Though Syracuse held on, last night took some toll on many a bracket. Michigan State losing certainly hurt a lot of people, as well as those who felt lucky they had Marquette beating Missouri. That game obviously never happened, because Florida knocked them both off pretty much closing out a majority of the West Brackets. At least that will make tallying points all the easier for me.
Here are the updated standings. The biggest news is our leader, is now in a 4 way tie for 2nd place, and Lee has finally claimed the top spot in the contest…for now. After tonight’s games end, I will include everyone’s championship pick, and also point out those who are mathematically eliminated, but for now we have point total’s followed by Final Four teams each person has left.
Lee* 51 (2)
Alex 45 (3)
Chris 45 (3)
Kristin* 45 (3)
Bob* 45 (3)
Jodi 43 (1)
Bob Wim 41 (3)
John F* 39 (3)
J 38 (2)
John U* 36 (3)
Trish 33 (1)
Laura 27 (1)
Lee has grabbed the lead, but that lead could be fleeting. She lost her National Championship Team in Michigan State and is down to half of her Final Four. Much like the British Victory at the Battle of Bunker Hill, sure they drove the Americans from the field, but at what cost……but at what cost??
Alex keeps circling the top spot, just waiting to pounce, like some sort of buzzard following a wounded animal. Side note I bought a RC plane and flew it for the first time last night. It crashed so many times (because of April not me) that vultures started circling over head thinking it was some sort of dying creature. That obviously won’t be going on my resume when I apply for a job at TWA. Anyway, Alex is married to Syracuse at this point, and though they looked vulnerable against Wisconsin, they survived, and that is the name of the game in March. No such thing as style points.
Chris after a slow start has finally come back into the thick of things. He picked up much needed points in the Syracuse and Ohio State wins, but lost a Final Four team when Michigan State bowed out. That could haunt him, then again, who isn’t that going to haunt, so maybe it will have absolutely no effect at all. Regardless, I love Chris’s chances, especially with UK as his champion.
Kristin has a bad day losing Wisconsin and Michigan State. Though since she had Missouri coming out of the West, having Michigan State lose is probably more help at this point as a Spartan Final Four appearance would have given additional points to those following her. Though she has lost the lead, like Alex she is now married to UNC. If UNC goes deep, so will Kristin.
Bob spent last night cheering for Syracuse, not realizing he actually needed Wisconsin to win..whoops! Anyway, my west is closed for Business with the Michigan State loss, and I’m hoping Kentucky can get deep. My Final Four of Ohio State would also help me a great deal.
Jodi won’t go away yet, but trust me, she will. She can get one more win out of Kentucky and Syracuse, and then it is all over. Not a bad effort, and had she picked a more realistic final than UNLV-Temple she could have had a bigger say in this thing.
Bob Wim is still right in the thick of this, but he also has a bracket that may be cancelled out by someone in front of him. So after this round we will have to see how realistic his chance is. Still with 3 Final Four teams left, there is certainly nothing to hang his head about.
John F has been a wild card all tournament long. Plenty of points left, but none of those potential points ever seem to translate into actual points. John lost his Champ in Michigan State, but can still squeeze some more points out of his 3 remaining Final Four teams. Look for him to make a run up the standings, but one that will ultimately fall short.
J got a little bit of life when Michigan State went down, as he had Missouri going all the way, but without actually doing the math it is pretty apparent he is eliminated. No Final Teams left and his remaining two Final Four teams are UK and UNC. He isn’t exactly going out on a limb with those two, meaning whatever points he can still get, so are most of the people ahead of him.
John U could still be alive as he has 3 Final Four teams left and both of his Finalist left, the only question will be, what do the people in front of him have. He is behind the 8 ball as is, and any points he earns could go to his rivals as well. We will know more about John’s fate in the next update.
Trish can squeeze a few more points out of Kentucky and NC State. That isn’t going to cut it. The good news is that if Kentucky wins it all, she will pass many people who don’t have UK, so if your goal is to avoid last place, that goal is alive and well.
Speaking of last place. Like a three legged horse in the Kentucky Derby, Laura is limping to the finish line. She can get 8 more points from Florida and then we put silver dollars on the eyes of her bracket, as in the distance a band plays Taps. Thanks for trying Laura. Lesson here being, that you get what you deserve when you pick Duke to win the National Championship.
So there we have it. The fogginess of the pool will be much clearer tomorrow, and pretty much Caribbean clear come Monday. Let’s just hope you find yourself still on land, and not walking the plank.