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:
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Boston University
No. 8 UNLV vs. No. 9 Illinois
No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Richmond
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Morehead State
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)
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Tennessee
No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis
No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 Oakland
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
No. 1 Ohio State vs. Texas-San Antonio-Alabama State winner (First Four game in Dayton)
No. 8 George Mason vs. No. 9 Villanova
No. 5 West Virginia vs. UAB-Clemson winner (First Four game in Dayton)
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Princeton
No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 15 Long Island
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Georgia
No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 14 Indiana State
No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Marquette
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
No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Utah State
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara
No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Michigan State
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!!!
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.
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…