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Standings after the first night of the NCAA Tournament

Friday, March 19, 2010

Well, that was a rough first day of NCAA Basketball action for my bracket. I am currently in LAST PLACE - UGH!

It was kind of funny as I checked the standing three times during the day. When I checked it the first time, I was in last. When I checked it the second time I had moved up into like third and then when I checked it this morning, I was back in last.

A couple of our returning players have the top two spots - Andy Rupert and Jon Knisely, with Andy having a one-point lead. The next two players are new players this year, Don Johnson and Sarah Nething. Welcome to the tournament! Don is from the land where basketball is just a game for kids who can't skate or handle a hockey stick, but he is doing pretty well, so far. He needs Clemson to make a DEEP Run (he has picked them for the champion) to continue to do well, but he is off to a good start so far - picking a couple of nice upsets with ODU over ND and Washington over Marquette. I don't believe I have met Sarah before, but she has started off well and the only team she has lost going into the next round is Marquette.

The top five after the first day of the tournament:

1. Andy Rupert - 60 points / 11 correct
2. Jon Knisely - 59 points / 11 correct
3. Don Johnson - 55 points / 10 correct
4. Sarah Nething - 50 points / 10 correct
5. Andy Efting - 48 points / 9 correct

Matt Jury and Ron Bean (last year's champion) are just one point ahead of me near the bottom!

Biggest upset correctly picked: I correctly picked 13 seed Murray State over 4 seed Vanderbilt. (None of us picked the University of Ohio over Georgetown - in fact, a number of folks have Georgetown moving on beyond this round.)

Anyway, just a quick update.

Frank

4 comments:

Don Johnson said...

Uh-oh, things are starting to look grim.

At least, if I understand the CBS thingie. It looks like Clemson has failed me. Is that what that red line through the name means?

Maybe I should have gone with Cornell. My grandfather went to Cornell. (Until his father cut off the funds because he was [ahem] involved in too much extra-curriculars and not enough studying.)

Oh well...

Oh, PS: Frank said: Don is from the land where basketball is just a game for kids who can't skate or handle a hockey stick, but he is doing pretty well, so far.

There are one or two guys who are good at basketball, but I really don't understand them at all.

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Frank Sansone said...

Don,

Ouch on the Clemson pick. Of course, after Kansas lost, a number of other folks lost their overall winner, as well.

I also picked a longshot from the ACC - Maryland. Around here there is a little feeling that the President "dissed" Gary Williams, the Maryland coach. Apparently he made a comment when he was picking his bracket that Grievous Vasquez was a great player, but that Michigan State has a great coach. I am hoping this helps to motivate them through the tournament. (OK, I am desperate and reaching. )

Frank

Frank Sansone said...

Don,

I do know that there are some folks up there that play basketball. One of them plays on my favorite NBA team - the Phoenix Suns.

My impression, however, is that those guys are the exceptions, not the rule.

Frank

Don Johnson said...

Yeah, that guy is from our town, Victoria. He is a pretty big name around here. We sort of cheer for him, but I still don't get the game. And hardly ever watch.

I think there might be five or six other Canadians in the NBA, but Nash is the most well known.

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3