After the first 32 games I'm staggering into the weekend at 23-9 with my picks. I'm also assured of at least 3 losses in the next round, but 6 of my E8 picks are still alive. How are you MGoBloggers doing so far?
March Madness: How Broke Is Your Bracket?
On a scale of 1 to broke? Pretty broke.
I have 7 of the Elite 8 still in (damn Wisconsin) and all my Final Four still right. But I need this tournament to finish very upset free from now on...
24-8, Wisconsin killed me, but I'm okay - sitting in 1st in my pool with possibility of the highest point total.
Thank you Kenpom.
intact. I may be behind one of my friend in the pool challenge but I have the highest possible value by a wide, wide margin considering most of them have at least 1 or two final four teams eliminated. I'm in a great shape.
Surprisingly okay and doing much better than last year. I had Wisconsin winning two games so that hurt a bit but I didn't have Georgetown going past next round and some of my upset picks like Minnesota over UCLA and Oregon over Oklahoma State came out alright.
Nothing devastating yet but based on the some of the performances in the first round worried about a number of my picks.
and pitt in my elite eight. guess the big east was as bad as they looked this year. feeling good about picking lasalle, harvard, and both oregon and cal. so at least i got some of the good upset picks.
According to ESPN, I'm in the 78th percentile. I will take it considering I was in the 11th percentile yesterday.
I picked San Diego State and Iowa St.
I'd be a lot happier right now if Davidson had just held on. That was a Sweet 16 pick right there.
Only one Elite 8 team gone. I went undefeated in the late games this evening, as well.
23-9, but I'm in big trouble in the West and East. I had both Pitt and Georgetown in the Elite Eight.
My coin flipping bracket had Georgetown, Davidson, Bucknell, and Valpo in the final four. That bracket probably won't win that pool
13 of sweet 16 still alive.
8 of elite 8 still alive.
Nailed the Oregon, LaSalle, Iowa State upsets.
Overall, pleased so far.
didn't hurt. But I had K State over New Mexico to go to Atlanta my whole west bracket has been wrong
My fiancee picked Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown because of it's medical laboratory school.
It's the only bracket I've seen with this pick.
year in a row they have been a high seed and bounced early? They looked like they were peaking at the right time and a "can't miss" this year...
Actually the 5th year in a row upset. I think 4 in a row by a double digit seed.
my 7-year-old niece. She picked Lehigh last year too. Savant-like, though she finishes the pool in last place overall.
My wife picked FGC because she'd rather go to Florida than DC. Her strategy was to ...1. pick all B1G teams ... 2. pick games based on which city she'd rather visit. She managed to pick 24 games correctly.
Surprisingly not bad. I've got 240 points, and am in the 97.1 percentile for our group. I'm tied for 20th with a bunch of other people too
Same numbers at present for mine, but it gets ugly in the future
only 11 left for sweet 16, with more losses pending
only 6 left for elite 8, ibid
"You want a picture of the future ... imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever." That's pretty much how I feel about my bracket
I'm doing the exact same as OP. 23-9, with 3 guaranteed losses in the sweet 16 and 2 in the elite 8.
Per ESPN I'm in the 91.1 percentile. New Mexico was my only team I had winning more than 1 that lost (final 4 though)
I went straight KenPom chalk thru the whole thing.
Still have 13/16 S16 teams, all of my Elite Eight. First round was a clusterfizzle.
But my PPR is David Terrell, B-A-D-esque.
Have a pool of about 45 of us at the office and I'm currently sitting pretty in 3rd place after tonight's games. 7 of my 8 elite 8 teams left. I sure could use those $450!
Top half of the bracket is brilliant. Only picked Oregon and Georgetown wrong, the bottom half is pretty shitty. All of my sweet 16 teams in the east bracket are out except Miami (I have them winning it all) 1 elite 8 team is out (NC State) But feeling good about my bracket overall
I have Kansas State and Georgetown in the Final Four....so not too good.
21-11, but I still have all of my elite 8 and only lost two of my sweet 16 (Georgetown and Wisconsin... ugh).
not great. but i have michigan winning it all and they've gone undefeated so far.
is completely shot. The only games I called right in that region were OSU and Gonzaga. I blew the other 6 games there and lost Wisconsin as an Elite 8 team. I do have OSU in the final four though, so I can still salvage some points out of that region.
In Michigan's region, Georgetown didn't hurt me too bad, I just had them in the sweet 16 before getting bounced by Florida. My midwest and east are fine.
I'm 21-11 overall. 6 of those losses were in the West. I still have my whole final four, 7/8 elite 8s, and 12 of my sweet 16s.
I think we are bracket twins. FF of Michigan, Miami, Ohio State, and Louisville?
That's my Final Four lol
Well, mine is pretty damn broke. But each of my FF teams are still in it. Wisc screwed me, GT screwed me...but I can recall a few years ago when George Mason shocked the world by going to the FF and my niece was a student there. Everyone in the family was happy for her. Now, my brother's other child, my nephew, is a student at Florida Gulf Coast. I really should have seen that one coming.
I am actually in four pools, including the MGoBlog Challenge - the other three are various office pools. In two of those office pools, I am still more or less alive at 25-7 and 24-8, but in the remaining office pool and the MGoBlog Challenge, this is what they would look like from the air right now:
I'm tied for 520th. Watch out.
Bracket? Oh, haha, no I didn't fill out a bracket. (match to piece of paper) This is just a blank sheet of paper, I swear, no brackets around here.
I will be only a financial donor in the office bracket challenge. Hoyas in the finals on one sheet, and New Mexico in the Final Four on my other. OUCH. Silver lining: All focus now centered on Michigan advancing since bracket sheets are now fish wrap. GO BLUE!!!
As long as Georgetown is still in it I'm in good shape...
24-8, fairly impressed but pretty upset with the michigan of the east, I had New Mexico in the elite 8
I had them in the elite 8. Other than that, the only teams I missed I had losing in the round of 32 or the sweet 16, so it's not too bad. I was kind of pissed that after I got the first ten games right I missed like six in a row, but it ended well. Something like 24-8 ish for the round.
I got 25/32 right and managed to pick all of the 12th seed upsets correctly but I lost one of my final four teams (New Mexico) and I went against Butler so that may come back to haunt me if they keep advancing.
Wisky and Georgy crapped on my Elite8 party. Otherwise doing OK. Just wish Davidson would have won that game, I had them.
I'm in the 99.3%.
I am the 1%
2 final four teams eliminated after the first round? I'd say I'm F'd in the A
I took FGC over Gtown and Ole Miss and SD St to the elite 8. ButvIm not going to talk about my 10 losses. Lol.
The West is KILLING me..... at 25 out of 32
The west is killing everyone.
...Georgetown killed me though. My gut told me they'd get upset too, I just didn't have the stones to take FGCU.
I was 15-1 after day 1...my only loss was Colorado St. over Missouri
I pretty much had "chalk" the 2nd day...Minnesota was the only low seed I had winning.
I was 11-5 the 2nd day. I loss Wisconsin, NC St, Kansas St., Notre Dame and Georgetown. The Hoyas and the Badgers are the only teams I had advancing to the Sweet 16.
So I'm 26-6, but I've only lost 2 Sweet 16 teams in Georgetown and Wisconsin. However I had G'Town them losing to not Florida...but Minnesota! (B1G Homer). And I had Wisconsin losing in the Sweet 16 to Gonzaga (maybe not a B1G homer).
I've got 14 of my 16 Sweet 16 teams and 8 of 8 of my Elite 8 (Louisville/Duke, Gonzaga/OSU, Michigan/Minnesota, Indiana/Miami-YTM)
^I'd love to see that Elite 8. Partially because half of it is filled with B1G Teams.
Better than I thought I was.
Still have all my elite 8 teams alive.
26-6. Picked the Harvard upset too (pats self on back) with WIsconsin the only team that busted my 8.
Have 13 remaining of my Sweet 16, 7 remaining of my Elite 8 and all of the final 4 remaining. Sitting in pretty good shape, first round (yes, I will also call this the 1st round and the others play-in games), does not really matter in the long run as long as your 16/8/4 are in good shape. Saying that, my bracket could fall apart in a couple hours.
Mine's pretty screwed. I dropped 5 of the early games but won the 4 late ones. Wiscy and Georgetown losing hurt bad but I know the guys at work had them both going far too so I'm still right around 2nd, I would hope.
would beat Georgetown. So I put it on my bracket. I'm perfect in the SOuth so far and only missed Colorado St. in the Midwest. But in the West I missed 5 games, including New Mexico and Wisconsin. I had Wisconsin going to the Elite Eight and NM going to the Sweet 16. My final four is still intact. I have 24 of 32 so far, but I am guaranteed to lose at least two this weekend. I'm in the 97.1% on ESPN's bracket.
I had Wisco and Indiana in the finals. I was much more conservative in that one than in my online brackets. My Yahoo bracket is fairly swiss cheese as well.
26-6 but not looking good.
West: Oh god, why? What made me pick bucky to go to the final 4?
I went all in on Wisconsin and now I'm getting jail-sexed for it. To use a recent meme, fuck Wisconsin.
24-8, with 4 of the misses coming from the West (Wiscy, KSU, UNM, ND).
But I've got 13/16 Sweet Sixteen teams (all but KSU, UNM, and Georgetown), 7/8 Elite Eight (all but KSU), and 4/4 Final Four teams left.
I kind of wish I'd put money on this thing in one of the pools that invited me now...
13 sweet 16 teams left and all 8 elite 8
Don't know that I've ever lost a Final Four team so early. Had no confidence in Kansas so it came down to Georgetown vs. Florida, debating Big East > SEC vs. statistical analysis. Then Kentucky and Tenessee bombed in the NIT and my recent SEC strength confidence got shot. And my wife took Florida, so I figured I had that covered if it went the other way. Still have the rest of the 8 left, and the ony other team I had winning another game was Kansas State, and that doesn't hurt too much because the Badgers lost first.
I guess as long as I can stay the leading point person with Louisville winning I have a shot (particularly if they beat Indiana), but I can't bleed too any more points along the way. So I not only want but probably need Michigan to mess everyone's bracket up by going to the Final Four. Or worse comes to worse, VCU. I'd say San Diego but I don't really give them a shot. If not us, North Carolina wouldn't hurt either.
Georgetown losing makes the Baby Jesus smile.
NOT a good year for me so far.
16-16 headed into the weekend.
5 elite eight teams left
3 final four teams left.
On the upside, I picked FGCU and Ole Miss. I almost looked awesome with Southern, but stupid Gonzaga had to win.
teams out on day 1 for 1 bracket. Gtown and New Mexico.
Looking decent on 2nd bracket.
Overall 22-10. I've lost two elite eight teams (went a little crazy with Belmont and Colorado), but I called the Oregon, FCGU, Ole Miss, Wichita State, and Iowa State upsets. I had Davidson as well. I wish they hadn't choked on applesauce.
and then i had them both losing in the round of 32.
so yeah pretty rough.
my wife had georgetown winning it all though, so i have more PPR.
I have Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Indiana in the final four... So I'm still good lol. And yes, I have Michigan winning the championship. They beat Michigan State.
I had no faith that Miin would beat Cal, but firmly believed our friends in Madison would handle Florida Gulf Coast. I had Georgetown as an Elite Eight team, but Harvard and Colorado St past the first round --- who'da thunk it?
My remaining sort-of Cinderella is Butler, whom I have in an Elite-Eight rematch with IU.
Pretty damn broke.
I got only 3 right in the West bracket. And I'm still in the 83 percentile of people. When I look back over it, I knew Pitt would lose, and I completely forgot that Ole Miss had Henderson. Ohio State is in the championship game for me though, so hopefully they don't somehow screw it up.
Luckily, my entire Elite 8 is still in tact besides Kansas State. When picking them it was more of a lesser of two terrible teams. Gonzaga is the worst number one seed in the history of college basketball.
I did a random bracket based on Massey's probability table (wasn't going to use KenPom because of Florida), and at the end of Friday it was just one game out of first at ESPN. The random bracket is kicking my real bracket's behind.
Except that in an odd churn of the random number generator it spat out New Mexico as the tourney champion, beating Michigan in the final. So it's broken too, eventually.
Only half broken.