Second Annual March Madness Bracket Bonanza

Welcome one and all to SportsChump’s Second Annual March Madness Bracket Bonanza.

As you may recall, poker star, avid Chumpeteer and college basketball prognosticator extraordinaire, Stevie Y. (the handsome gentleman to your right), proved he was smarter than everyone else by taking home last year’s grand prize: a SportsChump t-shirt to call his own.  This year’s prize: FreeDarko’s highly coveted The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History, a must for any Basketball Jones.

All you need to do is predict the future.

This year’s contest will be held exactly like last year’s.  The 2011 NCAA brackets are as follows:

Southwest Region:

In Tulsa
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Boston University
No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 Illinois

In Denver
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Richmond
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Morehead State

In Chicago
No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Akron
No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Florida State

No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 St. Peter’s
No. 6 Georgetown vs. Southern California-Virginia Commonwealth winner (First Four game in Dayton)

West Region:

In Charlotte
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Tennessee

In Tulsa
No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis
No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 Oakland

In Tucson
No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado
No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Penn State

In Washington, D.C.
No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Bucknell
No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Missouri

East Region:

In Cleveland
No. 1 Ohio State vs. Texas-San Antonio-Alabama State winner (First Four game in Dayton)
No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova

In Tampa
No. 5 West Virginia vs. UAB-Clemson winner (First Four game in Dayton)
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton

In Charlotte
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Long Island
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia

In Cleveland
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Indiana State
No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette

Southeast Region:

In Washington, D.C.
No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. UNC-Asheville-Arkansas-Little Rock winner (First Four game in Dayton)
No. 8 Butler vs. No. 9 Old Dominion

In Tucson
No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Utah State
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Belmont

In Tampa
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara
No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Michigan State

In Denver
No. 3 Brigham Young vs. No. 14 Wofford
No. 6 St. John’s vs. No. 11 Gonzaga

Your first task is to choose the ONE team from each foursome above that you think will reach the Sweet 16.  For example, for the games held in Denver, choose the one team (either BYU, Wofford, St . John’s or Gonzaga) you think will survive through the first Sunday.

NO points will be awarded for the winners of the Thursday/Friday matchups!!!  However, if any of your Sweet Sixteen teams fail to make it through the first weekend, YOU CANNOT EARN POINTS WITH THEM IN LATER ROUNDS.  There are no re-buys, ladies and gentlemen.

List ONLY your sweet sixteen teams in the comments below.  After the first two rounds are complete, you will then be asked to pick the winners of later rounds based upon which teams you have remaining.

Your Sweet Sixteen selections must be in by Thursday noon!!!  Bookmark this page for regular scoring updates and to select which of your remaining teams will advance.  Be sure to return after the first weekend to make the rest of your picks.

The scoring is as follows:

Three points will be awarded for each correct Sweet 16 team for maximum possible 48 points in the first round.  Five points will be awarded for each Elite 8 team you select, seven points for each Final 4 team, nine for each team you select in the final game and eleven points for picking the national champion from the get-go.

To the victor go the spoils, your name under Yaz’s in the SportsChump Hall of Fame, FreeDarko’s latest hardcover and bragging rights for a year.

Best of luck, Chumpeteers.  LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!!

UPDATE #1:

Here’s everyone’s picks.  Best of luck, gentlemen!

UPDATE # 2

Have you ever had one of those friends as a kid, who would come over to your house and play with all your toys, to the extent that you no longer wanted to invite him over.

Well, people.  That’s Yaz.  I am going to have to stop sending him invites to my SportsChump contests because he is making a mockery of us all.  Last year’s champion is at it again, leading going into Saturday’s matchups with 15 of 16 teams remaining.

Congratulations, sir.  Keep up the good work.

Things get kind of muddled after that with ten of us having 14 of 16 left, including Mr. Balzac, aka Partykiller, who mistakenly thinks he’s “Winning” (see comments below).

Among those of us that know hoops, Heavy D brings up the rear with only 11 teams remaining, and in an effort to see how many teams he can actually guess wrong, Raybolts only has 8 of 16 teams left.  Stick to picking baseball and hockey, sir.

This page will be updated with standings either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning depending on how many mojitos I’ve had poolside Sunday afternoon.

Have a great weekend, gentlemen and Yaz…. Nobody likes you.

UPDATE # 3

Gentlemen, read carefully because here are the rules for the following rounds.

Just like last year, you can ONLY USE THE TEAMS YOU HAVE REMAINING to choose your winners from here on out.  In the comments section below, I need you to fill out the entire rest of your brackets.  Pick your winners for the Elite Eight, Final Four, championship game and national champion and please do so in intelligible format.

List accordingly

Elite 8: Teams A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H

Final Four: Teams A, B, C, D

Championship Game: Teams A, B

National Champion: Team A

Again… if any of your teams have been eliminated into the round of 8, you CAN NOT gain points for that round.  If you can’t pick 8 teams for the next round, so be it.  Just list your possible winners.  For example, I selected neither Pittsburgh nor Utah State to advance in the top half of the Southeast bracket, so I cannot gain points for that particular (Butler-Wisconsin) game.  But as I still have North Carolina alive and not Marquette in the East, I will obviously choose North Carolina and hope they win to gain five points in that particular matchup.

INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT GARNER POINTS FOR THAT ROUND.  Go easy on me, guys.

Please ensure that I have correctly tabulated your total points and remaining teams below.  If not, let me know.

To review the scoring, five points will be awarded for each team properly selected into the Elite Eight, seven points for each Final Four team selected, nine for each team you predict into the final game and eleven for correctly picking the national champion.  As a tiebreak, please list total points in the championship game.

I need your picks for the rest of the tournament by no later than 7:00 pm Thursday.

Here are the updated standings…

Great tournament so far.  We have a four-way tie for first between some old school Gainesville folk: Balzac, Damion, G Mony and myself.  (Gentlemen, I’ve already read the book and would really like to give it away as a prize).

In second place, with nine teams correct (27 points), we have Brewer, Varnish, D, Yaz, Drew, Liar North and KP.

Picking up the rear, we have CgatorB and Raybolts.  Chip and a chair, gentlemen.

Good luck the rest of the way.

UPDATE NUMERO CUATRO

Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a new leader… and he even called his shot while picking his winners.


That’s right, the heaviest of all D has taken a commanding lead, and by commanding, I mean two points, but there’s more to come.  As the only person to recognize that Buckeyes do what they do and pick UK to advance over them, D shot to the top of the barrel.  He also has all four of his Final picks alive.  This thing may be over, folks.

Here are the updated standings:

FINAL UPDATE

Ladies and gentlemen, I would hereby like to congratulate our winner:  college basketball guru and game-picker extraordinaire ….  Heavy D!  Take a well-deserved bow, sir.

With three games remaining, D has already sealed the deal.  Not only does he hold a two-point lead, he is the only contestant who can still gain any points, as he chose UConn to make it to the Final game.

Congratulations, Dave, on a game well-played.  You can tell Yaz next time you see him that there’s a new sheriff in town.  Don’t forget to email me your address and I’ll get the book out to you asap.

Thanks again to all those who participated.  Wild one this year, huh?

135 thoughts on “Second Annual March Madness Bracket Bonanza

  1. Zbignu’s picks are in. Sorry it took me so long to confirm that. They must have been lost in the shuffle.

    For the record, a hearty congrats to Zbignu for being the only participant to nail all four Eastern Final Four picks correctly.

    In addition to that, he has Marquette advancing over North Carolina and is the only one of us that can collect points if that happens.

    I’m sure he’ll be watching that game intently.

  2. Han…

    I’ll restate the rules once again for the NASCAR fans in the bunch.

    You can only garner points in these next rounds for teams that you correctly picked to advance. So, for example, you cannot pick VCU if you didn’t have them going this far.

    Here’s what I did for ya’, since I’m a nice guy (sometimes).

    Based on your Final Four picks, you have OSU over UNC and Duke over SDSU.

    Best of luck, sir.

  3. Al…

    You must be hanging out at Han’s blog too much. Lugnuts rule!

    You can’t pick Florida as you had losing to Michigan State, remember?

    I’ve given you BYU (as that’s the only team you have left in the SE), OSU, Duke and Kansas in the Final Four.

    I need your final game, champion and total score to be complete please, sir.

  4. Okay, gentlemen, sorry for the lap-over. The site format doesn’t handle 100+ comments on one post very well. Guess SportsChump is too big for their bridges.

    Here’s who I have IN and CONFIRMED in case you can’t read the first 100 comments:

    Han
    Zbignu
    Rocky Top
    KP
    Liar North
    Drew
    Yaz
    Heavy D
    Varnish
    Brewer

    Here’s who I still need:
    Myself (will be in shortly)
    G Mony
    Billy B
    Chappy
    J-Dub
    CgatorB

    I’m assuming Raybolts has thrown in the towel to save himself any further embarrassment.

    Now excuse me while I send out a search party for those still missing.

  5. Elite 8 – Kansas, SD State, Duke, UNC, Ohio State.

    Final Four – Kansas, SD State, UNC

    Championship game – Kansas, UNC

    Winner – Kansas

  6. Ohio State all the way

    North Carolina beats Marquette but then loses to Ohio State

    Duke and UConn in the Regional final with UConn Beating Duke and then losing to Ohio State

    Kansas and Wisconsin advance to Final Four, Kansa advances to final, loses to Ohio State 81-74

  7. Here are the SportsChump’s official picks.

    Kansas vs. Florida State (yes, I’m forced to root for FSU which makes webmaster Eddie Griffin very happy.
    Florida also making the Final Four.
    OSU beating both UK and then UNC, a hearty feat.
    SDSU beating UConn then losing to Duke.
    OSU beating Duke.
    Kansas beating UF (boooooo!)

    and to Croshere’s delight, OSU besting Kansas in the championship game, ending their fifty year drought and raising the banner.

    Tiebreak 148

  8. Chap is found and in. Just need a tiebreak, sir.

    We’ll see how going 0-fer in the Southeast bracket affects his chances.

    SDSU making it to the Final Four might just make up for that.

    Here’s hoping his West Coast bias carries him through.

  9. The mobile GMony has sent in his picks.

    OSU/UNC/Duke/UConn/Kansas/Florida

    Final Four: OSU/Duke/Kansas/Florida

    In the final game, he has Florida beating OSU and all of us wearing two hats in celebration of such a glorious event. His tiebreak is 142.

    Best of luck, sir, and I mean that.

  10. Whoops I was commenting on someone else’s post and wrote it on this comment section with that last one hahah.

    My tie breaker is Kansas 79 – UNC 74

  11. Those awarded five points for choosing Florida:

    Drew
    Varnish
    Damion 2.0
    Balzac
    Brewer
    SportsChump
    G Mony
    Zbignu
    Rocky Top
    Liar North
    KP
    Heavy D
    J Dub

    Gator Haters:
    Al & Chappy (who didn’t have them making the Sweet 16)
    Han
    and….
    Yaz…. No more love for our defending champion who hedged his bets against our boys.

    Yaz, sir, you are officially in time out

  12. Those garnering five more points for choosing UConn in the Elite 8:

    G Mony
    Brewer
    Harry Balzac
    Damion 2.0
    Varnish
    Liar North
    KP
    Heavy D
    J Dub

    Congratulations, gentlemen.

  13. Current standings (after UConn and Florida victories)

    Damion 2.0 40
    Harry Balzac 40
    G Mony 40
    J Brewer 37
    Varnish 37
    Heavy D 37
    Liar North 37
    KP 37
    SportsChump 35
    Drew 32
    J Dub 31
    Rocky To 29
    Zbignu 29
    Yaz 27
    Han 21
    Chappy 21
    Al 21

  14. The standings remain the same after the Duke loss. Nobody had Arizona advancing.

    Han had Duke as his national champion and is essentially fucked… as is Rocky Top, but he has to be way more concerned about the state of his athletic program than he is about winning some silly, little SportsChump tournament.

    After a strong start, Varnish also had Duke winning it all. I expect him to drop in the standings.

    The only people to benefit from the Duke loss are JDub, Heavy D and KP who all picked UConn into their Final Four for the West bracket.

    Good luck, gentlemen. Know that most of us are rooting against you.

  15. Likewise, not a single one of us picked last year’s runner-ups, the Butler Bulldogs, making it as far as the Elite 8.

    Not one of us gained a single point in tonight’s later games.

    Damn, we know basketball, don’t we?

  16. Chris

    Well at least I got to do my good deed for the day ! I stayed in O-town overnight at the girlfriend’s place and watched the Duke Arizona game . They went down in flames like Rome did as Nero played the fiddle.

    The girlfriend is a Pac 10 fan , graduate of UCLA and said to me before the game that the Arizona Wildcats would whup on Duke’s —- a_s like a pimp bit_h slappin’ one of his ho’s . Can’t say that she was all that wrong with that prognosis !
    C’est la vie !

    tophatal ………………….

  17. 32 and 13 for Derrick Williams, Al. Man’s game. He’s got pro teams salivating over him and now the Dukies are gone.

    Here’s hoping you didn’t mind losing that bet to her.

  18. Standings as of Sunday morning…

    Heavy D still leading, folks, with 59 points.

    Right behind him, tied for 2nd place are J-Dub and KP with 57.

    At first glance, people, it looks like it’s going to be hard for anybody to catch these guys, particularly D.

    We’ll have official standings after the completion of today’s games.

  19. Chris

    Not only are they salivating but I hear that a number of GM’s around the NBA have sworn off using either Viagra or Cialis after seeing the kid play as they’ve each got a hard on from it .

    My duo for the championship game I think’ll be Butler and U Conn . That being said I can’t stand Calhoun or Calipari for that matter and it all boils down to the lesser of two evils !

    Was to attend the Honda Grand Prix of St Pete …… hell when I realized that it’d be a nightmare getting parking much less a place to stay overnight what with the hotels overcharging for rooms _____ chose not to attend ! I’m in the doghouse with the ol’ lady as the invite came from a client of hers who lives in the area.

    tophatal ………………..

  20. This will help soften the blow from the refs robbing UF over the last 8 minutes of the Butler game.

  21. I actually forgot that race was in St. Pete this weekend. I would loved to have checked it out but missed it this time around.

    Maybe next year I’ll attend and bring my cotton balls.

  22. And D, come on, dude.

    You know the refs are always going to reward the team that hustles more. And I’m sad to say, it was Butler that evening.

    Think about it, we were THIS close (11 points up, mind you) from playing for another national championship.

    Don’t you think we could have handled VCU?

  23. Chris,

    I have UCONN to win it all in a contest over at view from vegas. I am in second out of 72, down by 10 points. If UCONN wins I do. Butler wins I lose by 10. Thanks for including me in your contest, YAZ has it going on, don’t ban him!!

    Could I get a consilitory shirt and hat for the effort, laughs, and picking UC to go the distance when NOT MANY thought they could.

    Thanks In Advance for your Consideration,

    Ray

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