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ELITE 8
Updated Sunday March 27 @ 9:00 AM


I’ve been told my web site is restored, but it is not working for me.  While Vlad the impaled is picking splinters from his bare chest, I’ve elevated DEFCON levels to 2 (did you know the lower the DEFCON number the more serious to situation, contrary to how it is depicted in movies… or at least in War Games thirty freaking nine years ago.  Oh Geez!  Between that, my site and my bracket, I can’t get much more depressed).  You are welcome to try my site, but you are not going to see anything there that isn’t in this email as I have not been able to update. 

 

Equally depressed are the people organizing Coach K’s retirement gala.  The cake is now stale, the punch flat.  Even those nasty mints in the center of the table have disintegrated to pastel colored dust.  But like the Energizer Bunny, Mike just keeps right on coaching.  Eleven sheets, more than a quarter of the entries, had Duke in the final four. 

 

Joining Duke will be recent regular to the final four Villanova.  They eliminated a pesky Houston team.  Another nine sheets had Villanova in the final four.  Don’t expect such high numbers today.  Only Susan Weldishofer can get the East region winner right if North Carolina wins.  She’s well back in the pack, but it will be interesting to see how far she jumps up if they win.  A bunch of teams have Kansas… but there is a catch…

 

We have a new leader after day one of the Elite 8.  Katie Schwegman jumped into first by getting both Duke and Villanova.  The catch mentioned above is Katie has Miami picked to win the Midwest.  It is a one and only pick, and at this stage of the game could be a deal breaker for everyone else.  It is probably along shot, and a Kanas win will almost certainly cost Katie her narrow four point lead. I think I know who Katie is rooting for today.

 

The Douyere twins are tied for second.  I have to credit mark for having the confidence in his picks to enter identical sheets to this point.  His sheets do vary in the final four, so the twins will get separated.  But between having identical sheets and good picks, he’s set himself up well to be in the money.

 

Braden Knight slipped to fourth as a result of the Villanova win.  But he remains the top sheet with Kansas as champion.  So he is not out of the running.  David Woolums is fifth, but down to only Villanova and will likely fall back today. 

 

The final four picks get pretty ugly after about seventh place with very few sheets having more than one team left, very few sheets having their champion left.  So I think the winner will come from this top seven. 

 

As for the $5 money back guarantee, we have a clubhouse leader.  Jay Robins has stopped accumulating points.  If I were to compare this pool to a round of golf, Jay only played nine while the rest of us played eighteen.  He stopped scoring points after the third round.   If Kansas wins today, Jay gets the money back guarantee.  If Kansas loses, then that honor will go to Jonathan Kim.  All the suspense for the money back guarantee will be wrapped up today.

 

And if you haven’t paid, I’ve left a message for my Uncle Quedo.  He’ll be getting in touch with you this week. 

 

Rank Player PD R1 R2 S16 E8 SF Champ Total CHAMPION WEST EAST SOUTH MIDWEST
1 Katie Schwegman V 139 42 44 24 0 0 249 Villanova Duke Baylor Villanova Miami FL
2 Mark Douyere $ 158 43 20 24 0 0 245 Duke Duke Kentucky Villanova Kansas
3 Mark Douyere 2 $ 158 43 20 24 0 0 245 Villanova Duke Kentucky Villanova Kansas
4 Braden Knight 2 V 154 62 13 12 0 0 241 Kansas Duke Purdue Arizona Kansas
5 David Woolums PP 144 60 23 12 0 0 239 Villanova Arkansas Baylor Villanova Auburn
6 Amy Melone   146 46 30 12 0 0 234 Duke Duke Purdue Houston Kansas
7 Susan Weldishofer 2   131 45 33 12 0 0 221 Duke Duke Kentucky Arizona Kansas
8 BradenKnight V 137 52 30 0 0 0 219 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Auburn
9 Kimar Morris 2   137 52 14 12 0 0 215 Duke Duke Purdue Arizona Auburn
10 Jennifer Harrell 2 PP 152 56 6 0 0 0 214 Arizona Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
11 Michael Cutcher 2 V 129 48 22 12 0 0 211 Arizona Duke Kentucky Arizona USC
12 Consensus (reference only) N/A 147 46 13 0 0 0 206 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
13 Donny Webber V 140 33 20 12 0 0 205 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Villanova Wisconsin
14 Jennifer Harrell PP 151 47 6 0 0 0 204 Gonzaga Gonzaga Murray State Arizona Wisconsin
15 John Neltner V 163 35 6 0 0 0 204 Baylor Texas Tech Baylor Tennessee Wisconsin
16 Scott McPhail PP 134 34 20 12 0 0 200 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Villanova Auburn
17 Susan Murch PP 143 39 13 0 0 0 195 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Arizona Kansas
18 John Anneken V 151 37 6 0 0 0 194 Arizona Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Auburn
19 Jamie Lafford 2 $ 140 45 6 0 0 0 191 Auburn Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee Auburn
20 Dave Stube $ 134 55 0 0 0 0 189 Baylor Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee 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 Jamie Lafford $ 113 38 13 12 0 0 176 Auburn Duke Baylor Arizona Auburn
29 Rob Collins   127 43 6 0 0 0 176 Kansas Michigan State Kentucky Arizona Kansas
30 DeweyGripshover V 138 29 6 0 0 0 173 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Kansas
31 Jonathan Kim 2 PP 106 29 14 24 0 0 173 Duke Duke Saint Marys Villanova Iowa
32 Susan Weldishofer   101 33 27 12 0 0 173 North Carolina Gonzaga North Carolina Villanova South Dakota State
33 All Favorites (reference only) N/A 105 45 20 0 0 0 170 Gonzaga Gonzaga Baylor Arizona Kansas
34 Brandon Green   134 29 6 0 0 0 169 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
35 Jonathan Kim PP 109 34 13 12 0 0 168 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Villanova Kansas
36 Dalonda Morris 2 V 109 49 7 0 0 0 165 Arizona Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Auburn
37 Dalonda Morris 3 V 103 39 20 0 0 0 162 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
38 David Lamb 2 $ 125 29 6 0 0 0 160 Gonzaga Gonzaga Purdue Illinois Kansas
39 Amanda Woolums PP 108 34 13 0 0 0 155 Tennessee Gonzaga Baylor Tennessee Kansas
40 WilliamRobins $ 108 34 13 0 0 0 155 Tennessee Gonzaga Kentucky Tennessee Auburn
41 Kimar Morris   105 36 13 0 0 0 154 Gonzaga Gonzaga Kentucky Arizona Kansas
42 Jonathan Kim 3 PP 107 32 6 0 0 0 145 Kansas Gonzaga Purdue Arizona Kansas
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