Saturday, March 25, 2017

NCAA TOURNAMENT POOL

NCAA TOURNAMENT POOL STANDINGS
Sweet Sixteen Day 1 

OMG!!!  We had our first overtime game AND our first buzzer beater.  Actually two of them.  IN THE SAME GAME.  We also had Kentucky's freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox outplaying and just plain old showing out over more heralded freshman point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA.  AND ... we also have a new leader.  Steven Usma 1 has taken the lead, thanks to some good insight into the Elite 8 (which I will discuss later).

Of our remaining champions, Wisconsin and UCLA fell at the hands of Florida and Kentucky respectively, in matchups that guaranteed two champions to lose.  Out of the Elite 8, entrants in the pool have six of the remaining teams as champions (sorry South Carolina and Xavier).  Updating our champions remaining: Arizona, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Oregon, UCLAVillanova, Wisconsin.  This list will remain the same throughout all of the updates, but I will remove the “bold” from teams as they lose.

As stated earler, Steven Usma 1 is our new leader, and he has his final game intact (and 3 of his Final Four remaining).  These next two days are going to by HUGE for Steven.  Adam Jorgensen 2 has slipped to second place and Christian Searcy is in third.  We also have a fight for last place, which is likely going to be decided by tomorrow's North Carolina/Kentucky game.  Remember, last place receives their money back as a booby prize.

The Kentucky - UCLA game was a big game for our pool as a majority of the pool had UCLA, but a significant minority had Kentucky.  Big separation points for those that picked the Wildcats.  That being said, 9 people had Florida in the Elite 8.  Out of those, 5 had Florida along with North Carolina and Kentucky earning a big 12 points and rising significant places in the pool.  Those five:  The lovely Hannah Sosa, Chris Kroesen, Jacey Fowler 1, Alvaro Gonzalez and Kingfish Parham, earn the "Pick of the Day".

For the Anti-Pick of the Day, I have to give the award to Katie Kollmeyer who, despite a very respectable showing to-date, no longer has any of the Final Four remaining.  She is the highest rated participant that can no longer earn any points.

Today's games are big for a number of reasons:  the foremost being the winners will be the teams that I get to see in the Final Four.  Secondly, although nobody selected Xavier, a good number of people have Gonzaga in the Final Four, so they will certainly be rooting for the Bulldogs over the Musketeers.  People in the poo have both Kansas and Oregon winning that game, so the pool will significantly depend upon the outcome of that game.

The mean point total from yesterday was 4 (North Carolina).  If you by chance scored 8 you moved up in the pool.  If you scored 4 you fell slightly or treaded water.  For those that earned zero points, you fell.

As always, please review the standings and double check my math, as I may have missed something, missed an upset, or just simply miscalculated.  I try to be accurate, but sometimes I do mess up.  I will listen and change things as necessary.  If you point out a potential mistake, I will not take offense, but I will go re-score your entire bracket to make sure everything is accurate.

Please remember to pay, if you have not.  Payment instructions are on the rule sheet, or you can make other arrangements with me as necessary.  I might be calling you out later this week if you have not.

Good luck to everyone, and happy game watching.  Now, on to the standings.


1.   Steven Usma 3 - 95  North Carolina/Florida/3

2.  Adam Jorgensen 2 -93 - North Caroliona/Arizona/1

3.  Christian Searcy - 93  Arizona/North Carolina/2

4. Jennifer Armstrong - 92  Wisconsin/Kentucky/3

5.  Joshua and Katie Zdrowak - 91  Duke/Kansas/3

6.  Mac Kroesen - 90  Kansas/Gonzaga 3

7.  George Walks 5 - 89 Kansas/Gonzaga/3



8.  Greg Kummerlen - 86  Gonzaga/Kansas/3
       Measha Williams 3 - 86  North Carolina/Duke/3

10.  Matt Nieman - 84  Kentucky/Duke/2

11.  Thomas Bean 1 - 83 North Carolina/Arizona/2
       Carolyn Fowler - 83  Gonzaga/North Carolina/3


       Colleen Hamilton - 83  North Carolina/Villanova/2

14.  David Peterson - 82  Kansas/Arizona/1


       Measha Williams 2 - 82  North Carolina/Gonzaga/3

16.  Adam Jorgenson 1 - 81 Arizona/Kansas/1
       Vic LaPira - 81  Gonzaga/Kentucky 2
       Jonathan Wasserman - 81  North Carolina/Duke/1
       Day Yi 1 - 81  Arizona/Kentucky/2

20.  Debbie Searcy - 80  Gonzaga/UCLA/2



21.  Phil Doherty 2 - 79  Gonzaga/North Carolina/3


       Emily Lawson 3 - 79  Villanova/Kentucky/2

       Hannah Sosa - 79  Florida/Kentucky/3

       Measha Williams 5 - 79  North Carolina/Gonzaga/3

       Hershey Zdrowak - 79  Duke/North Carolina/2


26.  Silas Nichols - 78  Duke/Kansas/1

       Pepe Sosa - 78  North Carolina/Arizona/2


28.  Eric Inge - 77  North Carolina/Duke/1

29.  Jim Coleman - 76  UCLA/Duke/1


       Measha Williams 4 - 76  Duke/UCLA/1

       Kulwadee Yung - 76  Kansas/Florida 4


32.  Dan Barsky - 75  North Carolina/Arizona/1
       Katie Kollmeyer - 75  UCLA/Villanova/0
       Eric Sain - 75  North Carolina/Gonzaga/2

35.  Jeff Plamondon - 74 UCLA/Villanova/1


       Phil Doherty 4 - 74  Arizona/Kansas/2

 37.  Karen Katz - 73  Gonzaga/UCLA/1
        Alex King - 73  Arizona/North Carolina/2


        Chris Kroesen - 73  Kansas/Gonzaga/3
        Steven Usma 1 - 73  North Carolina/Florida State/2
        Biscuit Zdrowak - 73  Duke/Kentucky/2

42.  Thomas Bean 2 - 72  Duke/Kansas/3


       Jacey Fowler 1 - 72  Florida State/North Carolina/1

       Cheryl Spuhler - 72  Oregon/Gonzaga/3
       Amy Zdrowak - 72  Duke/UCLA/2

46.  Steffan Alexander - 71  Arizona/UCLA/1


       Jessica Ervin-Hang - 71  Oregon/Arizona/2
       Debbie Igdaloff Nieman - 71  Villanova/Kansas/3
       Kyle Sheehan - 71  Duke/North Carolina/2
       Jason Spuhler - 71  Duke/UCLA/2
       Katie Zdrowak - 71  North Carolina/Arizona/2



52.  Thomas Bean 3 - 70  Arizona/North Carolina/2
       Matt Hopps - 70  North Carolina/Gonzaga/2

54.  Sasha Moon - 69  Duke/Kansas/1
       Rich Samuels 1 - 69  Villanova/Louisville/1
       Rich Samuels 2 - 69 Arizona/Miami/0
       Roxy Sheehan - 69 Notre Dame/UCLA/0

58.  Kent Armstrong - 68  Kansas/Duke/1

59.  Phil Doherty 1 - 67  Kansas/Arizona/2
       Koma Gandy Fischbein - 67  Villanova/UCLA/2
       Alvaro Gonzalez - 67  North Carolina/Arizona/3
       Arlene Amo Hopps - 67  Villanova/North Carolina/1
       Ty Leatherman 2 - 67  Villanova/North Carolina/2
       Max Macon 1 - 67  Kansas/Duke/1

       Allison Parker - 67  North Carolina/Arizona/2
       Steven Usma 2 - 67  Miami/Arizona/0

       Justin Yung - 67  North Carolina/Duke/3

68.  Jeremy Spuhler - 66  Duke/UCLA/2 



69.  Anthony LaPira - 65  Arizona/UCLA/0

       Max Macon 2 - 65  North Carolina/Gonzaga/3
       Wes Wiggins - 65  Arizona/North Carolina/2
       Day Yi 2 - 65  Villanova/UCLA/2



73.  Paul Cummings - 64  UCLA/Villanova/2
       Jane Reynolds - 64  North Carolina/Duke/1
       Kingfish Parham - 64  Kentucky/Gonzaga/4


       Joshua Zdrowak - 64  Kansas/Villanova/2


77.  Thomas Bean 4 - 63  Gonzaga/North Carolina/2

       Brent Bellinger - 63  Gonzaga/North Carolina/3
       Martha Kroesen - 63  Gonzaga/North Carolina/2

       Emily Lawson 1 - 63  Villanova/Kansas/2
       Ty Leatherman 1 - 63  Duke/Kansas/1
       Ashley Poer - 63  Arizona/North Carolina/2
       George Walks 2 - 63  North Carolina/Duke/2
       Measha Williams 1 - 63  North Carolina/Duke/3

85.  Phil Doherty 3 - 62  UCLA/Gonzaga/2

86.  Carolyn Fowler and Jane Reynolds - 61  Duke/North Carolina/2
       A.J. Rippin - 61  Arizona/UCLA/0
       Samantha Sheehan - 61  Duke/UCLA/0
       George Walks 1 - 61  Kansas/Gonzaga/2

90.  Brian Badger Spatchek - 60  Villanova/Kansas/2


       Jacey Fowler II - 60  Villanova/Kentucky/3

       Albert Harper III - 60  North Carolina/Duke/2
       Abigail Sosa - 60  Arizona/North Carolina/1
       George Walks 3 - 60  Oregon/Arizona/2



95.  Glen Merchant (with Mango and Duncan) - 59  Gonzaga/UCLA/1

       Jason Murray - 59  Arizona/Kansas/2

97.  Colleen Hamilton 2 - 58  Villanova/North Carolina/2

       Traci Sheehan - 58  UCLA/Duke/1



99.  Jamie Foreman - 56  Villanova/Louisville/1
       Eddy P - 56  Wisconsin/Michigan/0

101.  Luke LaPira - 54  Gonzaga/UCLA/2
        George Walks 4 - 54  Gonzaga/Kentucky/2



103.  Keith Zdrowak - 51  UCLA/Duke/1


104.  Philip Kroesen - 50  Kentucky/SMU/3
         Colonel Kareem Montague - 50  UCLA/Villanova/1


106.  Barkley Sosa - 49  Villanova/Kentucky/1

107.  Jessica Koch - 48  Miami/Notre Dame/0
         Emily Lawson 2 - 48  Gonzaga/Kansas/3

109.  John Wiederhold - 45  Villanova/Kentucky/1