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  • Issue # 3.1.2 “ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!”

    Posted on March 23rd, 2019 - 3:49 am Scott No comments

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    Friday, March 22, 2019 
    Issue # 3.1.2 “ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!

    ANTEATERS SHOCK AMONGST 8 UPSETS
    5 tied for first as three go 15-1 despite 8 upsets

    UC Irvine Anteaters

    GOLETA/CERRITOS, CA (smt)- The lone local team, #13S-UC Irvine, rallied with a 17-4 run to put away #4S-Kansas St to reach the Round of 32.  UCI was just one of 8 upsets on the day with #12S-Oregon, #9S-Oklahoma, #9MW-Washington (and their relentless defense), and #9E-Central Florida (with great name and player Tacko Fall) winning comfortably and #10S-Iowa (over hometown crowd #7S-Ciincy), #12E-Liberty, and #11MW-Ohio St pulled out close wins.  #1 seeds struggled with infamous #1S-Viriginia going down 30-16 to #16S-Gardner-Webb, but the difference from last year to this year is that De’Anndre Hunter wasn’t injured and scored 23 points in helping rally from a 5-point halftime deficit with a 25-5 run to start the 2nd half.  #1MW-UNC also was down 5 at the half to #16MW-Iona but broke from halftime on a 25-7 run to win easily.  #1E-Duke fell behind by 7 early to #16E-North Dakota St before scoring 54 points in the 2nd half.  #3W-Texas Tech, #6W-Buffalo, #3MW-Houston, and #4E-Virginia Tech won easily but #2S-Tennessee trailed 52-50 but held on to win by 7. 

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  • Issue # 2.1.1 “Darlings Mostly Disappoint”

    Posted on March 22nd, 2019 - 11:28 am Scott No comments

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    Thursday, March 21, 2019 
    A BIG TEN GOES 5-0 WHILE BIG EAST DOWN TO ONE
    Our 25th year saw an increase to 162 entries from 1l3 people

    GOLETA, CA (smt)- Potential Cinderella darlings #14E-Yale, #12MW-New Mexico St, #11E-Belmont, and #11S-St. Mary’s all faltered leaving head coachless #3E-LSU, #5MW-Auburn, #6E-Maryland, and the defending champ #6S-Villanova heading into the 2nd Round.  Yale sure did look like they were looking forward to Belmont in the next round and forgot they had to win the first one.  New Mexico St bypassed an easy layup to tie the match, missed 2 of 3 free throws with 1.7 seconds left when down by 2, and the airballed a wide open three at the buzzer in losing by one.  Auburn was tying to give the game away blowing a late 13 point lead and committing six turnovers in the last nine minutes or so and missing front ends of one-and-one free throws.  The only team that fulfilled people’s upset brackets was #12W-Murray St led by Ja Morant’s triple double (17 pts-16 ast-12 reb), the first in tournament play since ’12 in a rout of #5W-Marquette.  There were a few other upsets as #10E-Minnesota, #10W-Florida, and #9W-Baylor picked up wins.  Still upset at their placement, #2E-Michigan St trailed #15E-Bradley by one at halftime before pulling away.  #4W-Florida St, #7MW-Wofford, and #3S-Purdue ended strong while #4MW-Kansas, #2MW-Kentucky (winning the Wildcats vs Wildcats battle), #1W-Gonzaga, and #2W-Michgan rolled to easy victories. 

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  • Admin Picks!

    Posted on March 21st, 2019 - 4:34 am Scott No comments

    Well, here we go. We have 143 entries thus far with less than 5 hours to go. Below are the admin picks, and yes, we pay our own $10 per entry. Note, the links will eventually have the time/date stamp removed when I have time but I was working until 1 am today. BTW, this link also will allow you to view your own bracket if you forgot who you picked.

    David F: The Mighty Mobelfakta (http://www.hwci.com/ncaa/2019/picks.asp?entries=The+Mighty+Mobelfakta+-+3-21-2019+2-23)

    Scott T (1st): Silver Fabone (http://www.hwci.com/ncaa/2019/picks.asp?entries=Silver+Fabone+-+3-21-2019+5-45)

    Scott T (2nd): Gekijou no Walkure (http://www.hwci.com/ncaa/2019/picks.asp?entries=Gekijou+no+Walkure+-+3-21-2019+6-23)

  • Issue # 1.0.1 “The Silver Age of Brackets”

    Posted on March 18th, 2019 - 4:39 am Scott No comments

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    Monday, March 18, 2019  **HELP support Boys & Girls Clubs of America (deadline Tue 3:40 pm PDT **

    ACC NABS 3 #1 SEEDS, DUKE #1 OVERALL
    Our 25th year offers a consistent experience, unlike the new NCAA Evaluation Tool

    Seed List

    CERRITOS/SANTA BARBARA, CA (smt)- The Big Ten got 8 teams in but it was the ACC who was king as #1E-Duke (with sensation Zion (Williamson)), #1S-Virginia, and #1MW-North Carolina (record 17th #1 seed) got the top three #1 seeds.  #1W-Gonzaga, despite losing to #11S-St. Mary’s in the WCC final, got the last #1 seed.  The Cavs are back as a #1 seed a year after becoming the first team to lose to a #16 seed (no UMBC in sight this year).  The top 32 ranked teams in the new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) made the tourney but so did NET73 St. John’s while NET33 NC State did not.  #12S-Oregon’s upset of #9MW-Washington in the Pac 12 final likely sent UNC Greensboro (60NET) home.  The ACC and SEC got 7 teams in with the Big 12 (6), AAC (4), Big East (4), and Pac 12 (3) getting at least three teams.  The mid-majors managed to snag seven at-large bids (including the AAC’s 3) and almost a eighth (the aforementioned UNCG) in a nice change of pace.  Somehow #9S-Oklahoma (7-12) and #11MW-Ohio St. (9-13) made the tourney with horrible losing conference records.  No sign of UCLA or USC but the #13S-Anteaters of UC-Irvine made it to be our only local team, their 2nd appearance after making it in 2015 also as a 13 seed and nearly knocking off Louisville.  #2E-Michigan St and #2W-Michigan (with the Spartans beating the Wolverines 3 times in 15 days) were both shipped to Hartford but Michigan St got Duke’s region due to the fact the regional (Washington DC) is much closer than their normal position as 5th seed in the West (Anaheim).  #7S-Cincy gets to play in the same state (Columbus) with #4MW-Kansas hoping to make the regional in Kansas City.  Streaking MW-Auburn who beat #2S-Tennessee for their first SEC title in 34 years only earned a 5 seed.

    Wow, the Selection show brought back memories of a simpler time when all picks were done in just over a half-hour, none of this NBA analyst nonsense of last year,  none of the leaked brackets of the past, none of the dragging out the picks over an hour.   And back on CBS where it belongs.

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  • 9th HWCI NCAA First Four for Charity (Due 3:40 pm PDT Tuesday)

    Posted on March 18th, 2019 - 2:15 am Scott No comments
    Support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    While you decide who will win the tourney, for the 9th year I’m doing the HWCI NCAA First Four for Charity, where I will donate $2 per entry to a charity, this year to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which helps enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  This is one of the highest rated charities and since I have a son and daughter, this seems to fit.  This First Four for Charity is free and you just have to submit (you can comment on this post to enter, email, post to Facebook, tweet @HWCI_Pools) who the four First Four winners will be and by what point margin. For example: Prairie View by 8, Belmont by 12, NC Central by 1, and Arizona St by 2.   The four games are Fairleigh Dickinson vs Prairie View A&M, Belmont vs Temple, North Carolina Central vs North Dakota St, and Arizona St vs St. John’s.  Get your entry by 3:40 pm PDT Tuesday.  As a bonus, in the end, if we top our record of 178 entries this year, I’ll donate an additional $25.  Also, invite your friends and people can enter (since it’s free) this charity contest but not our main pool.

  • Our Silver Anniversary!

    Posted on March 16th, 2019 - 11:43 am Scott No comments

    Our 25th HWCI NCAA pool is almost here.  Haven’t followed anything but I’m sure USC and UCLA are the teams to beat!  Art and detailed pool stats may be delayed as I lost a USB drive in June which means most of the past 2 year pool stats are gone and I have to re-create.  But it doesn’t affect this year’s pool, just my obsession with pool stats.  So, who will join the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (Big South champs) into making their 1st tourney?  Abilene Christian (Southland) and Grand Canyon (WAC) will try to win their tournament final today.

  • Donation to World Vision

    Posted on June 17th, 2018 - 11:07 pm Scott No comments

    As our 2018 HWCI First Four For Charity choice, World Vision received a generous donation of $56 from myself and other participants (Charles D and Jeff2 H).

  • Issue # 15.6.1 “Nova Nation” (4/2)

    Posted on April 3rd, 2018 - 2:10 pm Scott No comments

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    2018 NCAA Champions
    Villanova U. Wildcats#1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    Villanova University Wildcats
    (36-4)

    3rd Title: ’85, ’16
    2018 Winningest Conference
    The Big 12 Conference
    (12-7)

    4th Time: ’03, ’08, ’10

    SLOW START BUT VILLANOVA HEATS UP TO WIN 2ND TITLE IN 3 YEARS
    Billiam, BamaG 2, and ChasCroix-1 join four winners who clinched Saturday

    Nova NationGOODLAND HOTEL IN GOLETA, CA (smt)- Nine minutes into Monday’s game, #3W-Michigan actually had more three-pointers than #1E-Villanova (2 to 1) and built a 21-14 lead but then couldn’t hit a shot.  Villanova found their rhythm, hitting 3 of their next 4 three-point attempts and went on a 23-7 run to close the half en route to another double-digit win, 79-62.  After allowing Michigan to get a quick basket after the break, Villanova scored the next 7 points and never looked back.  The Wolverines tried to get back, cutting the lead to 12 but consecutive threes by Donte DiVencenzo (who had a record 31 points off the bench which was 24 more than Michigan’s whole bench) had the Wildcats back up by 18 with 7:55 left.  In the end, Villanova won their 3rd title and second in three years, hitting 10 more threes to extend their record of 28 threes in the Final Four and 76 in the tournament.

    Villanova’s rout moved Billy T (Billiam), Greg J (BamaG 2), and Chuck D (ChasCroix-1) into the 4th, 5th, and 6th money spots.  The garbage time scoring in the end pushed the total points to 141 which gave Greg J 5th place over Chuck D.  Last year, Read the rest of this entry »

  • Michigan-Villanova Live!

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 - 5:57 pm Scott No comments

    Getting done with work here in Goleta and stopping somewhere to eat to hopefully watch the first half.  Philly Eagles Again (Champ), Slamjam51-3, and SacKings4Ever have already clinched money spots.  For pride, 42 have picked #1E-Villanova to win and two have picked Michigan.  Those two are STORMY Fever-Catch It! and We Fam!, coincidentally, both with explanation marks at the end of their nickname.  Both need the Wolverines to win to finish in the money.  Larzby also needs Michigan to win to hold on to a money spot.  Billiam, ChasCroix-1, and BamaG 2 need the Wildcats to win to finish in the money.  Either way, there is a tie for 5th and the total points in final tiebreaker will come into play.  Bonus already won by SamerTime.  So here we go…

    1st, 15:30: Michigan coach “Weave 2 Poppy”?  MI 9-6.  Watching on the iPad from the Outpost restaurant. Hotel doesn’t have TBS so watching Michigan TeamCast on TNT.

    11:00: MI 21-14. Mich has more 3s than Vil (2-1).

    6:00: Vil hits 2nd three (both teams now 2/10), takes lead 23-21. Vil kept in game with 4 offensive rebounds (0 for MI).

    Half: Vil ends half on 23-7 run, hitting 3 of their last 4 threes. Estimated total points is 130.

    2nd 18:03: Vil on 7-0 run after spotting Michigan early basket. 44-30.

    14:00: VIL another three, up 51-33. Estimated 129 pts.

    11:58: Michigan battling, down 53-38. Estimated 130 pts. ChasCroix-1 would win 5th place tiebreaker and VIL win.

    7:55: VIL nails another three, pushing lead back to 15 (59-44).  And another three, up by 18 (62-44). Both by Donte DiVincenzo. Estimate 133 pts. ChasCroix-1 would finish 6th (and BamaG 2 5th) if total points is 135+ 136+.

    6:52: Michigan TeamCast complaining about Donte’s carrying-over and not getting called on it.  Donte human missing 2 free throws but makes 2 now.

    5:37: Billiam, ChasCroix-1, and BamaG 2 are starting to count the money.  19 point lead (69-50).

    4:23: Now Michigan TeamCast complaining about soft fouls on Wagner.  On the last one, Wagner didn’t even touch the guy and got his 4th foul.  71-52.

    3:48: Another 3, Villanova up by 22 (74-52). Scoring up, now estimate 139 which would give BamaG 2 5th place.

    2:00: Total points hit 137 (79-58), gives BamaG 2 5th place.  ChasCroix-1 will finish 6th.

    10.7 sec: Benches empty.  Villanova 79-62.

    FINAL: Villanova 79, Michigan 62 (141 total points). VIL hit 10/27 3s (9/18 after starting 1/9).  VIL 12-5 offensive rebounds.  All 6 wins by double-figures.  Slamjam51-3 finishes 2nd, SacKings4Ever 3rd, and Billiam 4th.  Congrats to all 7 winners!

  • Issue # 14.5.2 “24 Ticking Down” (4/1) (History of the Pool)

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 - 3:06 am Scott No comments

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    Our HWCI World Cup Pool begins in May...

    2018 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ San Antonio, Texas
    The Final at the Alamodome
    #3-West
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hosted by Pepperdine U. (WCC)
    Staples Center
    vs. #1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    U. of Michigan Wolverines Villanova U. Wildcats
    University of Michigan Wolverines (33-7) Villanova University Wildcats (35-4)
    Big Ten Conference – Champs (Reg – 4th)
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    7th Final (’65, ’76, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’13)
    1-time champion
    def #14 Montana 61-47
    #6 Houston 64-63
    #7 Texas A&M 99-72
    #9 Florida St 58-54
    #11S Loyola-Chicago 69-57
    Big East Conference – Champs (Reg – 2nd)
    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    4th Final (’71, ’85, ‘16
    )
    2-time champions
    def #16b Radford 87-61
    #9 Alabama 81-58
    #5 West Virginia 90-78
    #3 Texas Tech 71-59
    #1MW Kansas 95-79

    Sunday, April 1, 2018  *** HAPPY EASTER *** or ***APRIL FOOLS! ***

    TWO CONFERENCE CHAMPS BUT VILLANOVA HEAVILY FAVORED
    Six battling for final 3 money spots as 3 have clinched and Bonus has been won

    CERRITOS, CA (smt)- If #1E-Villanova can hit 13+ three-pointers like they have been doing, it will be a very long night for #3W-Michigan.  But if the Wildcats shoot like they did against Texas Tech, hitting just 4 of 24, a quality team like Michigan can easily take advantage.  So which Villanova team will show up?  Michigan has alternated between double-digit wins and close games while Villanova has won all by at least 12 points.  Michigan faced a #14 and then started facing worse and worse seeds, going from 6 to 7 to 9 to 11.  Villanova has been facing and dominating better competition, going from a 16 seed to 9 to 5 to 3 to 1.  As such, Villanova is favored by 7 points which for a single-elimination game, is pretty high.  The over/under is 145 points which will matter for the tie-breaker for 5th place (regardless who wins).

    In our 24th year, for the fourth time we have our pool champion before the final and the first since 2013.  Bob G (Philly Eagles Again), after finishing as the bridesmaid in 2008 and 2012, will finally finish on top.  With the first place prize, he is now our top earner with $1,020 in 20 years.  That puts him ahead of Darryn B (Big Luther), one of only two 2-time pool champions, who has won $920.  Ron E (Slamjam51-3) will win money for the first time in his 11 years playing the pool (either 2nd or 3rd) and Janette H (SacKings4Ever) will win money in her first pool (either 3rd, 5th, or 6th).  Sam S (SamerTime) will win the $40 Bonus and be his second prize in 10 years.  The other three spots will either go to repeat wealthy winners Sam N (STORMY Fever-Catch It) (3 wins, $350), Jeff H (We Fam!) (3 wins, $340) and Lawrence M (Larzby) (2 wins, $605) or low earners Billy T (Billiam)(1st time in pool), Chuck D (ChasCroix-1) (just 6th ($85) in 2017), and Greg J (BamaG 2) (only has won $40 Bonus in 2013).  Ron E wins on his 3rd entry and Greg J would win on his 2nd entry, once again showing multiple entries usually do not have good showings in the pool.  Although Bob G was close, we still haven’t had a person place two entries in the money (including the Bonus).

    If Michigan wins… If Villanova wins…
    Place Amount Entry (Name) (Yrs in Pool-Won) Entry (Name) (Yrs in Pool-Won)
    1st $620 Philly Eagles Again (Bob G) (20-2 (2nd ’08, 2nd ’12)) Philly Eagles Again
    2nd $320 STORMY Fever-Catch It (Sam N) (21-3 (1st ’00, 5th ’10, 5th ’12)) Slamjam51-3
    3rd $220 Slamjam51-3 (Ron E) (11) SacKings4Ever
    4th $165 We Fam! (Jeff H) (15-3 (2nd ’02, 4th ’04, 5th ’08)) Billiam (Billy T) (1)
    5th (or 6th) $120 SacKings4Ever (Janette H) (1) -or- ChasCroix-1 (Chuck D) (10-1 (6th ’17)) -or-
    6th (or 5th) $ 75 Larzby (Lawrence M) (15-2 (1st ’09, 5th ’16)) BamaG 2 (Greg J) (13-1 (Bns ’13))
    Bonus $ 40 SamerTime (Sam S) (10-1 (3rd ’11)) SamerTime

    A little history on our Zlatan-ic pool… Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 13.5.1 “Barrage of Threes” (3/31)

    Posted on April 1st, 2018 - 8:54 pm Scott No comments

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    MICHIGAN RALLIES WHILE VILLANOVA DRILLS THE THREES
    Philly Eagles Again clinches the 24th pool title and SamerTime clinches the Bonus

    ZLATANLAND IN CARSON, CA (smt)- #3W-Michigan was behind by 10 with 14 minutes left but went on a 30-10 run aided by four 3-pointers (#11S-Loyola-Chicago only hit one the whole game) ending the Ramblers’ run, 69-57 in the first semifinal.  The Big Ten champs have not lost since Feb 6th (14 straight wins).  In the second semifinal, #1E-Villanova led 6-4 before… oh wait, they had 6 three-pointers to #1MW-Kansas’ four total points, building a 22-4 lead in out-gunning the Jayhawks, 95-79.  The Wildcats tied a Final Four record with 13 three-pointers made after just 17 minutes en route to shattering the record with 18.

    For the first time since 2013 and just fourth time ever, we have our pool champion before the final.  Philly Eagles Again (125 pts) is ahead just enough to blunt a Michigan title challenge by STORMY Fever-Catch It (5th, 111).  Slamjam51-3 (2nd, 121) will get 2nd or 3rd, and SacKings4Ever (3rd-Tied, 115) will get either 3rd, 5th, or 6th.  We Fam! (12th, 105) and Larzby (3rd-T) need a Wolverine win and Billiam (6th-T, 110), ChasCroix-1 (8th-T, 107), and BamaG 2 (8th-T) need a Wildcat win.  While Bob G will win the pool he did lose a chance to become the first person to place two entries in the prize money (Bob’s Best Bets (35th-T, 98) missing out thanks to Kansas’s loss).  iWillLose (152nd, 62) got Villanova right and finally left last place, leaving Balls Dropped! and Paint Crew there instead (60).

    Here are the final two scenarios:

    If MICHIGAN beats VILLANOVA in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:125 (place 1 winner)
               STORMY Fever-Catch It Score:123 (place 2 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:121 (place 3 winner)
                             We Fam! Score:117 (place 4 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:115 (tiebreak=101 | 5th if <=122 | 6th if >=123)
                              Larzby Score:115 (tiebreak=144 | 6th if <=122 | 5th if >=123)
    If VILLANOVA beats MICHIGAN in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:137 (place 1 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:133 (place 2 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:127 (place 3 winner)
                             Billiam Score:122 (place 4 winner)
                         ChasCroix-1 Score:119 (tiebreak=128 | 5th if <=135 | 6th if >=136)
                             BamaG 2 Score:119 (tiebreak=143 | 6th if <=135 | 5th if >=136)

    For the $40 Bonus, Kansas’s loss means the Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 12.4.4 “Two 1-Time Champs and Two #1s Battle It Out” (3/30)

    Posted on March 31st, 2018 - 3:47 am Scott No comments

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    1st ever matchup: LAFC v LA Galaxy

    2018 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ San Antonio, Texas
    [Alamodome]
    First Semifinal Second Semifinal
    #11-South
    Atlanta, GA

    Hosted by Georgia Tech (ACC)
    Phillips Arena
    #3-West
    Los Angeles, CA

    Hosted by Pepperdine U. (WCC)
    Staples Center
    #1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    #1-Midwest
    Omaha, NE

    Hosted by Creighton U. (Big East)
    CenturyLink Center
    Loyola U. Chicago Ramblers U. of Michigan Wolverines Villanova U. Wildcats Kansas U. Jayhawks
    Loyola University Chicago Ramblers (32-5) University of Michigan Wolverines (32-7) Villanova University Wildcats (34-4) Kansas University Jayhawks (31-7)
    Missouri Valley Conference – Champs
    Chicago, Illinois

    2nd Final Four (’63
    )
    1-time champion
    def #6 Miami (Fla) 64-62
    #3 Tennessee 63-62
    #7 Nevada 69-68
    #9 Kansas St. 78-62

    Big Ten Conference – Champs
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    8th Final Four (’64, ’65, ’76, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’13)
    1-time champion
    def #14 Montana 61-47
    #6 Houston 64-63
    #7 Texas A&M 99-72
    #9 Florida St 58-54
     
    Big East Conference – Champs
    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    6th Final Four (’39, ’71, ’85, ’09, ‘16
    )
    2-time champions
    def #16b Radford 87-61
    #9 Alabama 81-58
    #5 West Virginia 90-78
    #3 Texas Tech 71-59
     
    Big 12 Conference – Champs
    Lawrence, Kansas

    15th Final Four (’40, ‘52, ’53, ’57, ’71, ’74, ’86, ’88, ’91, ’93, 02, ’03, ’08, ’12)
    3-time champions
    def #16 Penn 76-60
    #8 Seton Hall 83-79
    #5 Clemson 80-76
    #2 Duke 85-81 (OT)

    ALL FOUR TEAMS WON THEIR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT EN ROUTE TO FINAL FOUR
    Five can win pool and 18 are still alive in race to finish

    LEGOLAND IN CARLSBAD, CA (smt)- On the road to San Antonio, all four teams managed to get the automatic bid as their conference tournament champion.  Coincidentally, Loyola-Chicago and Michigan both won their tournaments a week before Selection Sunday and face each other in the first semifinal.  The Big Ten, in an effort to get their tournament at Madison Square Garden, held their tourney a week earlier than usual.  That’s because Madison Square Garden hosts the Big East tournament, which was won by Villanova.  Both Villanova and Kansas won the day before Selection Sunday, earned #1 seeds, and will face each other in the second semifinal.  This left only the SEC with their championship on Selection Sunday (oh yeah, the Pac 12 final was also on Saturday though it’s debatable if they are still one of the Big Five conferences after their poor showing) as more one-bid leagues have the championship on Selection Sunday.

    Both Loyola-Chicago and Michigan faced their expected seeded teams in the first weekend but then faced #7 and #9 seeds in the second weekend.  Both have also won just one championship and are in the midwest United States.  Both Villanova and Kansas have faced their expected seeded teams within one rank (2/3, 4/5, 8/9) and will face each other, the best possible matchup.  Villanova has won all four games in double-digits while Kansas has won their last three games by four points, needing overtime vs. Duke.

    As we look forward to crowning our 22nd different champion in 24 years, 18 entries are still hoping to finish in the top 6.  The difference between 1st and 6th is $545.  No one picked Loyola-Chicago but Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 11.4.3 “First Four Unkind to Pac 12” (First Four Recap) (3/27)

    Posted on March 27th, 2018 - 7:38 pm Scott No comments

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    RECAP OF FIRST FOUR, THE GREATEST UPSET, AND SISTER JEAN
    At least $56 will be donated to World Vision; over $705 donated in 8 years

    EL SEGUNDO, CA (smt)- Apparently the Selection Committee did watch Pac 12 basketball because they shafted one of the big 5 conferences for a good reason — they suck.  With any respect, USC would be easily in, UCLA and Arizona St would be 8/9 seeds, and Arizona, as the conference and tournament champ, would be at least a 3 seed.  Nope.  No USC, UCLA and Arizona St relegated to the First Four games, and champ Arizona dropped to a 4 seed and not in the West.  Well, the committee knew what it was doing as #11bE-UCLA choked down the stretch against #11aE-St. Bonaventure, 65-58, and #11aMW-Arizona St lost a close one to #11bMW-Syracuse, 60-56.  This was the first time a conference had two teams in the First Four and now have the distinction as the only conference to have two losers in the First Four in the same year.  UCLA’s Aaron Holiday was a turnover machine (10 of UCLA’s 20 total) including three in the last 30 seconds after the Bruins had rallied to tie the game at 58.  Arizona St had a 7 point lead with 7 minutes left before Syracuse, the last team in, went on an 8-0 run.  Certainly, the Pac 12 basketball teams matched the horrible post-season Pac 12 football had.

    #16bE-Radford slowly outscored #16aE-LIU Brooklyn 12-3 in the final five minutes to get their first tournament win, 71-61.  There were 42 fouls and 30 turnovers in this grudge fest.  #16bW-Texas Southern broke open a 10-10 game and never looked back in routing #16aW-NC Central, 64-46.  Like a few of the Southwestern Athletic (SWA) Conference teams, Texas Southern played their first 13 games on the road against top teams and went 0-13 to start but won when it mattered, in the SWAC championship game and in the First Four game, their first ever tournament win.  Texas Southern’s 0-13 start was the worst ever for a tournament team and they became the first sub .500 team (15-19) to win a tournament game.  NC Central lost their second straight First Four game (last year).

    The greatest upset is one of those “where were you when it happened” and I’ll always remember being at the Black Angus in Buena Park with my family and watching the game on the NCAA March Madness app on my iPad Air 2.  Stunned.  I even tweeted a cryptic message:  Watch TV now.  History in making? for anyone who didn’t bother to watch another #1 seed trash a #16 seed.  The way #16S-UMBC played was fun to watch, they never took the gas off the accelerator that most big programs do when they have a double-digit lead with 10 minutes left.  Kept the pressure and #1S-Virigina never responded.  Virginia wasn’t a #1 seed, they were the #1 overall seed, and despite losing a bench player who was just 4th on the team in scoring, were still heavily favored to make the Sweet 16 before they had to worry about not having De’Andre Hunter on the bench.  In fact, I compiled a few of the predictions below from all over the spectrum, post-Hunter injury.  The most interesting was the swarm concept as a bunch of people individually moved a token toward the most likely scenario, in this case Virginia – High Confidence. The concept here as that as everyone is moving their token to that spot, some will Read the rest of this entry »

  • Final Four Possibilities

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 - 3:28 am Scott No comments

    Just to separate it out, here are the 8 possible winning scenarios.  Is your name on this list?  18 entries are alive, 5 can win the pool.

    2018 HWCI NCAA Pool – Final Four Possibilities 03/25/18

    If LOYOLA CHI beats VILLANOVA in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:117 (place 1 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:115 (place 2 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:113 (place 3 winner)
                   Spermicidal State Score:110 (tiebreak=131 | 4th if <=135 | 5th if >=136)
                             Billiam Score:110 (tiebreak=140 | 5th if <=135 | 4th if >=136)
                             BamaG 2 Score:107 (tiebreak=143 | 6th if <=143)
                              Larzby Score:107 (tiebreak=144 | 6th if >=144)
    If VILLANOVA beats LOYOLA CHI in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:129 (place 1 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:127 (place 2 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:125 (place 3 winner)
                             Billiam Score:122 (place 4 winner)
                             BamaG 2 Score:119 (place 5 winner)
                          Bwakewey 1 Score:118 (place 6 winner)
    If LOYOLA CHI beats KANSAS in the final, then the possible winners are...
                AlmostBaseballSeason Score:110 (place 1 winner)
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:109 (place 2 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:107 (tiebreak=101 | 3rd if <=122  | 4th if >=123)
                              Larzby Score:107 (tiebreak=144 | 4th if <=122  | 3rd if >=123)
                Kona Coast Sliders 1 Score:106 (tiebreak=134 | 5th if <=141   | Tied 5th if 142 | 6th if 143-149)
                          Bwakewey 3 Score:106 (tiebreak=150 | 6th if <=141   | Tied 5th if 142 | 5th if 143-157 | 6th if >=158)
                     Bob's Best Bets Score:106 (tiebreak=165 | 6th if 150-157 | 5th if >=158)
    If KANSAS beats LOYOLA CHI in the final, then the possible winners are...
                Kona Coast Sliders 1 Score:118 (tiebreak=134 | 1st if <=141 | Tied 1st if 142 | 2nd if 143-149 | 3rd if >=150)
                          Bwakewey 3 Score:118 (tiebreak=150 | 2nd if <=141 | Tied 1st if 142 | 1st if 143-157 | 2nd if >=158)
                     Bob's Best Bets Score:118 (tiebreak=165 | 3rd if <=149 | 2nd if 150-157  | 1st if >=158)
                         Flying Elvi Score:116 (place 4 winner)
                        MistressNine Score:113 (place 5 winner)
                          MMMtheBOSS Score:111 (place 6 winner)
    If MICHIGAN beats VILLANOVA in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:125 (place 1 winner)
               STORMY Fever-Catch It Score:123 (place 2 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:121 (place 3 winner)
                             We Fam! Score:117 (place 4 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:115 (tiebreak=101 | 5th if <=122 | 6th if >=123)
                              Larzby Score:115 (tiebreak=144 | 6th if <=122 | 5th if >=123)
    If VILLANOVA beats MICHIGAN in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:137 (place 1 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:133 (place 2 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:127 (place 3 winner)
                             Billiam Score:122 (place 4 winner)
                         ChasCroix-1 Score:119 (tiebreak=128 | 5th if <=135 | 6th if >=136)
                             BamaG 2 Score:119 (tiebreak=143 | 6th if <=135 | 5th if >=136)
    If MICHIGAN beats KANSAS in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:117 (place 1 winner)
               STORMY Fever-Catch It Score:115 (tiebreak=144 | Tied 2nd)
                              Larzby Score:115 (tiebreak=144 | Tied 2nd)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:113 (place 4 winner)
                AlmostBaseballSeason Score:110 (place 5 winner)
                             We Fam! Score:109 (place 6 winner)
    If KANSAS beats MICHIGAN in the final, then the possible winners are...
                Kona Coast Sliders 1 Score:118 (tiebreak=134 | 1st if <=141 | Tied 1st if 142 | 2nd if 143-149 | 3rd if >=150)
                          Bwakewey 3 Score:118 (tiebreak=150 | 2nd if <=141 | Tied 1st if 142 | 1st if 143-157 | 2nd if >=158)
                     Bob's Best Bets Score:118 (tiebreak=165 | 3rd if <=149 | 2nd if 150-157  | 1st if >=158)
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:117 (place 4 winner)
                         Flying Elvi Score:116 (place 5 winner)
                              Larzby Score:115 (place 6 winner)

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  • Issue # 10.4.2 “It Was the Worst of Games, It Was the Best of Games” (3/25)

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 - 3:14 am Scott No comments

    Archive

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    VILLANOVA PLAYS POORLY BUT EASILY WINS; KANSAS OUTLASTS DUKE IN OVERTIME CLASSIC
    Philly Eagles Again jumps into lead and can win in 6 of 8 scenarios; Bonus2 might be in play

    Grayson Allen buzzer beater attempt just missesALHAMBRA/LA MIRADA, CA (smt)- #1E-Villanova was uncharacteristically bad, hitting just 33% of their shots and making just 4 threes on 4 of 24 (16.7%) shooting but still won their fourth straight double-digit game in the tournament, downing #3E-Texas Tech, 71-59.  The Wildcats kept themselves in the game by collecting 20 offensive rebounds (of their season-high 51 rebounds) as Texas Tech played just as poorly shooting 33% as well and missing layup after layup and could not build the momentum needed for an extended run.  At one point in the telecast, CBS put up a graphic that the Red Raiders had missed 15 of 21 layups (with 6:35 to go), a crazy stat that showed the Villanova was very beatable with a competent team.  The slow claw saw Texas Tech within five (52-47) and the ball with 6:01 left but, you guessed it, Texas Tech missed a layup (blocked) and it was soon 7 points.  Villanova hit their last 12 free throws in icing the game.

    In the Midwest, a typical blue blood matchup turned into a classic heavyweight fight with #1MW-Kansas getting the game-tying three to send the game into overtime where Malik Newman scored all 13 points in knocking out #2MW-Duke, 85-81.  No team had more than a 7 point lead and there were 11 ties and 18 lead changes, most of them in the second half.  After Duke hit a 3 to go ahead 64-62 with 5:55 left, there were six more lead changes and then the final tie at the end of regulation.  In the first 3:09 of overtime there were five lead changes and two ties.  Incredible game.  Only blemish was a poor block call on Duke’s Wednel Carter Jr who was set for what seemed like seconds but was still called for his fifth foul with 2:57 left with Duke up by 1.  Duke star Grayson Allen nearly ended the game on a buzzer beater but his bank shot rolled in and out and he ended his career with no field goals in the last 33 minutes.  Kansas finally won an Elite 8 game after losing the past two year’s Elite 8 games.

    In the pool, 29 went 2-0 including Philly Eagles Again who jumps into the lead with 109 pts.  SacKings4Ever and Larzby remain tied for 2nd (107) while Slamam51-3 moved into 4th (105).  Five went 3-1 for the round with only Walkure Ga Tomaranai (31st-Tied, 92) not having a chance at money.  Kona Coast Sliders 1 rose to 10th (T, 98) and STORMY Fever-Catch It moved into a tie for 22nd (95).  26 went 0-2 and 18 went 0-for-the-Final-Four.  iWillLose got Villanova but still in last with 54 points.  He could finish 152nd if Villanova over Kansas.

    Bob G has locked up at least a tie for first in 7 of 8 Final Four scenarios.  His Philly Eagles Again wins outright if Villanova beats Kansas (4 scenarios) or Michigan beats Kansas in the title game (1 scenario) and his  Read the rest of this entry »