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#1129155 - Wed Mar 09 2016 05:28 AM Results & Standings .. March Madness
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This year's Madness comp will be at the same site as last year. A bracket for 2016 has been setup once again at cbssports.com .. for those of us who played last year, you're half-way there, as invite emails have been sent by csbssports.com to all of last year's participants (using last year's email addresses); the email displays your reg'd ID.
    The scoring system remains unchanged. There are 63 games in
    this comp; we pick all of them in one go on the cbssports.com website:

    1st Round (32 games) : 1 pt
    2nd Round (16 games) : 2 pts
    3rd Round ( 8 games) : 3 pts (regional semis ) Sweet Sixteen
    4th Round ( 4 games) : 4 pts (regional finals) Elite Eight
    5th Round ( 2 games) : 6 pts (national semis ) Final Four
    6th Round ( 1 game ) : 9 pts (national final)

    Seedings: additional pts added for each correct pick, being the team's seed.
Location: http://www.cbssports.com/login/ftmm.mayhem
Group password: ----
if that doesn't work, try this link: http://ftmm2004.mayhem.cbssports.com/e

If you've sucessfully logged in, you will see this in the top LH corner of the screen:
2016 Comp FT
  • if you'd like to join the Madness tipping comp but do not have a cbssports ID, there's a link on that page to register. You must have a cbs ID to play in this comp! Please note - you may, but don't have to, use your real name to register (surname, first name); but please pick something for those two fields that looks like your FT username (so that we know who you are).
  • this also applies to those who played last year, but can't remember their ID and/or have changed their email address and thus can't retrieve their password (which they've forgotten) .. you will need to re-register.
  • please check your reg'd email address in your account settings/profile after you login.
This year's tipping comp is the 15th edition of March Madness! No one has retained their title in this comp, and no one has won it twice (but some have been on the podium twice). The defending title-holder is toocool4u.. silver and bronze went to srini701 and LeoDaVinci. The winner of the 2008 comp, ralzzz, holds the record for the biggest winning margin (see summary tables of last 14 comps in the post below this one) .. and doomed won bronze that year the hard way; he failed to pick any of the Final Four! Howie72 holds the record for the most correct picks with 51/63, achieved in the 2007 comp.

2002 LordAndry gtho4 TemplarLLM
2003 izzi gtho4 rudogg
2004 wez Sarah606 gtho4
2005 ElfTwinkle kevinatilusa linkan
2006 Blinkybill LeoDaVinci ElfTwinkle
2007 Howie72 dg_dave Nannanut
2008 ralzzz LeoDaVinci doomed
2009 jonnowales dg_dave Sypher
2010 illiniman14 LeoDaVinci jonnowales
2011 N-Bomb rxbigdawg toocool4u
2012 George95 BxBarracuda Howie72
2013 Sarah606 BxBarracuda LeoDaVinci
2014 themonarch illiniman14 George95
2015 toocool4u LeoDaVinci gtho4

This year's Madness starts on Thursday, March 17 and the final is on Monday, April 2. The bracket will open for tipping when the field is inserted by cbssports.com, which should happen on Sunday, March 13. However, the last four teams to qualify will not be known until Monday and Tuesday (they will enter the comp as the four #16 seeds) .. btw a #16 seed has never won a game against their #1 seed opponents since the NCAA started the current Madness format in 1985.
    Last Four play-in: Tue/Wed 15/16 March now aka First Four
    First Round: Thu-Fri March 17-18
    Second Round: Sat-Sun March 19-20
    Third Round: Thu-Fri March 24-25
    Fourth Round: Sat-Sun March 26-27
    Final Four: Saturday 2nd April
    Championship: Monday 4th April

    Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston TX

    Deadline: cbssports.com will close the bracket of 63 picks at noon EDT on Thursday, March 17th.
Good luck remembering your password (if you receive the email) or your ID (if you're reg'd but have changed your email address) .. and good luck registering if you're new! To confirm you're in and that everything's hunky dory, please post in the Group Message Board (it's in the Brackets drop-down menu).

Rankings: http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d1

Good luck to all of us; and may the best man or best woman win!


Edited by gtho4 (Sun Mar 20 2016 12:01 AM)

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#1129156 - Wed Mar 09 2016 05:29 AM March Madness .. sign-up procedure
gtho4 Offline
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Registered: Sun Dec 26 1999
Posts: 51368
Loc: Sydney
oz downunder


2002
2003
2004
2005
Lord Andry
gtho4
TemplarLLM
Sypher
thejazzkickazz
38 64
39 62
37 60
34 58
35 56
izzi
gtho4
rudogg
marchmadness
ElfTwinkle
46 59
45 53
42 49
40 47
39 47
wez
Sarah606
gtho4
izzi
JuniorTheJaws
37 216
39 212
41 208
40 195
28 185
ElfTwinkle
kevinatilusa . .
linkan
Sarah606
Blinkybill
43 220
41 212
38 194
37 183
26 181
2006
2007
2008
2009
Blinkybill
LeoDaVinci
ElfTwinkle . .
gtho4
dg_dave
32 205
33 189
39 189
36 184
34 181
Howie72
dg_dave
Nannanut
Blinkybill
DakotaNorth
51 260
50 253
50 244
48 235
47 226
ralzzz
LeoDaVinci
doomed
Nannanut
JuniorTheJaws
46 243
43 223
42 215
44 213
43 212
jonnowales
dg_dave
Sypher
ralzzz
LeoDaVinci
49 256
46 248
47 238
44 219
42 218
2010
2011
2012
2013
illiniman14
LeoDaVinci
jonnowales
themonarch
kevinatilusa . .
39 223
39 221
39 219
39 213
38 210
N-Bomb
rxbigdawg
toocool4u
Sypher
illiniman14
38 210
35 192
37 191
37 180
35 178
George95
BxBarracuda
Howie72
themonarch
srini701
41 237
38 232
41 226
38 220
40 216
Sarah606
BxBarracuda
LeoDaVinci
ozzz2002
N-Bomb
42 232
37 224
41 221
39 219
39 210
2014
2015
2016
2017
themonarch
illiniman14
George95
N-Bomb
Howie72
39 218
38 215
39 213
38 207
37 204
toocool4u
LeoDaVinci
gtho4
srini701
illiniman14
42 239
41 219
41 213
41 212
40 206



















pts for first 2 comps were 1-1-2-3-4-5 plus seedings
then from 2004 onwards 1-2-3-4-6-9 plus seedings
2006 : no-one picked any of the Final Four, not one

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#1129296 - Wed Mar 09 2016 11:24 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Thats sweet of you to give me a silver medal, gtho4, but I am yet to win one in this damn comp....Leo had won silver and you had won the bronze last year smile
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#1129298 - Wed Mar 09 2016 11:31 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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6 have signed in so far. 3 of them have absolutely no chance to win since they've won already (me, Howie72, and themonarch) and 3 have a fighting chance (srini701, gtho4, and LeoDaVinci).

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#1129301 - Thu Mar 10 2016 12:00 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Originally Posted By: illiniman14
6 have signed in so far. 3 of them have absolutely no chance to win since they've won already (me, Howie72, and themonarch) and 3 have a fighting chance (srini701, gtho4, and LeoDaVinci).


That's very encouraging of you to say, illini....but guess records are meant to be broken, so we may well have our first repeat winner in this madness
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#1129302 - Thu Mar 10 2016 12:38 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Elf Twinkle has reported and signed in

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#1129360 - Thu Mar 10 2016 09:21 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Originally Posted By: srini701
That's very encouraging of you to say, illini....but guess records are meant to be broken, so we may well have our first repeat winner in this madness


Nah, we'll go another year in this one...
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#1129368 - Thu Mar 10 2016 09:57 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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I'm another hopeless cause that's signed in.

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#1129369 - Thu Mar 10 2016 10:23 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Originally Posted By: George95
I'm another hopeless cause that's signed in.

We're just battling for second - it's a very scientific way to determine who'll win


Edited by illiniman14 (Thu Mar 10 2016 10:24 AM)

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#1129455 - Fri Mar 11 2016 04:47 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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So we can make our picks this coming Monday? No brackets available as of Friday afternoon India time.
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#1129493 - Fri Mar 11 2016 09:12 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Yes this Sunday will be Selection Sunday where the teams are chosen.
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#1129684 - Sat Mar 12 2016 06:58 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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yep, add one more to the list

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#1129860 - Sun Mar 13 2016 06:44 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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I hope that I signed in and picked successfully.

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#1129875 - Sun Mar 13 2016 09:51 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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I have picked lots of teams.. success rate remains to be seen. smile
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#1129876 - Sun Mar 13 2016 10:12 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
I have picked lots of teams.. success rate remains to be seen. smile


Sounds like all of us in this comp!
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#1129893 - Mon Mar 14 2016 01:00 AM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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I'm in. Maybe this year I won't be eliminated by the end of the first weekend.

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#1129961 - Mon Mar 14 2016 10:51 PM Re: March Madness .. sign-up procedure
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Originally Posted By: kevinatilusa
Maybe this year I won't be eliminated by the end of the first weekend.


I have a feeling my bracket will be in pieces by Friday.
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#1130260 - Thu Mar 17 2016 09:40 AM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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With about 35 minutes to go, here's who we have:

illiniman14
Howie72
themonarch
gtho4
srini701
LeoDaVinci
ElfTwinkle
yoyoandcigs
ozzz2002
toocool4u
dg_dave
George95
N-Bomb
terraorca
kevinatlusa
2tough4u

Edit: We still need David Philipps to confirm his identity, so if he could do so either here or on the message board it would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by illiniman14 (Thu Mar 17 2016 02:54 PM)

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#1130382 - Fri Mar 18 2016 02:07 AM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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16 players lodged tips

March Madness Day 1
half-way through 1st Round

Thu-Fri
Sat-Sun
Thu-Fri
Sat-Sun
Satuday
Monday
Mar 17-18
Mar 19-20
Mar 24-25
Mar 26-27
April 2
April 4
1st Round
2nd Round
3rd Round
4th Round
5th Round
6th Round
32 games
16 games
8 games
4 games
2 games
1 game
1 pt
2 pts
3 pts
4 pts
6 pts
9 pts


Regional Semi-Finals
Regional Finals
National Semi-Finals
National Final


Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Seedings: for a correct pick, teams' seeding is added to above ptsFinal is Midwest/West vs. East/South


Results
picks
seeds
85-93
71-61
74-67
81-94
79-75
45-81
79-105
85-83 (2OT)
72-79
74-99
67-83
69-80
57-85
65-55
70-69
68-52
15
15
14
13
3
16
16
1
15
13
16
14
8
16
14
10
60
135
126
52
36
16
16
12
45
65
16
42
88
64
126
110
14v3 UNC-Wilmington v Duke
9v8 Butler v Texas Tech
9v8 Connecticut v Colorado
13v4 Iona v Iowa State
12v5 Yale v Baylor
16v1 Hampton v Virginia
16v1 Austin Peay v Kansas
12v5 Arkansas-Little Rock v Purdue
14v3 Buffalo v Miami (FL)
12v5 Chattanooga v Indiana
16v1 Florida-Gulf Coast v North Carolina
14v3 Fresno State v Utah
11v6 Wichita State v Arizona
13v4 Stony Brook v Kentucky
9v8 Providence v Southern Cal
11v6 Gonzaga v Seton Hall
dg_dave
ozzz2002
ozzz2002 gtho4
Howie72 George95 LeoDaVinci
kevinatilusa illiniman14 yoyoandcigs
Everybody
Everybody
George95
ElfTwinkle
Howie72 ElfTwinkle George95
Everybody
2tough4u terraorca

Everybody
ozzz2002 LeoDaVinci
199
1009= 1208


Standings

LW TW | | |
----- ------ |LP| |----------------------
TW LW hi-lo picks pts pks pts | | mk mpt | winner loser
----- ----- ----- day 1 ----- | | |----------------------
1 1-1 kevinatilusa 00 00 15 102 15 102|46| 61 378 | 1 Kansas 1 North Carolina
1 1-1 yoyoandcigs 00 00 15 102 15 102|45| 60 362 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
3 3-3 N-Bomb 00 00 14 89 14 89 |46| 60 344 | 1 Kansas 2 Michigan St. @
3 3-3 toocool4u 00 00 14 89 14 89 |46| 60 361 | 1 Kansas 2 Michigan St. @
5 5-5 2tough4u 00 00 13 85 13 85 |40| 53 343 | 5*Purdue 5 Maryland
6 6-6 George95 00 00 12 79 12 79 |44| 56 351 | 1 N. Car. 2 Oklahoma
7 7-7 illiniman14 00 00 13 78 13 78 |45| 58 362 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
8 8-8 srini701 00 00 13 77 13 77 |44| 57 326 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
8 8-8 themonarch 00 00 13 77 13 77 |46| 59 399 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
10 10-10 terraorca 00 00 12 73 12 73 |44| 56 323 | 2 Mich. St 1 Oklahoma
11 11-11 dg_dave 00 00 12 72 12 72 |44| 56 342 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
12 12-12 gtho4 00 00 12 67 12 67 |46| 58 314 | 1 Kansas 2 Michigan St. @
13 13-13 Howie72 00 00 11 66 11 66 |46| 57 325 | 2 Mich. St 1 Kansas #
14 14-14 LeoDaVinci 00 00 11 62 11 62 |44| 55 331 | 1 Kansas 2 Michigan St. @
15 15-15 ElfTwinkle 00 00 10 55 10 55 |45| 55 303 | 1 Kansas 2 Michigan St. @
16 16-16 ozzz2002 00 00 09 35 09 35 |47| 56 355 | 4 Cal 6 Notre Dame
199 1009 | | |
perfect picks 16 115 16 115| | |
| | |

LP = live picks remaining (47 games)
mk = maximum number correct picks, if all remaining are correct.
mpt= maximum points if all remaining picks are correct.
@ = identical picks winner and runner-up (last 3 games).
# = another set of three identical picks.
* = this team has been eliminated.


Final Four
     
| Midwest West East South
live |-------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
Howie72 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
dg_dave 3 | 2 Michigan St. 4 Kentucky 5*Baylor 1 Kansas
ElfTwinkle 4 | 2 Michigan St. 3 W. Virginia 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas
George95 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
ozzz2002 4 | 3 Utah 6 Notre Dame 6 Texas 4 California
gtho4 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 1 Oregon 1 Kansas &
themonarch 4 | 2 Michigan St. 4 Kentucky 10 VCU 1 Kansas
2tough4u 3 | 5*Purdue 3 W. Virginia 3 Texas A&M 5 Maryland
kevinatilusa 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
illiniman14 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
LeoDaVinci 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 4 Duke 1 Kansas #
terraorca 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
N-Bomb 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
srini701 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
toocool4u 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 4 Duke 1 Kansas #
yoyoandcigs 4 | 2 Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 1 Oregon 1 Kansas &

@ Identical Final Four picks.
# Another set of identical Final Four picks
& Third set of identical Final Four picks
* this team has been eliminated.




For 14 years, this competition has run, and 13 of those have all had the possibility of a champion returning to his or her perch atop the leaderboard to reclaim the mantle of victory. However, none have been able to do so in all of this time. This years field features 16 tippers. 7 of us have won before: ElfTwinkle (2005), Howie72 (2007), illiniman14 (2010), N-Bomb (2011), George95 (2012), themonarch (2014), and toocool4u (2015). They all laugh in the face of fate, while 9 others assume they will take home the crown this year: including tested rivals: kevinatilusa, srini701, dg_dave, gtho4, LeoDaVinci, and ozzz2002, but also three newcomers attempting to make their mark on our hallowed grounds: yoyoandcigs, 2tough4u, and terraorca (welcome, by the way, and yes, I am making this sound far more important than it really is).

And sure enough, as is the finest tradition in this competition, two challengers sit atop the leaderboard, because it simply couldn't be any other way. kevinatilusa and yoyoandcigs both hit an amazing 15/16 picks, missing only 12 Arkansas-Little Rock's upset over 5 Purdue. Hitting 15/16 also puts them in the Hall of Fame, meaning that yoyoandcigs managed to do so on his first chance to ever do so. If those two go down to the wire, it could get very interesting, as both picked 1 Kansas to be in the national championship game, but while kevinatilusa has them as his champion, yoyoandcigs has them losing to 2 Michigan State (as do several others; in fact, that matchup is by far the most common of the tips, making up 11 of the 16 championship matchups tipped, with 6 choosing a Michigan State victory).

Following behind those two are N-Bomb and toocool4u, the lead returning champions. Both missed the two 12-over-5 upsets, including Arkansas-Little Rock as mentioned above but also 12 Yale controlling 5 Baylor on the glass. This had to be especially disheartening for Baylor because last year they lost in the first round as well as a 3-seed. toocool4u is rather appropriately followed by 2tough4u, the second newcomer in the top 5. He missed those same 2 games, but then went out on a limb picking an upset and missed out on 3 Utah's victory over 14 Fresno State. He was also dealt the harshest blow of the day, losing his champion in Purdue, but all is not lost since he has an almost completely unique Final Four (only one other person picked 1 of his 3 remaining teams) and has plenty of possible points remaining.

The rest of the field is biding their time behind those tippers. themonarch actually has the most max possible points with 399, mostly thanks to picking 10 VCU in the Final Four. ozzz2002 sits well in the back, but while the first day did not treat him well, he hasn't missed a single Sweet 16 team as of yet, and he has a completely unique Final Four (per usual), anchored by 4 California. That would be an amazing result, seeing as their leading scorer fractured his right hand on Wednesday and is out for at least their first round game.

And now to the Madness. 1 Kansas and 1 Virginia both coasted to victory over their opponents. In the quest to become the first 16-seed to beat a 1-seed, 16 Florida Gulf Coast (who rose to fame in 2013 by reaching the Sweet 16 as a 15-seed), fresh off their First Four victory over 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 96-65, the largest margin ever for an opening-round game in NCAA Tournament history, which may have signaled to 1 North Carolina that they were a bigger threat than your average 16-seed. The Eagles hung around for the entire first half, only down 1 at intermission. However, the Tarheels eventually showed they were too much to handle, and pulled away to an 83-67 victory.

Both 3-seeds (Miami (FL) and Utah) won comfortably but not in blowout fashion. 4 Kentucky crushed 13 Stony Brook and 5 Indiana smashed 12 Chattanooga after shaky starts. 4 Iowa State had no problem taking down 13 Iona; 11 Gonzaga shocked very few with their easy upset over 6 Seton Hall, and 9 Butler coasted to victory over 8 Texas Tech.

However, things looked awry early in Providence. 4 Duke, the returning national champions, who were facing an every-other-year curse: they lost to 15-seed Lehigh in 2012 and 14-seed Mercer in 2014. 13 UNC-Wilmington wanted to continue that trend, so they kept close and at one point led by 6 in the first half, reduced to 43-40 at halftime. The dream began to fade as they went 5 minutes scoreless and Duke went on a 14-0 run. They were able to get the lead down to 5, but never pulled within one possession again, allowing the Blue Devils to move on.

Shortly thereafter, 5 Baylor met up with a curiously-underseeded 12 Yale team, who should have been much higher according to the metrics, but that's another story. Much like the previous game above, Yale was able to extend their lead out to 6 and held a 5-point advantage at halftime. However, Yale would not go through any kind of drought. After Baylor (who probably should be Baylor based on their hideous uniforms) managed to tie the game at 45, Yale went on a 17-5 run. It dwindled down to 7 late in the second half, when Baylor scored 5 quickly, but Yale could not miss a free throw and maintained their advantage in the final seconds, winning 79-75.

5 Purdue was really the unwilling story of the day. They played relatively even with UALR for the first half, and had a nice 5-point lead at halftime. Much like Yale above, the lead expanded up to 13, when the Boilermakers had a 65-52 lead with 3:33 left. Over nearly the next 3 minutes, they decided to not score, allowing UALR to roll off 12 unanswered, and in the waning seconds hit a fadeaway 3 to tie the game and send it to overtime. The 5 minutes of overtime was quite boring and each team scored 5, leaving the result to 2nd overtime. Purdue would never lead the game again, as a quick outburst by the Trojans allowed them to finalize their upset 85-83.

All of the 9-seeds also earned their minor upsets today. Butler's win was mentioned above. 9 Connecticut played a terrible first half against 8 Colorado, but started the second half on a 30-12 sprint which the Buffaloes never caught back up to. The thrilling nightcap was 9 Providence against 8 USC. USC was coached by the same man who took Florida Gulf Coast on their Sweet 16 run, so he is no stranger to excellent tournament play. Providence got up by as much as 7 in the first half, and USC did the same in the second half, but it would not be decided until the final seconds. Tied with 1:27 left, USC hit 1/2 free throws to go up 69-68. Providence couldn't convert and had to foul again, leading to another missed USC free throw. The situation repeated again, meaning USC missed 3/4 free throws, not including the extra 2 they would've had since those were 1-and-1 opportunities. With life breathed back into them, Providence had a layup attempt blocked out of bounds with 3 seconds left. The inbounds pass went straight to a man under the basket who put it in, and the Friars walked out with a 70-69 victory.

And that was only day one.



Edited by illiniman14 (Fri Mar 18 2016 09:32 AM)

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#1130384 - Fri Mar 18 2016 03:39 AM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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Good start...to the write-ups smile
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#1130415 - Fri Mar 18 2016 09:24 AM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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This is always my favorite comp to do write-ups for, although today's will be delayed since I have a big test tomorrow morning.

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#1130448 - Fri Mar 18 2016 03:04 PM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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BOOM go the brackets

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#1130487 - Fri Mar 18 2016 08:12 PM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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#1130570 - Sat Mar 19 2016 07:40 PM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
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March Madness Day 2
End of 1st Round

Thu-Fri
Sat-Sun
Thu-Fri
Sat-Sun
Satuday
Monday
Mar 17-18
Mar 19-20
Mar 24-25
Mar 26-27
April 2
April 4
1st Round
2nd Round
3rd Round
4th Round
5th Round
6th Round
32 games
16 games
8 games
4 games
2 games
1 game
1 pt
2 pts
3 pts
4 pts
6 pts
9 pts


Regional Semi-Finals
Regional Finals
National Semi-Finals
National Final


Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Seedings: for a correct pick, teams' seeding is added to above ptsFinal is Midwest/West vs. East/South


Results
picks
seeds
70-51
56-86
76-67
77-66
90-81
70-72 (OT)
68-82
74-79
43-47
70-56
65-92
52-91
53-71
63-70
75-72
76-78
6
16
13
2
0
11
16
16
11
0
14
16
16
12
5
9
60
32
130
26
0
77
32
80
77
0
42
16
32
72
55
72
10v7 Syracuse v Dayton
15v2 UNC-Asheville v Villanova
10v7 VCU v Oregon State
13v4 Hawaii v California
15v2 Middle Tennessee v Michigan State
10v7 Temple v Iowa
15v2 CS-Bakersfield v Oklahoma
12v5 San Diego State v Maryland
10v7 Pittsburgh v Wisconsin
14v3 Stephen F. Austin v West Virginia
14v3 Green Bay v Texas A&M
16v1 Holy Cross v Oregon
15v2 Weber State v Xavier
11v6 Michigan v Notre Dame
11v6 Northern Iowa v Texas
9v8 Cincinnati v St. Joseph's

Everybody
2tough4u yoyoandcigs ozzz2002
illiniman14 2tough4u
Nobody
ElfTwinkle illiniman14 LeoDaVinci srini701 themonarch
Everybody
Everybody

Nobody
George95 ozzz2002
Everybody
Everybody
ElfTwinkle 2tough4u themonarch toocool4u
George95 Howie72 LeoDaVinci themonarch toocool4u
163
803= 966


Standings

LW TW | | |
----- ------ |LP| |----------------------
TW LW hi-lo picks pts pks pts | | mk mpt | winner loser
----- ----- ----- day 2 ----- | | |----------------------
1 1 1-1 kevinatilusa 15 102 11 66 26 168|24| 50 315 | 1 Kansas 1 North Carolina
2 1 1-2 yoyoandcigs 15 102 10 53 25 155|22| 47 282 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
3 6 3-6 George95 12 79 11 72 23 151|22| 45 284 | 1 N. Car. 2 Oklahoma
4 3 3-4 toocool4u 14 89 10 60 24 149|24| 48 285 | 1 Kansas 2*Michigan St. @
5 5 5-5 2tough4u 13 85 10 62 23 147|18| 41 263 | 5*Purdue 5 Maryland
6 3 3-6 N-Bomb 14 89 10 55 24 144|23| 47 265 | 1 Kansas 2*Michigan St. @
7 13 7-13 Howie72 11 66 12 76 23 142|22| 45 254 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
8 8 8-8 themonarch 13 77 10 64 23 141|22| 45 289 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
9 7 7-9 illiniman14 13 78 10 62 23 140|20| 43 246 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
10 10 10-10 terraorca 12 73 11 64 23 137|20| 43 243 | 2*Mich. St 1 Oklahoma
11 12 11-12 gtho4 12 67 11 67 23 134|25| 48 256 | 1 Kansas 2*Michigan St. @
12 8 8-12 srini701 13 77 10 56 23 133|23| 46 254 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
13 14 13-14 LeoDaVinci 11 62 11 70 22 132|23| 45 269 | 1 Kansas 2*Michigan St. @
14 11 11-14 dg_dave 12 72 10 58 22 130|23| 45 268 | 2*Mich. St 1 Kansas #
15 15 15-15 ElfTwinkle 10 55 09 49 19 104|22| 41 212 | 1 Kansas 2*Michigan St. @
16 16 16-16 ozzz2002 09 35 07 32 16 67 |21| 37 192 | 4*Cal 6 Notre Dame
163 803 | | |
perfect picks 16 132 32 247| | |
| | |

LP = live picks remaining (31 games)
mk = maximum number correct picks, if all remaining are correct.
mpt= maximum points if all remaining picks are correct.
@ = identical picks winner and runner-up (last 3 games).
# = another set of three identical picks.
* = this team has been eliminated.


Final Four
     
| Midwest West East South
live |-------------- ------------- ------------- -------------
Howie72 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
dg_dave 2 | 2*Michigan St. 4 Kentucky 5*Baylor 1 Kansas
ElfTwinkle 2 | 2*Michigan St. 3*W. Virginia 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas
George95 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
ozzz2002 2 | 3 Utah 6 Notre Dame 6*Texas 4*California
gtho4 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 1 Oregon 1 Kansas &
themonarch 3 | 2*Michigan St. 4 Kentucky 10 VCU 1 Kansas
2tough4u 2 | 5*Purdue 3*W. Virginia 3 Texas A&M 5 Maryland
kevinatilusa 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
illiniman14 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
LeoDaVinci 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 4 Duke 1 Kansas #
terraorca 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
N-Bomb 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
srini701 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 2 Oklahoma 1 Kansas @
toocool4u 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 4 Duke 1 Kansas #
yoyoandcigs 3 | 2*Michigan St. 1 N. Carolina 1 Oregon 1 Kansas &

@ Identical Final Four picks.
# Another set of identical Final Four picks
& Third set of identical Final Four picks
* this team has been eliminated.




That crashing sound you hear? Its your bracket.

Originally Posted By: illiniman14
And that was only day one

But oh, what day two had in store for us. Well get the elephant in the room out of the way right now. 2 Michigan State started off poorly against 15 Middle Tennessee, going down 15-2 early. But there was no reason to panic with so much time left in the game. Michigan State got it down to 1 at 23-22, but then Middle Tennessee went back up by 9, and led by 6 at half. It went back down to 2 at 45-43, then back up to 8 at 54-46. Five straight points made it 54-51, but then it ballooned back up to 64-55. Every time the Spartans asked questions, the Blue Raiders had answers. With 8 minutes left, it was down to 65-64, and order seemed restored to the world. They continued trading baskets until 3:34 left when Middle Tennessee held a 77-76 lead. For the next 3 minutes, Michigan State instituted the rarely-successful "don't score" policy, and the lead went back up to 83-76. By the time they got back on their feet, the game was over. Late free throws sealed the game away, and Middle Tennessee walked out with what it perhaps the biggest upset of NCAA Tournament history 90-81, with the Spartans never leading once in the entire game.

That laughing sound you hear? It's kevinatilusa and George95, who are the only tippers to have not lost one of their championship game picks in the first round of the tournament. kevinatilusa still has 1 Kansas and 1 North Carolina alive, while George95 also has the Tarheels with 2 Oklahoma. For those of us that didn't have Michigan State in the championship game, which was 12/16, 2tough4u had already lost 5 Purdue and ozzz2002 lost 4 California in the game that finished just prior. Those latter two were also the only ones who didn't have Michigan State in the Final Four (obviously Purdue was 2tough4u's regional champion), but ozzz2002 lost both California and 6 Texas today.

With that, kevinatilusa sits somewhat comfortably at the top of the standings, with a 13-point lead and his championship game intact. Because of that, he has by far the most max possible points remaining (MPP) with 315, the only one of us who can surpass the 300-point mark. Thanks to picking 10 VCU in the Final Four, themonarch has the 2nd-most MPP with 289 even though he's in 8th place. The rest of the top 5 is made up of positions 2-4, and the rest lag a ways behind, with LeoDaVinci in 6th and dg_dave in 7th for MPP even though they're back in 13th and 14th, respectively.

The way the day started, perhaps we should have been on notice that upsets were on the way. 10 Syracuse played 7 Dayton evenly in the first half, but then smashed them in the 2nd half, going up by as many as 23 on their way to a 70-51 victory. 10 VCU handled 7 Oregon State easily 76-67. But then came the Rainbow Warriors. 13 Hawaii came into the NCAA Tournament with a surprisingly good record; in fact, only Kansas and Arkansas-Little Rock (who both won the day before) had fewer losses. Therefore, it should be no surprise that they were able to open a 7-point lead on 4 California in the first half, especially considering that the Golden Bears lost their leading scorer to injury on Wednesday. The lead expanded up to 10 at 47-37 in the 2nd half, but California was able to fight back to 47-46, only to be followed by a Hawaii resurgence. In the final 5 minutes of the game, Cal came within 6 points of the lead at the closest, but ended up falling 77-66.

With 3 double-digit seed victories in the books, 10 Temple hoped to be the 4th against 7 Iowa. Iowa struggled down the stretch, losing to lowly Illinois (hey, I was able to get them into an NCAA Tournament write-up!) in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes started off very strong, going up 12 mid-way through the first half, but also tried the "don't score" strategy and within 3:30 gave up the lead. An Iowa 1-point lead at half turned into a consistent and comfortable 5-10 point lead throughout most of the 2nd half. However, Temple was able to cut it to 3 with 2 minutes left, and missed free throws plagued Iowa, allowing Temple to maintain that deficit. With 2 seconds left, Temple put up a 3-pointer and missed, but Iowa fouled the shooter and he made all 3 free throws to go to overtime at 63-63. The teams played evenly again to 70-70, and Iowa had the ball at the end to make a last-second shot. It went up, missed, and an Iowa player clearly pushed off his opponent going for the rebound, but nothing was called and he made the put-back layup, allowing the Hawkeyes to walk away with a 72-70 victory.

Most of the rest of the day was filled with relatively drama-less games. 10 Pittsburgh and 7 Wisconsin played a low-scoring knockout fight that Pitt led most of the way through, but a steady second half allowed the Badgers to move on. 2 Oklahoma, 5 Maryland, 3 Texas A&M, 1 Oregon, and 2 Xavier all won easily. So did 14 Stephen F. Austin over 3 West Virginia, which would normally require a bigger write-up if it weren't such a steady 2nd-half throttling to a 70-56 win. 6 Notre Dame also turned a late 2nd half run into a 70-63 win over 11 Michigan.

Then the last 2 games of the day happened. 6 Texas, now coached by old-VCU Shaka Smart (who took them to the Final Four) was a prohibitive favorite over 11 Northern Iowa, but it didn't look like it early. The Panthers went on an early 13-0 run to go up 27-13 and held an 8-point lead at halftime. Texas would complete the comeback thanks to an 8:42 stretch where Northern Iowa scored 3 points. Immediately following that, Northern Iowa went on a 19-9 run, followed by another scoreless stretch of nearly 4 minutes. The two battled back and forth, and Texas hit a jumper to tie the game at 72. With only 3 seconds left, Northern Iowa inbounded and heaved up a half-court shot... AND IT WENT IN! Northern Iowa left with a 75-72 victory on a last-second heave that truly embodies March Madness.

The final game did not let up, either. 8 St. Josephs enjoyed a 12-0 run in the 2nd half to go up by 13 after an even first half. 9 Cincinnati responded with a 20-5 run of their own, but then went silent and gave St. Josephs a 7-0 run. The seconds ticked away, and down by 1, St. Josephs hit a 3-pointer to go up 78-76. With one last chance, Cincinnati made a play to the basket for the tie, and a player dunked the ball in! ...a tenth of a second too late. Had he gone for the layup, it probably would have counted, but the extra time it took to throw the ball in the hoop for the dunk cost Cincinnati dearly, and the final score held at 78-76.

But then, that's only day two.



Edited by illiniman14 (Sat Mar 19 2016 08:23 PM)

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#1130571 - Sat Mar 19 2016 09:21 PM Re: Results & Standings .. March Madness
gtho4 Offline
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Originally Posted By: illiniman14
That crashing sound you hear? Its your bracket.
Originally Posted By: illiniman14
And that was only day one
Originally Posted By: illiniman14
But then, that's only day two.

The last time I heard that crashing sound was watching plates being smashed at a Greek restaurant.
btw, why is this called March Madness ?

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