Happy Monday everybody! I feel like this is worse than a typical Monday coming off opening weekend of the tournament (simply judging by Twitter). A quick update: nobody has a perfect bracket; things are still tight at the top, but it's still early; not a lot of parity when it came to picking a champion.
The following are teams picked to win and the percentage of the total:
Michigan(177) - 17.42%
UNC(171) - 16.83%
UCLA(121) - 11.91%
Villanova(115) - 11.32%
Gonzaga(110) - 10.83%
Duke(101) - 9.94%
Arizona(84) - 8.27%
Kansas(80) - 7.87%
Kentucky(37) - 3.64%
Louisville(8),Oregon(2), Baylor(1), WVU(2), FSU(2), UVA(3), Notre Dame(1), Wichita St(1) < 1%
So that's it. Only 17 teams chosen from the vast # of entries submitted. Aside from the Michigan bias, UNC is the overwhelming favorite. I'm sure there is some pickers remorse over that after the weekend.
There are a whopping 1016 entries this year! Up almost 300 from last year. And don't forget we do have prizes at stake this year. I thought it was a pretty good first weekend. Two prevailing topics by media and coaches: seeding and the refs. Both awful.
We have three guys who started in that game still on the team, Derrick, Zak and Mark Donnal. MAAR and DJ Wilson combined for four minutes
We get the CBS slot, as opposed to TBS which is good for a lot of us cord cutters.
The good: Kevin Harlan is probably the best pure PxP guy doing national basketball in both the NBA and college. Dana Jacobson is, famously, an alum.
The neutral: Dan Bonner is fine
The Bad News: Reggie Miller. Who is the worst.
I'll be visiting Portland for the next couple rounds of the tournament. Can anyone recommend Michigan bars in the area?
Thanks and GO BLUE
There are a few coaches that I really don't like in college hoops:
They all lost today. That is all. Enjoy!