TTW March Madness Pool

T1000

Legend
anyone interested in a bracket pool on ESPN or cbs? I'll make a group if there's enough interest

@stringertom
@Noveson
@r2473
@hollywood9826
@Topspin Shot
@Kevin T
@Steve0904
@Power Player
@LeeD
@Vcore89
@Say Chi Sin Lo

I think I got everyone I usually see in the NBA, college, and other sport threads.

Edit:
@Big_Dangerous
@Feña14 (idk if you follow Cbb)
@jamesblakefan#1

Knew I forgot a couple guys

Edit 2:

Made an ESPN group

Name: TTW Bracket Challenge 17
Password: Tennis1

http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2017/en/group?groupID=1809126
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
Add me to the list. I'm be down to be shamelessly humiliated as my team loses in the second round.
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
The likely outcome of this is I hide in shame for a few weeks after the tournament because my bracket was THAT bad....like last year when I picked Michigan State to win it
I'm pretty sure last year was the single worst year I have ever had at brackets.

This year could also be tough. A couple schools got really low seeds and could wreck havoc (Wisconsin WTF). We really don't know how good Wichita State is . Baylor is talented but is coached by Scott Drew. Villanova is the overall number seed but the bracket doesn't feel that way. West Virginia is only team in that quarter that has a coach that's even been to a final four.

I usually always fill out my first bracket with little or no thought and its been every year but one that my best bracket has been that first bracket. We shall see how this year plays out.
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame
I'm pretty sure last year was the single worst year I have ever had at brackets.

This year could also be tough. A couple schools got really low seeds and could wreck havoc (Wisconsin WTF). We really don't know how good Wichita State is . Baylor is talented but is coached by Scott Drew. Villanova is the overall number seed but the bracket doesn't feel that way. West Virginia is only team in that quarter that has a coach that's even been to a final four.

I usually always fill out my first bracket with little or no thought and its been every year but one that my best bracket has been that first bracket. We shall see how this year plays out.
Nova got absolutely screwed...I know I'm going to blow their quarter of the bracket. Their draw is absurd, but obviously they could still put 6 games together so who the hell knows.
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
The likely outcome of this is I hide in shame for a few weeks after the tournament because my bracket was THAT bad....like last year when I picked Michigan State to win it
A lot of people picked Michigan State to win last year...including me. In 2015 I picked Villanova to win it all, and they lost in the second round. But they did win last year, so if history repeats, this is Michigan State's year.

You heard it here first.
 
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Noveson

Hall of Fame
A lot of people picked Michigan State to win last year...including me. In 2015 I picked Villanova to win it all, and they lost in the second round. But they did win last year, so if history repeats, this is Michigan State's year.
:D Haha fair point...wouldn't bet on Michigan State this year though- they're only in on reputation
 

T1000

Legend
My brackets (outside of 2011 and 2014) always suck. Usually lose one final four team on the first weekend and two on the second. Then my one final four team always loses its first game on the third weekend. 2011 and 14 my brackets were pretty much perfect (uconn winning also helped)
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
anyone interested in a bracket pool on ESPN or cbs? I'll make a group if there's enough interest

@stringertom
@Noveson
@r2473
@hollywood9826
@Topspin Shot
@Kevin T
@Steve0904
@Power Player
@LeeD
@Vcore89
@Say Chi Sin Lo

I think I got everyone I usually see in the NBA, college, and other sport threads.

Edit:
@Big_Dangerous
@Feña14 (idk if you follow Cbb)
@jamesblakefan#1

Knew I forgot a couple guys
Definitely in for this! I love March Madness!

I don't mind ESPN/CBS, but normally I go with Yahoo, so that's an option as well, if others prefer.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
A lot of people picked Michigan State to win last year...including me. In 2015 I picked Villanova to win it all, and they lost in the second round. But they did win last year, so if history repeats, this is Michigan State's year.


You heard it here first.


According to https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2017-march-madness-predictions/

They have less than a 1% chance of winning it all.

No way they get past Kansas and Louisville.

My brackets (outside of 2011 and 2014) always suck. Usually lose one final four team on the first weekend and two on the second. Then my one final four team always loses its first game on the third weekend. 2011 and 14 my brackets were pretty much perfect (uconn winning also helped)
I only ever predicted the right tournament champion once - 2009 UNC. Every year I hope I pick the correct tournament champion, but damn it's tough to even get them in the Elite 8 or Final Four.
 
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Sirius Black

Guest


According to https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2017-march-madness-predictions/

They have less than a 1% chance of winning it all.

No way they get past Kansas and Louisville.



I only ever predicted the right tournament champion once - 2009 UNC. Every year I hope I pick the correct tournament champion, but damn it's tough to even get them in the Elite 8 or Final Four.
Yeah, but if my anecdotal evidence is correct, they're a lock for the title. Stranger things have happened.
 

T1000

Legend
I used the link but my access was denied. Do you need to invite me first?
I don't think so. Did you use a capital T in the password? Only thing I can think of. Or are you saying you clicked the link and couldn't even see the league? If it doesnt work or it's the second problem pm me your email and I'll send you an invite
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
I don't think so. Did you use a capital T in the password? Only thing I can think of. Or are you saying you clicked the link and couldn't even see the league? If it doesnt work or it's the second problem pm me your email and I'll send you an invite
I clicked the link, tried to join under both a username and my email address, typed in Tennis1 carefully each time and the message reads: the credentials you have entered are incorrect.

I'll start a private conversation with you to give out the email address to you.
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
I made an all chalk bracket. Always like to do it to compare. Ill keep you guys updated on the scores.

Also used to fill out an Obama Bracket. He beat me one time but I topped him in the rest of them. Trump declined to fill one out.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
I'm pretty sure last year was the single worst year I have ever had at brackets.

This year could also be tough. A couple schools got really low seeds and could wreck havoc (Wisconsin WTF). We really don't know how good Wichita State is . Baylor is talented but is coached by Scott Drew. Villanova is the overall number seed but the bracket doesn't feel that way. West Virginia is only team in that quarter that has a coach that's even been to a final four.

I usually always fill out my first bracket with little or no thought and its been every year but one that my best bracket has been that first bracket. We shall see how this year plays out.
This is one of the toughest years I can remember. Really no obvious favorite (or couple of favorites)...very wide open. Two alma maters in this year (UK and Va Tech)...but UK just seems too erratic/undisciplined to win it all. I think Kansas loses early(possibly Miami) but they have a pretty cake bracket, to be honest. I'm picking FSU and ND to get through to the Elite 8, Middle Tennessee is my 12 v 5 upset winner and Wichita St will give UK all they want and just might beat them.

Don't be surprised if my Hokies take out Wisky. You heard it here first. :) Wisky plays tough D and has a lot of senior experience but Va Tech had some nice wins this year against Michigan, Duke, UVA and Miami (when both were top 25). Losing Clarke for the season didn't help but Va Tech shoots 40+% from 3 range, 9th in the country...and that is huge during tourney time.

I'll try to get my bracket in before the games start this evening...work computer blocking me!! :(
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame
I'm in. I have ZERO faith in UCLA stringing together 5 games but I really want them to go somewhere because their offense is the most fun thing to watch in college basketball.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
This is one of the toughest years I can remember. Really no obvious favorite (or couple of favorites)...very wide open. Two alma maters in this year (UK and Va Tech)...but UK just seems too erratic/undisciplined to win it all. I think Kansas loses early(possibly Miami) but they have a pretty cake bracket, to be honest. I'm picking FSU and ND to get through to the Elite 8, Middle Tennessee is my 12 v 5 upset winner and Wichita St will give UK all they want and just might beat them.

Don't be surprised if my Hokies take out Wisky. You heard it here first. :) Wisky plays tough D and has a lot of senior experience but Va Tech had some nice wins this year against Michigan, Duke, UVA and Miami (when both were top 25). Losing Clarke for the season didn't help but Va Tech shoots 40+% from 3 range, 9th in the country...and that is huge during tourney time.

I'll try to get my bracket in before the games start this evening...work computer blocking me!! :(
Those are just the play in games, you have until Noon Eastern Time tomorrow to get your picks in. :cool:
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Notre Dame just barely hangs on.
I've heard that a 12 seed beats a 5 seed every year, and so far Notre Dame and Virginia just barely hung on to win, so I guess Iowa State and Minnesota should be very worried! :D

Actually, I think Middle Tennessee is going to "upset" Minnesota to be honest.

2 games in and my bracket is perfect so far, it's probably a better start than I've had in many years. :eek:
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
Bucknell is playing very well now too. I have a feeling this game is going to be a nail biter
 

T1000

Legend
Uvm is beating Perdue tonight

Bucknell is playing very well now too. I have a feeling this game is going to be a nail biter
How are they handling the press? West Virginia pretty much lives and dies by their ability to play good pressure d.
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
Uvm is beating Perdue tonight



How are they handling the press? West Virginia pretty much lives and dies by their ability to play good pressure d.
I haven't been super attentive but WVU kind of pulled ahead there at the end of the half. I could be wrong but from what I've seen Bucknell isn't shooting that well from 3

Just checked the stats: 14 percent from three for the half. Rough
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
WVU up nine at the half.

Game needs be close with 5 mins left to have any chance of beating WVU. WVU just closes halfs out because the other team is so tired from keeping up with that defensive pressure. Forces them to take quick shots.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Uvm is beating Perdue tonight



How are they handling the press? West Virginia pretty much lives and dies by their ability to play good pressure d.
Purdue.*

I don't know about that one though. Purdue is pretty solid, so it's going to take a special performance by Vermont to upset them.

I could see Xavier over Maryland though, and FGCU over Florida State.
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Purdue in my book is one of the less prone to upsets because of Swanigan. Usually the teams with good big men can impose their will on smaller less talented teams. I think they will control the boards and win fairly easy.

MD is all about Melo trimble trying to be harden lite and since tcavksy (Im not even gonna try to spell it right) got gurt they have no chance of making a deep run.
 

T1000

Legend
Purdue.*

I don't know about that one though. Purdue is pretty solid, so it's going to take a special performance by Vermont to upset them.

I could see Xavier over Maryland though, and FGCU over Florida State.
Perdue hasn't been playing well (2-2 in their last 4 looked terrible against Michigan) their coach also has weird rotations.

Both my parents went to uvm and I love Burlington so it is mostly a homer pick lol. Have the winner losing in the next round so doesn't hurt me. Have Xavier too but fsu is too talented IMO
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
Perdue hasn't been playing well (2-2 in their last 4 looked terrible against Michigan) their coach also has weird rotations.

Both my parents went to uvm and I love Burlington so it is mostly a homer pick lol. Have the winner losing in the next round so doesn't hurt me. Have Xavier too but fsu is too talented IMO
True, I didn't pick FGCU over FSU in most of my brackets, but I'm just saying I could see it happening, because they've essentially limped into this tournament.

UVM eh? Lol did they chug maple syrup? ;)

 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Winthrop let me down I had them in the 16 after beating mid tennesee next round. My other loses are MD and ETSU who I had getting bounced in the next round anyway
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Also halfway though the fist day and we have no perfect brackets in our group. I was hoping if not me somebody was gonna make a run at it.
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Middle Tennessee and Xavier were betting favorites in vegas. All the money favorites won so no real upsets yet, which means today will probably go bonkers.
 

T1000

Legend
Middle Tennessee and Xavier were betting favorites in vegas. All the money favorites won so no real upsets yet, which means today will probably go bonkers.
Every year I do great on one of the first two days and terrible the other. Hopefully the only upsets today are Wichita (not really an upset but seed wise it is) Marquette and Rhode Island
 

Noveson

Hall of Fame
Nothing like an historically predictable day to make everyone feel good about their brackets! I still managed to mess it up though....I was feeling contrarian with Middle Tennessee
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
Nothing like an historically predictable day to make everyone feel good about their brackets! I still managed to mess it up though....I was feeling contrarian with Middle Tennessee
We all did fairly well. 12/16 was the lowest (by me, of course, **** Vanderbilt), which isn't too bad.
I did go 15/16 with another bracket, which I think is the best I've ever done.
 

hollywood9826

Hall of Fame
Maybe if they wouldn't have used the last tie out with 7 freaking minutes left the coach could remind them of the situations late in the game.

He is also the reason they were close to begin with.

Still the kid seemed to take it fairly well.
 
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