The NCAA basketball tournament is underway. My two alma maters, Oklahoma and Kansas, are in the thick of it. So what are your predictions? Who will be in the Final Four? Who will be in the championship game? Who will win? [Read more…]
. . .is Pete, who predicted three of the final four. His strategy after the jump. [Read more…]
There is probably a way to set up an online pool for your NCAA basketball tournament predictions, complete with interactive brackets and monetary awards, but that goes beyond the scope of our Patheos software. So let’s just keep it simple: Give your projections for the Final Four, the top two, and the national champion.
BONUS: There always seems to be a surprise “Cinderella” team, some little school that comes out of nowhere to break into the Sweet Sixteen or otherwise do better than anyone would have expected. Will that happen again this year, and, if so, who will it be?
The person with the best predictions will win not money but blog glory and bragging rights. [Read more…]
. . .are NOBODY. No one in our contest predicted that the University of Connecticut would win the NCAA championship. (UConn also just won the NCAA women’s championship!) No one predicted the Final Four. That’s too bad because I worked out a special deal with Warren Buffett that the winner of our little pool would win one BILLION dollars. I will give honorable mention credit, which unfortunately receives no monetary reward, to those who predicted ONE of the Final Four: Saddler, Edward Kettner, and Sam P. said that Florida would be in it, and Pete said that Wisconsin would be. Since Florida was ranked #1 in the final postseason poll while Wisconsin wasn’t even in the top 10 (#15 in the USA Today poll; #12 in the AP), I declare the best guesser to be Pete! (Oh, and a belated April Fool’s about that billion dollar bit.)
Warren Buffett offered one BILLION dollars for anyone who successfully predicted the winners of all of the games in the NCAA tournament. Early upsets–for example, Mercer over Duke–eliminated just about everyone who entered. Now no one is left standing. One person, Brad Binder, DID predict the first 36 games, including those upsets, but he wasn’t entered in the contest. But now he missed Dayton’s upset over Syracuse, so–unless you did really well in your office pool–there is no record of anyone with a perfect bracket. Maybe next year the BILLION dollars will be yours.