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2018 BASKETBALL BRACKET CHALLENGE  FINAL STANDINGS

The 2018 Basketball Bracket Challenge got off to a wild start when number one overall seed Virginia was bounced in the first round.  Nearly half of the sheets in the pool lost their South Region champion right out of the gate.  The first weekend closed with a rash of final four picks getting eliminated, including all the local teams. Bob Caccimelio led the first two rounds, but his champion Xavier was gone.

The top spot traded hands in the Sweet 16.  Aaron Spencer slipped ahead of Bob by three points.  At the halfway point of the tournament, very few sheets could get more than two final four teams.  Aaron remained on top after the Elite Eight.  But he was vulnerable.  There was a pack of sheets within striking distance who had Villanova as the champion.

Aaron kept the lead heading into the Championship Game.  But Eric Eslinger swept past Aaron when Villanova captured the title. Three more swept past Aaron, the last, Bill Freeland, taking the last paying position by tie-breaker.  Mark Douyere finished second for the second straight year.  And Dewey Gripshover finished third.

Rank Team Name Score Correct Best Score Best Correct Champion South West East Midwest
1 Eric Eslinger 2 offline 251 39 251 39 Villanova Cincinnati North Carolina Villanova Kansas
2 Mark Douyere 247 38 247 38 Villanova Virginia Xavier Villanova Kansas
3 Dewey Gripshover 2 offline  245 37 245 37 Villanova Virginia North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
4*** Aaron Spencer 244 40 244 40 N. Carolina Tennessee North Carolina Villanova Kansas
4*** Bill Freeland 244 38 244 38 Villanova Virginia Michigan Villanova Duke
6 Lee Becker 241 38 241 38 Villanova Virginia Gonzaga Villanova Michigan State
7 ron winkler 239 37 239 37 Villanova Arizona Xavier Villanova Kansas
8 Bob Fletcher (2) 233 37 233 37 Duke Cincinnati Michigan Villanova Duke
9 Alex Cromer 224 34 224 34 Villanova Virginia Ohio State Villanova Duke
10 Doug Kornish 222 35 222 35 Villanova Arizona Gonzaga Villanova Michigan State
10 Hank Westcall offline 222 35 222 35 Villanova Virginia North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
12 Steve Anneken 1 offline  220 34 220 34 Villanova Cincinnati North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
13 Amanda Woolums 219 38 219 38 Cincinnati Cincinnati Xavier Florida Kansas
14 Doug Kornish (2) 217 35 217 35 Villanova Virginia North Carolina Villanova Duke
15 Bob Caccimelio offline  216 37 216 37 Xavier Virginia Xavier Purdue Kansas
15 David Stube 216 38 216 38 Xavier Arizona Xavier Texas Tech Kansas
17 Amy Melone 215 35 215 35 Villanova Cincinnati Xavier Villanova Michigan State
18 Eric Eislinger 1 offline  211 35 211 35 Villanova Virginia North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
19 Scott McPhail 205 36 205 36 Virginia Virginia North Carolina Villanova Kansas
20 ALL FAVS (Reference Only) 202 36 202 36 Virginia Virginia Xavier Villanova Kansas
21 brandon green 201 35 201 35 N. Carolina Virginia North Carolina Villanova Kansas
21 The Collective (Reference Only) 201 35 201 35 Virginia Virginia Xavier Villanova Kansas
23 David Woolums 199 36 199 36 Arizona Arizona Gonzaga Villanova Kansas
24 Scott Haughin offline  198 34 198 34 Kansas Virginia Xavier Villanova Kansas
25 Brad Hamant 197 32 197 32 Villanova Cincinnati North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
25 Richard Scott 2 offline  197 36 197 36 N. Carolina Kentucky North Carolina Purdue Kansas
27 ron winkler (2) 195 33 195 33 Xavier Virginia Xavier Villanova Michigan State
28 Mark Douyere (2) 194 34 194 34 Virginia Virginia North Carolina West Virginia Duke
29 Dewey Gripshover 1 offline  190 34 190 34 Kentucky Kentucky North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
30 John Neltner 188 33 188 33 Virginia Virginia Xavier West Virginia Kansas
31 Ben Mouch offline  187 34 187 34 Michigan St. Virginia North Carolina Villanova Michigan State
32 Susan Murch 178 33 178 33 Virginia Virginia North Carolina Purdue Kansas
33 David Lamb 177 34 177 34 Duke Virginia Gonzaga Purdue Duke
33 Todd Hendrixson offline 177 31 177 31 Kansas Arizona North Carolina Villanova Kansas
35 William Robins 176 33 176 33 Virginia Virginia Xavier Villanova Kansas
36 Bob Fletcher 173 31 173 31 Duke Virginia Michigan Florida Duke
36 Richard Scott 1 offline  173 32 173 32 Michigan St. Cincinnati Xavier Villanova Michigan State
38 Mike Carlton offline  171 29 171 29 Michigan St. Cincinnati Xavier Villanova Michigan State
39 Susan Weldishofer (2) 152 30 152 30 Duke Cincinnati Xavier Wichita State Duke
40 David Lamb (2) 145 30 145 30 Kentucky Kentucky Ohio State Purdue Duke
41 Steve Anneken 2 offline  142 27 142 27 Cincinnati Cincinnati Xavier Villanova Michigan State
42 Susan Weldishofer 135 27 135 27 Xavier Arizona Xavier Butler Auburn
*** Bill Freeland wins the tie breaker for fourth because he had Villanova as the champion.


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