Number Ones Crush Defenseless Underdogs


It’s a historic, revolutionary year in the NCAA tournament! Never before has it happened! The Final Four is all number-one seeds! Ugh.

Rooting for all favorites seems a bit like rooting for China against Tibet, so I’m going to continue to keep this Davidson Wildcats image up in honor of the tourney’s best underdogs, the insurgent Tibetan monks of college basketball who were crushed by the Maoist nationalist oppressors, the Kansas Jayhawks. Well, maybe the comparison is a stretch. Maybe it’s just sour grapes. I had Georgetown.

Congratulations then to those of you that predicted this triumph of the party machine, the historic fulfillment of expectations: Ben Cramer, Josh Dean, Mike Stevens, and Dan O’Hara.

**Alert! These are the revised scores. I scored everyone’s picks now, and corrected some mistakes.

Standings as we head for Final Four weekend:

Rank Name 1st Rd 2nd Rd Sweet 16 Elite Eight Final Four Championship Total
1 Ben Cramer 28 22 19 20 0 0 89
1 Josh Dean 27 20 22 20 0 0 89
3 Mike Stevens 25 21 22 20 0 0 88
4 Amparo McDowell 29 23 19 15 0 0 86
5 Laura Kelley 27 25 22 10 0 0 84
6 Emily Thompson 24 22 22 15 0 0 83
7 Bill Brink 26 22 19 15 0 0 82
7 David Gendelman 27 18 22 15 0 0 82
9 Dan O’Hara 20 22 19 20 0 0 81
10 Donna Kelley 26 20 18 15 0 0 79
10 Sophia Kelley 25 20 19 15 0 0 79
12 Jacob Craycroft 25 23 15 15 0 0 78
13 Connie Reber 27 23 16 10 0 0 76
13 Sean Murphy 25 21 15 15 0 0 76
13 Tony Arroyo 24 18 19 15 0 0 76
16 Joe Kelley III 23 26 15 10 0 0 74
17 Joe Kelley II 24 20 19 10 0 0 73
18 John Grady 27 16 19 10 0 0 72
19 Greg Dobbins 27 22 16 5 0 0 70
19 Sean Janda 24 18 13 15 0 0 70
21 Austin Kelley 24 22 13 10 0 0 69
22 Mikey Reber 27 19 15 5 0 0 66
23 Pope Leo 21 18 16 10 0 0 65
24 Matthew McKown 26 16 12 10 0 0 64
25 Ben McGrath 27 14 12 10 0 0 63
26 Tyson Smith 24 16 12 10 0 0 62
26 Brian Schwartz 23 19 15 5 0 0 62
26 Steve McClure 23 17 12 10 0 0 62
29 Jessica Cohen 23 19 9 10 0 0 61
30 Dina Basile 23 18 9 10 0 0 60
31 Christie Flamm 29 16 6 5 0 0 56
31 William Dantona 21 18 12 5 0 0 56
33 Roddy Reber 22 16 6 5 0 0 49
34 Lancelot Brown 22 10 6 10 0 0 48
35 Sarah Trigg 27 11 3 5 0 0 46
35 Meems Dantona 19 16 6 5 0 0 46
37 Lionel Stander 24 11 3 0 0 0 38
38 Lilith Iverson 15 12 3 5 0 0 35
39 Jonathan Hart 21 10 3 0 0 0 34
40 Marquis de Lafayette 20 10 3 0 0 0 33
41 Princess Louise 14 10 3 0 0 0 27

Very bitter grapes indeed.

— Mike Stevens    Apr 2, 11:01 AM    #

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