Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Duke Wins....Again!!

I must admit, being from Minnesota, I wasn't onboard with Wisconsin winning, yet again, because they have put together a great team and have great coaching and it's another sport they are doing well in. While here in Minnesota, we don't always seam to get our money's worth, while throwing plenty of cash at our coaches, just to see them leave or get let go after we sign them to an extended contract. However, the more I thought about it, put away my pettiness, jealousy, whatever you want to call it, I started rooting for Wisconsin to win.

I believe it's mainly because Duke has won it plenty of times, Wisconsin wasn't expected to win, and it was 1941 the last time they made it to the Championship game. But, I mentioned it in my last blog post, coaching appears to be key in this tournament. If you have great coaching, you typically have a better chance of advancing to the next round. You still need good players, but without good coaching, you're going to be sitting in my shoes rooting for Minnesota. Congrats to the Blue Devils on their victory.

As for the Office Pool results, with 76% picked correctly, Quincy Nguyen and his 186 points was our winner. Congratulations Quincy! There was also three others with 76% correctly picked, however Quincy correctly picked the lats four teams, the runner up and the champion correct.

Here are your top ten brackets for the 2015 tournament

1. Quincy Nguyen
2. Byrneit!
3. Dan Dylak
4. Brendan Lindsley
5. Ales Kunc
6. Mitchell Hahn
7. Irish Texan
8. Chris Charters 2
9. Sue Brown
10. Steve Tronovitch

See you in 2016 for our 20th Season of this office pool !!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Final Weekend Of The Tournament

We are starting back up for the final weekend of games. Is it surprising that three of last years final four teams have returned, or is it a sign of good coaching from year to year? Which ever it is, the winner of last years tournament has not advanced, which brings in Michigan State as the final team, led by Coach Tom Izzo. Coaching does matter.

Both of the semi final games tonight are on TBS, not CBS. However there will Team Cast broadcast for each team on TNT or truTV.

On TBS at 6:09 EST
#7 Michigan State vs #1 Duke

TNT Team Cast for Duke Blue Devils
truTV Team Cast for Michigan State Spartans

Approximately 30 minutes from the the end of first game they will tip off for the final game of the evening.

On TBS at 8:49 EST
#1 Wisconsin vs #1 Kentucky

TNT Team Cast for Wisconsin Badgers
truTV Team Cast for Kentucky Wildcats

For the Office Pool standings, we have exactly eight tournament scenarios remaining. They are as follows:

If Kentucky beats Michigan St
If Michigan St beats Kentucky
If Kentucky beats Duke
If Duke beats Kentucky
If Wisconsin beats Michigan St
If Michigan St beats Wisconsin
If Wisconsin beats Duke
If Duke beats Wisconsin

Best of luck to ya peoples....

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Second Weekend Of Games Is Here

We are back in action Thursday night. Rounds three and four of our bracket contest, with sixteen teams remaining. I enjoyed the first weekend of games as usual. Thursday was quite crazy and hurt a lot of brackets, while Friday was almost to script with only one lower seed team winning. Were there any surprises, perhaps UCLA was to me, yet I know a few pick sheets selected them. I listened to the experts that said they shouldn't have been included, so naturally I have them losing in the first round. But think about it, you just gave a team inspiration by telling them they shouldn't be there. Hindsight, it makes sense that they were victorious.

With the pending two rounds of games, increases the Points Scored per game, five and eight points respectfully. If you are behind, this is where you can catch up. I've been doing this for nineteen years now, almost every year someone in the middle of the pack will win if they can keep their final four teams intact. And if you still have a shot at first place (or the top five for that matter), you obviously are still in the hunt. If you check the Player Scenarios link (will be active soon), you can see what your best place finish, your worst place finish and who you need to root for. It's a very valuable link to see how you fair against the other brackets.

If we look at the Current Standings, tops in points with 87, are three pick sheets, Eva Sanders, Drew Wittchow 1 and Mitch Hahn. Yet, one has Kentucky and one has Duke.

All of the office pool contest links can be found in the right column under the Office Pool Menu.

We topped out at 421 pick sheets this year, with 243 selecting Kentucky as their champion. Which I believe is down by ten to twenty from the 2014 contest.

Enjoy the games and I'll see you on the other side of the weekend....

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2015 Office Pool Contest Has Begun

Deadline: Tip-Off, March 19 @ 12:30 PM [EST]
Entry Fee: $0.00

Make sure you hit the SUBMIT PICKS button at the bottom of the page or your picks will not be entered into the pool.

NOTE: When entering multiple times, please place a number after your name to make it unique [or it will over write you last submitted picks] For example: Timmy 1, Timmy 2, Timmy 3

2015 Tournament Office Pool Brackets
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2015 Tournament Schedule

Pre-Tournament Events
March 15 - Selection Sunday @ 5:00 CST on CBS

First Week Of Games
March 17-18: 4 Play-In Games
March 19-20: Round One Games
March 21-22: Round Two Games

Second Weekend Of Games
March 26-27: Round Three Games
March 28-29: Round Four Games

Final Weekend Of Games
April 4: Round Five, Semi-Finals
April 6: Round Six, Championship Game

NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Dates (2014). Retrieved from http://www.ncaa.com/final-four/future-dates-sites