All Jack Brauner can do is sit and wait.
And root for upsets.
Jack extended his lead over Ari Dardik to 12 points Friday night when Kentucky defeated UCLA to reach the Elite 8. Unfortunately for Jack, he is out of potential points. He doesn’t have any teams left in the tournament. That’s why he should root for underdogs.
Jack will be rooting for the Ducks of Oregon to defeat top-seeded Kansas in the Midwest Region and for 11th-seeded Xavier to upset top-seeded Gonzaga in the West Region tonight. On Sunday, he will be rooting for Kentucky to knock off North Carolina in the South Region. (The East Region is irrelevant to our pool because nobody had South Carolina or Florida advancing to the Final Four.)
Speaking of Oregon, for the rest of our players, Jack is a sitting duck. Because he can’t gain any more points, the path to catching him is easy to figure out.
Ari could catch Jack if Kansas and Gonzaga win today and reach the Final Four, or if Kansas reaches the championship game (even if Xavier beats Gonzaga). Zach Fisher (a.k.a. Charlie Fischer), who trails Ari by just 1 point, lost his projected champion (UCLA) on Friday, but could pass Ari and Jack if Gonzaga reaches the championship game. (Zach/Charlie would pass Jack if Gonzaga and Kansas reach the Final Four.)
Ron Opher would catch Jack if top seeds Kansas and North Carolina reach the Final Four, or if North Carolina reaches the championship game. Ron separated himself from Kevin Walder, the other player who selected the Tar Heels to win the national championship, with Kentucky’s win over UCLA on Friday.
Good luck to everyone in Saturday night’s games.
What: PhillyPhanatics.com Bracket Madness!
Deadline: Thursday, 11 a.m. (Those who submit their brackets earlier may make changes in their brackets until Thursday at 11 a.m. And nobody else can see your bracket until the tournament begins!)
Rules: Please submit only one entry per person (multiple entries from the same person will result in all of that person’s entries being disqualified)
Scoring: See below or click on the site link
Tie-breaker: Total points in championship game
Web site: http://phillyphanatics.mayhem.cbssports.com/brackets
As stated earlier, we’re going to skip the play-in games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Once the field is whittled down to 64 teams, the scoring will be as follows:
1 point for each correct team in the round of 32;
2 points for each correct team in the Sweet 16;
4 points for each correct team in the Elite 8;
8 points for each correct team in the Final Four;
12 points for each correct team in the championship game;
15 points for correctly picking the champion.
Furthermore, there are bonus points based on seeding for teams you correctly pick to advance.
For example, if a No. 15 seeds upsets a No. 2 seed in the first round, you’ll earn 1 point for the win and 15 bonus points! If a No. 11 seed upsets a No. 6 seed in the first round, you’ll earn 1 point for the win and 11 bonus points!
Upsets pay off, but you risk losing points from higher-seeded teams down the road.
(Please check back in this space every day of the tournament for scoring updates.)