NCAA Pool Round 1 Results

Results After Round One Rank Name Points 1 Christie Flamm 29 1 Amparo McDowell 29 3 Ben Cramer 28 4 Connie Reber 27 4 Greg Dobbins 27 4 David Gendelman 27 4 Laura Kelley 27 4 John Grady 27 4 Josh Dean 27 4 Ben McGrath 27 4 Mikey Reber 27 4 Sarah Trigg 27 13 Bill Brink 26 13 Matthew McKown 26 13 Donna Kelley 26 16 Jacob Craycroft 25 16 Sophia Kelley 25 16 Mike Stevens 25 16 Sean Murphy 25 20 Joe Kelley II 24 20 Tony Arroyo 24 20 Austin Kelley 24 20…

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Sweet 16: V for Villanova, V for Victory

Late Friday night I was watching the Villanova – Clemson game. My father went to Villanova and Villanova Law; my brother went to law school there; so did some of my cousins. Although I had picked Clemson in my pool (perhaps in a complex reverse-psychological rooting strategy) I am a Villanova fan, and I was in despair. The Wildcats were not only losing by 18 points; they looked terrible. On offense they would bring the ball down and stand around until someone took a bad shot. On defense they would leave huge lanes to the basket. I…

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Join the 2008 NCAA Basketball Pool

To join The Modern Spectator NCAA basketball pool, simply fill out an Excel bracket (download from this website) predicting who will win each game in the men’s tournament and email it to us before noon Eastern time on Thursday March 20. If you can’t email a spreadsheet or filled-out pdf, type out the winners for each round. Or mail me, postmarked by Wednesday: Austin Kelley, 115 8th Ave #4 Brooklyn, NY 11215. We think the first two rounds are the most fun, so our scoring system is not as heavily weighted toward the Final Four as many…

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Schwartz, Florida Beat Murphy, Ohio State

And the winner is…. Brian Schwartz. He picked both finalists and Florida. We’re sending him a Wilson NCAA basketball and a T-shirt. Sean Murphy and Tyson Smith also get T-shirts. John Maggio and Sarah Trigg rounded out the top 5. Thanks for playing. I wish I could give out more T-shirts. I’d give them to Sarah, John, and all the others who picked Florida. I’d give one to Laura for picking every Texas team to go all the way, one to Curtiss for picking Arsenal, one to the Statistical Genius for not being so genius, one for…

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Gators, Bruins, Hoyas, Buckeyes

John Thompson and Patrick Ewing have led Georgetown back to the Final Four. Of course, this is Patrick Ewing Jr. (I love that his jersey says “Ewing Jr.”) and John Thompson III, the sons of the great Georgetown player and coach. The new Ewing has only a bit role, but he did his bit, and UNC fell apart in the closing minutes. Georgetown will play the Ohio State University, and Florida will play UCLA in a rematch of last year’s final. Gators, Bruins, Hoyas, and Buckeyes—that’s a pretty weird bunch of mascots. Looking back now, it seems…

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Favorites Rule Elite Eight

If you look up “March Madness” in the DSM-IV, the manual of psychiatric disorders, you’ll find the basic symptoms: last-second shots, big comebacks, torn-up brackets. The Sweet Sixteen had all of these. The only team to win by double digits was Carolina, and USC was killing them until the Tarheels went on a tear and USC coach Tim Floyd lost his cool. But the DSM-IV also lists big upsets as essential indicators of this seasonal mania. These were markedly absent. The Ducks of Oregon, a 3-seed, are the biggest underdogs of the last eight. Go Ducks. Ongoing…

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NCAA Pool: UNLV, Dominic Win

Read about my hatred of Duke. Look back at Round One pool results. Check the final scores of yesterday’s games. We have a new leader in The Modern Spectator NCAA Pool: Dominic C. with 60 points. Sean Murphy is two points behind him and Rod Reber and Tyson Smith are nipping at their heels. Dominic’s chances ride on the Aggies. He has them in the Finals. The Achilles heel in Sean’s bracket is Texas, his Final Four pick in the East, while Rod Reber’s mistake was picking Virginia Tech in the Finals. Tyson’s Final Four are still…

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NCAA Pool Results: Round 1

Roderick Reber the Younger wrote in to say he was sorry he didn’t get a bracket in on time. He was stuck in Salt Lake City, he said. But maybe he was just scared of his dad who leads The Modern Spectator NCAA basketball pool after round one with 33 points. Reber the Elder (champion: OSU) picked 29 out of the 32 games correctly and had four of the five upsets right. Incredibly, he did all this despite picking Penn to beat Texas A&M. My infant niece is somehow tied for second with Dominic, but I’m not…

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NCAA Round 1: Favorites Prevail

Thank you all for entering the NCAA pool. Oh, Villanova! What happened? In the battle of Wildcats, Kentucky prevailed. Duke-haters, rejoice! While upsets were in short supply in the first round, Coach K’s men were ousted. So was Notre Dame, and just before St. Paddy’s Day, too. I imagine there are some hugover Irish folks out there today. Congrats to Rock Hill, SC, and in Richmond, VA, the homes of Winthrop and Virgina Commonwealth respectively. Near misses: Texas A&M Corpus Christi and New Mexico St. each had impressive stretches but couldn’t hold on, and Illinois led the…

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The Madness Has Begun

Thank you all for entering the NCAA pool. Right now Rock Hill, SC, is celebrating. The little town outside of Charlotte is home to Winthrop University, and the Winthrop Eagles have eliminated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Texas A&M Corpus Christi gave Wisconsin a fight, but the Badgers prevailed. We have a lot of contestants gunning for our fabulous T-shirts. Click here to take a look at the round-up of Final Four picks, and check to make sure I didn’t miss your entry. The only real upset yesterday was Duke’s loss to Virginia Commonwealth. Here are…

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