019 - 2:30 am Scott No comments

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    2019 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ Minneapolis, MN
    Hosted by U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)
    The Final at U.S. Bank Stadium
    #3-Westvs.#1-South
    Texas Tech University Red Raiders (31-6)University of Virginia Cavaliers (34-3)
    Big 12 Conference – Regular Season Co-Champs
    Lubbock, Texas

    1st Final
    def #14 Northern Kentucky 72-57
    #6 Buffalo 78-58
    #2 Michigan 63-44
    #1 Gonzaga 75-69
    #2E-Michigan St 61-51
    Atlantic Coast Conference – Regular Season Co-Champs
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    1st Final
    def #16 Gardiner-Webb 71-56
    #9 Oklahoma 63-51
    #12 Oregon 53-49
    #3 Purdue 80-75 (OT)
    #5MW-Auburn 63-62

    Sunday, April 7, 2019

    A TOUGH DEFENSE VERSUS A SLOW OFFENSE
    Six battling for final 2 money spots as 4 have clinched; 15 vying for Bonus

    BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM, LOS ANGELES/SANTA BARBARA, CA (smt)- Will this be a Butler-UConn type championship when just 94 points were scored?  Texas Tech has held the two Michigans to 44 and 51 points and 6th-best offense in Buffalo to 58 points while Virginia held high scoring Oklahoma and Oregon to 51 and 49 points.  Including the tournament, Virginia is #1 in scoring defense (allowing 55.5 pts/game) and Texas Tech is #3 (58.8).  Virginia is 7th in 3-point percentage (39.4%) though they take their time taking their shots. Or maybe we’ll be surprised and Texas Tech will score something like 78 or 75 like they did vs Buffalo and Gonzaga or Virginia will score 80 like they did against Purdue.  Virginia has needed luck at the buzzer twice, scoring a game-tying buzzer beater off a missed free throw against Purdue and a missed double-dribble call and foul on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot against Auburn.  Texas Tech has won each game by at least six points with four in double-digits.  With all that, Virginia is just a one-point favorite to try to complete the worst-to-first (losing to #16 seed to winning the title) and the over/under is an all-time low of 118 pts.  With so many tiebreakers in play for the top 6 and the Bonus, this low over/under is at least 10 points less than the tiebreak point giving those entries who guessed lowest a little buffer.

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  • Issue # 12.5.1 “Streaky Endings”

    Posted on April 7th, 2019 - 2:13 am Scott No comments

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    Saturday, April 6, 2019 

    TIGERS SHOCKED BY VIRIGNIA, TEXAS TECH CLOSES STRONG
    ChuckPersonCellBlock leads by one but The Gambler 2 or Kds911 can still win the pool

    Auburn foul on Virginia's Guy

    HOME/GARDENA, CA (smt)- Wow.  #1S-Virginia led 57-47 with 5:24 to go before #5MW-Auburn went on a 14-0 run to lead 61-57 with 17 seconds left.  Then the Cavaliers ended the game on a 6-1 run to win 63-62 to advance to their 1st Finals.  But how we got there was crazy.  During the 14-0 run Auburn hit 3 threes and Virginia was 0-for-2 on free throws and took an awfully long time to get a shot off when they were down by 2 taking more than 25 off the shot clock on two consecutive possessions when time isn’t on your side.  Like Duke in the last round, Virginia then needed to foul 3 times to get Auburn to shoot free throws but was able to do it in 3.3 seconds after figuring it out with 20.9 seconds left (Auburn initially rebounded with 30.1 seconds left).  Auburn has been horrible at the free throw line but made both to up by 4 before Kyle Guy hit a 3 to pull Virginia within one with 6.5 seconds left (again taking an awfully long 13 seconds to get the shot off).  A foul before the inbounds not only took no time off the clock, the refs put back 0.9 seconds (so, why doesn’t every team foul before the inbounds?).  The Tigers’ Jared Harper, who hit all 11 free throws against Kentucky, hit the key front end of the one-and-one but missed the second.  Auburn with two fouls to give, fouled with 5.4 seconds left. 

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  • The Year Was 1995

    Posted on April 5th, 2019 - 11:07 pm Scott No comments
    Our humble first pool.

    1995. Before Javascript which helped run the online web entry from 1999-2013. Before finalfour.net debuted in 1996. Before DVDs. Before the Spice Girls. Before the Star Wars Special Editions. Our first pool was run by telephone by the HW-UCLA folks (including co-admin David (The Mighty Mobelfakta) and coercing unsuspecting victims like myself (Silver Fabone) to pony up $10 for a sport I didn’t watch. We got 12 entries that first year. And they assigned nicknames which was sometimes unflattering :-).

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  • Issue # 11.4.3 “Certified Fresh*” *-Once we deleted all the negative comments

    Posted on April 5th, 2019 - 12:41 am Scott No comments

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    To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
    2019 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ Minneapolis, MN
    4th Final Four (’51 (Williams Arena), ’92 & ’01 (Metrodome))
    Hosted by U. of Minnesota (Big Ten)U.S. Bank Stadium
    Second SemifinalFirst Semifinal
    #2-East
    Washington, DC

    Hosted by Georgetown U. (Big East)
    Capital One Arena
    #3-West
    Anaheim, CA

    Hosted by Big West Conference
    Honda Center
    #1-South
    Louisville, KY

    Hosted by U. of Louisville (ACC)
    KFC Yum! Center
    #5-Midwest
    Kansas City, MO

    Hosted by Missouri Valley Conference
    Sprint Center
    Michigan State University Spartans (32-6)Texas Tech University Red Raiders (30-6)University of Virginia Cavaliers (33-3)Auburn University Tigers 
    (30-9)
    Big Ten Conference – Reg. Season Co-Champs & Tourney Champs
    East Lansing, Michigan

    10th Final Four (’57, ’79, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’05, ’09, ’10, ’15)
    2-time champions
    def #15 Bradford 76-65
    #10 Minnesota 70-50
    #3 LSU 80-63
    #1 Duke 68-67
    Big 12 Conference – Regular Season Co-Champs
    Lubbock, Texas

    1st Final Four
    def #14 Northern Kentucky 72-57
    #6 Buffalo 78-58
    #2 Michigan 63-44
    #1 Gonzaga 75-69

    Atlantic Coast Conference – Regular Season Co-Champs
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    3rd Final Four (’81, ’84)
    def #16 Gardiner-Webb 71-56
    #9 Oklahoma 63-51
    #12 Oregon 53-49
    #3 Purdue 80-75 (OT)

    Southeastern Conference – Tournament Champs
    Auburn, Alabama

    1st Final Four
    def #12 New Mexico St 78-77
    #4 Kansas 89-75
    #1 North Carolina 97-80
    #2 Kentucky 77-71 (OT)

    Thursday, April 4, 2019  

    TWO NEWBIES AND VIRGINIA JOIN MICHIGAN ST IN FINAL FOUR
    At least $85 will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America; over $783 donated in 9 years

    SANTA BARBARA, CA (smt)- It is so nice that if you don’t like how something is being viewed, you canjust force a company like Rotten Tomatoes to change their scoring methods or delete a bunch of data until it comes out positive.  Luckily, the HWCI NCAA Pool will not bow to trolls and will continue to press on, year after year, this being our 25th silver anniversary.  Considering we have had at least 125 entries the past 9 years with 89.5% of the entries returning players this year, I say we are Certified Fresh

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  • Badge of Honor

    Posted on April 2nd, 2019 - 11:31 pm Scott No comments

    Here are the past HWCI NCAA logos since 2013 (with 1996’s bitmap one included as well). Each takes the shape of the hidden HW based on the Final Four logo design. When 3-D printers become the norm, I had a crazy idea of creating “coins” with the logo on the front and the winner on the back and sending the winner one as a gift. Maybe one day I’ll retroactively go back and create logos for 1995-2012. But in the meantime, enjoy these fun creations.

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  • Issue # 10.4.2 “Duke and Kentucky KO’d”

    Posted on April 2nd, 2019 - 2:49 am Scott No comments

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    Sunday, March 31, 2019 

    TIGERS WIN IN OT; DUKE AND ZION FALL SHORT
    Carseroni 1st but stuck at 131; Just 5 can win pool and 2 guaranteed money

    MSU runs away

    HOME/DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK, CARSON, CA (smt)- #5MW-Auburn proved it could win without launching lots of threes (just 7 of 23) and knocked off their 3rd straight Blue Blood, #2MW-Kentucky, in overtime 77-71.  Although the rest of the team hit just 7 of 13 free throws, Jared Harper was 11-for-11 and hit all six in overtime and had 12 of the Tigers’ 17 OT points.  Auburn made its first Final Four and knocked off legendary programs Kansas, North Carolina, and Kentucky in consecutive games.   Each team had a chance in the final seconds as regulation ended at 60-60. 

    #2E-Michigan St complained that they shouldn’t have been in the same region as #1E-Duke despite one of the higher 2 seeds.  But they faced each other and produced a great game, with no team taking more than a 4-point lead in the final 17 minutes.  In the end, Duke’s RJ Barrett tried to take control from Zion Williamson and got the foul but missed the first of 2 free throws down 68-66 with 5.2 seconds left.  He tried to miss the second but actually made it meaning Duke now needed to foul four times (not being in the penalty yet).  After the first foul, with 4.7 seconds left, Duke misplayed the situation and Michigan St. ran away from the defenders and ran out the clock to reach their 10th Final Four, winning 68-67.

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  • Possibilities

    Posted on April 1st, 2019 - 4:02 am Scott No comments

    DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK, CARSON, CA — Geez, got another flash drive error and had to resort to a backup a couple days ago. Thus, the update will be late, likely Monday night but I do have the winning possibilities uploaded for those of you (i.e., not me) still alive. Just 13 can finish in the top 6 but 5 of those can still win the pool. The Gambler 2 and Kds911 are guaranteed money (at least 4th). Carseroni is 1st but can’t get any more points and still has a 62.5% chance of money.

    Just 17 can win the $40 Bonus BUT if Auburn beats Michigan St or Texas Tech beats Auburn in the Final, no one will win the Bonus1 and we we will go to Bonus2, which is total points in final, and a bunch of us may still have a chance yet again. That will be detailed after Saturday’s games.

    Final Four Possibilities (Top 6)

    Bonus Possibilities

    How did your Final Four hold up?