First Four Underway, Deadline Thursday

The tournament is done with its first day with #16aMW-Texas Southern and #12E-Indiana using late strong runs to advance to the proper 64. Whereas last year the Big Ten lost in the First Four (portending what turned out to be a dismal 8-9 record), the first of 2 Big Ten teams in the First Four was successful. #11W-Rutgers plays tomorrow.

We got 22 entries in our 12th HWCI First Four for Charity and 10 got both games correct. With the relative large margins of victory by both teams, Scott D still nailed the Indiana win by 8 exactly and leads with a 4 pt differential. Three went 0-2 with Michael W last with a 27 pt diff. Greg J was 20 pts off of Texas Southern’s 9 pt win.

While we were just short of hitting the 25 entries and triggering a $25 bonus, I’ll still be donating $44 to International Rescue Committee. And if we hit 178 total entries in the pool, another $25 could be donated. But thanks to at least Tom J (last year’s HWCI Euro winnings plus additional tip), Greg P, Ken B, Vi P, Annie F, Spencer T, Ava T, and Linh T, about another $279 will be donated. With my company match, that will blow past the record $460 donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in 2018. Thank you all!

We have 57 entries with an hour left in the day. While we got a record 35 on Monday, the 22 today is our lowest since 19 in 2013 (at least 26 each year since). But still a lot of time and remember the deadline is Thursday at 9 am PDT.

Record Donation!

Thanks to the generosity of some winners of this year’s 2019 HWCI NCAA Pool, a record $230.00 was made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America last month (April 27). While I donated $50 thanks to 25 entries in our 9th HWCI First Four for Charity, Charles D, John S, Robert S, Andy F, Vi P, and Carl S contributed another $180! And if I can get through the paperwork, I am hoping that my company will match this amount. I’ll keep you up to date if that gets approved.

That means in the 9 years of doing the First Four for Charity, $928.08 have been donated to nine different charities. Thank you for your support and we’ll do it again next year! If you have an idea for a charity next year, let me know!

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


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
Washington, DC

Hosted by Georgetown U. (Big East)
Capital One Arena
Anaheim, CA

Hosted by Big West Conference
Honda Center
Louisville, KY

Hosted by U. of Louisville (ACC)
KFC Yum! Center
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 
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  

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

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.