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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:18 pm

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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Tuariki » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:36 pm

Am 23 of 37 with 15 teams still live.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby gh » Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:19 pm

I'm at 29, with St. Louis, Gonzaga (twice), Wisconsin and Georgetown gone. On the first, I obviously overrated the "win one for the Rickster" coefficient.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby donley2 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:53 pm

Well Florida Gulf Coast is now the first 15 seed to advance to the round of 16. Dang Lasalle wins again as a 13 seed.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby rsb2 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:46 pm

Only 11 of the Sweet Sixteen, but arranged such that I could still have 7 of the final 8, with only Gonzaga gone. Emphasis is on the word "could" :)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby gh » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:50 pm

I ended up 35-13 for teh first weekend, with 12/16, 7/8 and 4/4 left.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby donley2 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:26 am

Well there were a couple of firsts related to double digit seeds advancing.

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation


1. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. No. 15 seeds were previously 0-6 in the Round of 32, with the average loss being by 15 points.

2. La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast both made the Sweet 16. This is the first time ever that two teams seeded 13 or lower are in the Sweet 16. Add No. 12 seed Oregon and this marks the first time that three teams seeded No. 12 or lower are in the Sweet 16.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby jeremyp » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:46 am

We are going nuts in Ft Myers over FGCU. Now it's them v Florida, and maybe down the road one of them versus Miami in the semis.
http://www.news-press.com/viewart/20130 ... s-Sweet-16
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby DrJay » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:15 pm

Miami's going to win it all.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby bambam » Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:54 pm

DrJay wrote:Miami's going to win it all.


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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby gh » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:29 pm

yeah, but if you did it, he'll be back in time, right? :mrgreen:
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby jeremyp » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:12 pm

Some things about FGCU. One of them is their coach is a self made multi millionaire and holds the NCAAIII free throw record (.925) and missed only 25 free throws in his career!!!!! Which by my math doesn't mean a lot of free throws? Like 313 or something?

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/colleg ... -coast.ece
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby jeremyp » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:15 pm

DrJay wrote:Miami's going to win it all.

But the FGCU Eagles did manage to pull off an early season upset over Miami so defeating Florida is certainly not impossible and neither is beating Miami.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby dukehjsteve » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:16 pm

gh wrote:yeah, but if you did it, he'll be back in time, right? :mrgreen:



bam bam has also offered his surgical services to any and all University of North Carolina athletes, free of charge. However, no guarantees of quality or of good results. :lol:
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Tuariki » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:10 pm

I am 100% after the first 2 games.
Unfortunately,that is 100% wrong. :cry:
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby donley2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:28 pm

Tuariki wrote:I am 100% after the first 2 games.
Unfortunately,that is 100% wrong. :cry:


Not quite as bad here (1 of 2), but it is a bit funny to enter a "second chance" bracket and then immediately miss the first game.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby rsb2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:41 pm

Tuariki wrote:I am 100% after the first 2 games.
Unfortunately,that is 100% wrong. :cry:


I share your grief...Whoever thought it was a good idea to try and pick the
winners in this tournament ? (: ?
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Tuariki » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:08 pm

rsb2 wrote:
Tuariki wrote:I am 100% after the first 2 games.
Unfortunately,that is 100% wrong. :cry:


I share your grief...Whoever thought it was a good idea to try and pick the
winners in this tournament ? (: ?

Damn. Stupid Indiana. I am still 100%
But I am looking good for Wichita State
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby rsb2 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:49 pm

I am so glad I didn't have anyone left in the Wichita State/ LaSalle bracket. Going 0/3 sounds so much better than 0/4, don't you think ? :)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Tuariki » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:27 am

Only if you went with La Salle. I am now 3 -1 (sounds better than 1 - 3)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby gh » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:31 am

rsb2 wrote:
Tuariki wrote:I am 100% after the first 2 games.
Unfortunately,that is 100% wrong. :cry:


I share your grief...Whoever thought it was a good idea to try and pick the
winners in this tournament ? (: ?


Earlier we had a thread titled something like "best team in college basketball?" and on February 27 I posted <<d, none of the above (above = all NCAA teams), meaning that this year's bracketology is going to be wild-wild-wild.>>

The only solace I can take from losing Indiana and Miami last night is that I s uspect nearly everybody else did too. The not-so-good is that I had Indiana as my winner, so I guess I don't need to watch any more hoops this year :mrgreen:
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby dukehjsteve » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:22 am

Feelin' real good after Duke's win over Michigan State. I was too cheap to buy a ticket, here in my home town, but TV gave me a satisfactory viewing experience.

Dunno about Louisville. They are good. Win or lose Duke's had a great year.

Final note... saw a hilarious shirt yesterday... entering the local pizza palace, wearing my Duke sweat shirt to fly the flag, I encountered a guy wearing a Kentucky blue sweatshirt, and emblazoned on it in large capital letters was " I STILL HATE LAETTNER." We then had a good laugh together. Gotta love it !
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby gh » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:55 pm

In retrospect, the best tip was probably "don't p ut a Big 10 team in your final 4" :twisted:


(a rule I certainly didn't heed!)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Friar » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:08 pm

The Orange zone is quite effective though not what I'd call particularly aggressive. Since there really isn't much game planning for it and the Bb IQ for attacking it really doesn't exist in the 2013 player I think Sy is in pretty good position next week.

Which may be the NCAA's least fav scenario should they have some serious stuff to lay on SU after the season. Syr F J. Southerland's sister Sabrina (2:03.5i) supposedly will name her future U' after the tourny (though she knows now).
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Pego » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:25 pm

gh wrote:In retrospect, the best tip was probably "don't p ut a Big 10 team in your final 4" :twisted:


(a rule I certainly didn't heed!)


Michigan didn't look half bad :D .
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby mcgato » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:39 pm

I should point out that just about everything that I said earlier in this thread turned out to be wrong. My two brackets reflect that.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby DrJay » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:34 pm

dukehjsteve wrote:Final note... saw a hilarious shirt yesterday... entering the local pizza palace, wearing my Duke sweat shirt to fly the flag, I encountered a guy wearing a Kentucky blue sweatshirt, and emblazoned on it in large capital letters was " I STILL HATE LAETTNER." We then had a good laugh together. Gotta love it !


I can verify that is truly the sentiment, 21 years later, as my Mom is a UK alum. If they had any damn pride, they'd just shut up and act like it doesn't bother them. I think there's too much sense of entitlement among UK hoops fans, like Adolph Rupp invented the sport or something.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Conor Dary » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:33 pm

Oregon-Duke would have been a good game.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby dukehjsteve » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:43 pm

I'm not all that upset by Duke's loss. Louisville had a better team and amply showed it in the second half. We had a swell year, Elite 8, 30-6. I'll settle for that.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby DrJay » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:06 pm

Louisville-Wichita St harkens back to the early '70s when they were both Missouri Valley Conference members.

Kevin Ware's injury certainly was grotesque. Par for the course for bambam I reckon.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby donley2 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:14 am

For those who are wandering who may have somehow miraculously gotten the final four correct, well in the ESPN contest 47 people of 8 million entries did.

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation

Just 47 of the 8.15 million brackets in Tournament Challenge got the entire Final Four correct, thanks in large part to Wichita State. For just Sunday's games, 6.3 percent of brackets correctly picked both Louisville and Michigan to reach the Final Four (52.6 percent for the Cardinals, 13.3 percent for the Wolverines).

Breakdown of brackets by number of teams in the Final Four:

4/4: 47 total
3/4: 0.46 percent (37,425 brackets)
2/4: 9.7 percent
1/4: 53.4 percent
0/4: 36.4 percent
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby bambam » Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:29 pm

Interesting stat on ESPN re Final Four - first Final Four since 1985 with none of the big 6 teams - Duke, UNC (in that order), Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, UCLA
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby wamego relays champ » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:05 am

I have no clue how it happened, but somehow I picked six of the Elite Eight, three of the Final Four and the two finalists correctly.

That puts me in the 99.7th Percentile on Yahoo's Tournament Pick-Em game, meaning I am ranked somewhere in the top 10,000. (Theirs is less popular than the espn.com game, with only about 3.5 million entries).

All in all, still pretty humbling.

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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Master Po » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:22 pm

wamego relays champ wrote:I have no clue how it happened, but somehow I picked six of the Elite Eight, three of the Final Four and the two finalists correctly.

That puts me in the 99.7th Percentile on Yahoo's Tournament Pick-Em game, meaning I am ranked somewhere in the top 10,000. (Theirs is less popular than the espn.com game, with only about 3.5 million entries).

All in all, still pretty humbling.

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wamego, that's pretty impressive! Now...what we really need you to do is to focus your prognostication skills on the WC...
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Master Po » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:27 pm

Side note on the NCAA women's tournament: Louisville is the lowest seed (#5) ever to make the final game. Historically, I know that's a reflection of the lack of depth in the women's tournament, but perhaps also an indicator that the women's game is gradually developing a bit more depth.

I pay little attention to the women's game (don't pay too much to the men's, beyond my favorite teams), but know plenty of people who follow it more closely than they do the men's game.
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby DrJay » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:39 pm

bambam wrote:Interesting stat on ESPN re Final Four - first Final Four since 1985 with none of the big 6 teams - Duke, UNC (in that order), Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, UCLA


Sorry, mate. Check out the other thread! :-)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby DrJay » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:21 pm

Well, after all the parity and #1 ranked teams losing this season, and the upsets early in the tournament, the overall #1 seed wins the whole thing. UL was ranked #2 in the AP pre-season poll (Indiana was #1, Michigan was #5.)
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Re: Good tips for picking NCAA tourney games

Postby Master Po » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:32 am

DrJay wrote:Well, after all the parity and #1 ranked teams losing this season, and the upsets early in the tournament, the overall #1 seed wins the whole thing. UL was ranked #2 in the AP pre-season poll (Indiana was #1, Michigan was #5.)


Indeed. These dramas often have familiar endings.
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