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Sweet 16 - Final
Updated after Sweet 16

Unfortunately I’m still in email only mode and I must hastily write this update before leaving for Russia.  I’m sure once I arrive with lance in hand, Putin will come to his senses.  My only problem now is Lance doesn’t want to go.  He never goes anywhere without a few ounces of weed. On the bright side, he does welcome the chance to meet Brittney Griner. 

 

Too Soon?

 

The Elite 8 is set. We have seven different seeds numbers in the Elite 8.  The only duplicated seeds are #2 Duke and #2 Villanova.  You do have a #1 in Kansas, a #4 in Arkansas and a #5 in Houston.  Those are all reasonably plausible considering in a ranking, they’d be top 20 teams.  Then you have the other three remaining schools.  At #10, has the “U” turned into a basketball school?  The Hurricanes are one game away from the final four.  And in the game that will get all the attention this weekend, we are guaranteed an 8 or 15 seed in the final four. 

 

At #8,  North Carolina is certainly a familiar name.  But these aren’t your dad’s Tar Heels.   And at #15, who knew Cinderella had a beautiful plume of tail feathers.  The St. Peters Peacocks are the first 15 seed to reach the Elite 8.   Just imagine how proud this team will be if the make the final four.

 

Our standings continue to toss and turn as well.  Braden Knight 2 is back to the top spot.  At 229 points, he’s 2 up David Woolums. 

 

But the story of the Sweet 16 is Katie Schwegman.  44 points in the eight games played Thursday and Friday.  The next highest point total I see from anyone in this round is 33 by Susan Weldishofer 2, but she is outside the money (at the moment, don’t count our past champion out).  The best among the current contenders was Amy Melone with 30.  So Katie picked up a whopping 14 points an the people she directly competing with.  And very very important, she is the top sheet in the standings with three final four teams left.  Both Braden and David are down to two Final Four teams.

 

OK, I’m gonna stay on this final four teams theme a little bit.  And I think I see why Katie made such a leap.  She is the only sheet near the top that has Miami of Florida in the final four.  If they upset Kansas, Katie really may bar the door and lock everyone else out of the top spot (and if Katie wins, you’re gonna see that cliché again.  I don’t have time to be original).  David Woolums has an equally opportunistic pick that is arguable more likely.  David is the only sheet with Arkansas in the final four.  Their task is far less daunting.  They just need to beat Duke and send old man Mike off into the sunset once and for all. 

 
2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Team Tracker
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Rank Player PD R1 R2 S16 E8 SF Champ Total CHAMPION WEST EAST SOUTH MIDWEST
1 Braden Knight 2 V 154 62 13 0 0 0 229 Kansas Duke Purdue Arizona Kansas
2 David Woolums PP 144 60 23 0 0 0 227 Villanova Arkansas Baylor Villanova Auburn
3 Katie Schwegman V 139 42 44 0 0 0 225 Villanova Duke Baylor Villanova Miami FL
4 Amy Melone   146 46 30 0 0 0 222 Duke Duke Purdue Houston Kansas
5 Mark Douyere $ 158 43 20 0 0 0 221 Duke Duke Kentucky Villanova Kansas
6 Mark Douyere 2 $ 158 43 20 0 0 0 221 Villanova Duke Kentucky Villanova Kansas
7 BradenKnight V 137 52 30 0 0 0 219 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Auburn
8 Jennifer Harrell 2 PP 152 56 6 0 0 0 214 Arizona Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
9 Susan Weldishofer 2   131 45 33 0 0 0 209 Duke Duke Kentucky Arizona Kansas
10 Consensus (reference only) N/A 147 46 13 0 0 0 206 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
11 Jennifer Harrell PP 151 47 6 0 0 0 204 Gonzaga Gonzaga Murray State Arizona Wisconsin
12 John Neltner V 163 35 6 0 0 0 204 Baylor Texas Tech Baylor Tennessee Wisconsin
13 Kimar Morris 2   137 52 14 0 0 0 203 Duke Duke Purdue Arizona Auburn
14 Michael Cutcher 2 V 129 48 22 0 0 0 199 Arizona Duke Kentucky Arizona USC
15 Susan Murch PP 143 39 13 0 0 0 195 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Arizona Kansas
16 John Anneken V 151 37 6 0 0 0 194 Arizona Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Auburn
17 Donny Webber V 140 33 20 0 0 0 193 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Villanova Wisconsin
18 Jamie Lafford 2 $ 140 45 6 0 0 0 191 Auburn Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee Auburn
19 Dave Stube $ 134 55 0 0 0 0 189 Baylor Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee Auburn
20 Scott McPhail PP 134 34 20 0 0 0 188 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Villanova Auburn
21 David Lamb $ 116 41 23 0 0 0 180 Kentucky Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Kansas
22 Brad Perry $ 121 39 19 0 0 0 179 Wisconsin Texas Tech Kentucky Tennessee Wisconsin
23 Michael Cutcher V 118 41 20 0 0 0 179 Gonzaga Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Kansas
24 SJ Anneken V 115 40 23 0 0 0 178 Gonzaga Gonzaga UCLA Houston Wisconsin
25 MachaelCarlton V 129 42 6 0 0 0 177 Arizona Gonzaga Saint Marys Arizona Wisconsin
26 Dalonda Morris V 149 21 6 0 0 0 176 Kansas Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
27 Dara Perry $ 129 28 19 0 0 0 176 Arizona Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Auburn
28 Rob Collins   127 43 6 0 0 0 176 Kansas Michigan State Kentucky Arizona Kansas
29 DeweyGripshover V 138 29 6 0 0 0 173 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Kansas
30 All Favorites (reference only) N/A 105 45 20 0 0 0 170 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Arizona Kansas
31 Brandon Green   134 29 6 0 0 0 169 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
32 Dalonda Morris 2 V 109 49 7 0 0 0 165 Arizona Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Auburn
33 Jamie Lafford $ 113 38 13 0 0 0 164 Auburn Duke Baylor Arizona Auburn
34 Dalonda Morris 3 V 103 39 20 0 0 0 162 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
35 Susan Weldishofer   101 33 27 0 0 0 161 North Carolina Gonzaga North Carolina Villanova South Dakota State
36 David Lamb 2 $ 125 29 6 0 0 0 160 Gonzaga Gonzaga Purdue Illinois Kansas
37 Jonathan Kim PP 109 34 13 0 0 0 156 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Villanova Kansas
38 Amanda Woolums PP 108 34 13 0 0 0 155 Tennessee Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee Kansas
39 WilliamRobins $ 108 34 13 0 0 0 155 Tennessee Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Auburn
40 Kimar Morris   105 36 13 0 0 0 154 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
41 Jonathan Kim 2 PP 106 29 14 0 0 0 149 Duke Duke Saint Marys Villanova Iowa
42 Jonathan Kim 3 PP 107 32 6 0 0 0 145 Kansas Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Kansas