NCAA Tournament bracket picks discussion

Hadn't seen anyone posting all their hot takes on their bracket selections so I figured I'd start it off.

For upsets I got Stephen F Austin, New Mexico St, St Bonnie's, South Dakota St, and Loyola winning in the first round.

I'm stupid and have Kentucky in the title game, along with Michigan State, so naturally Davidson and Bucknell will pull upsets.

Give me your worst (best) upset picks.

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Best upset pick: Hokies win it all.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Same

I want to taste dirty A stinging pistol In my mouth On my tounge

I think LOLUVA losing to Radford In the first round would top that. Maybe I'm just filled with hate. It would get mentioned every year forever. During every 1v16 game and every LOLuva game. It would be perfect.

Edit: I'm dumb af. Sorry

Yes Radford making it to the final round to play UVA alone would be a ridiculous upset

I'm not a smart man

Remember when my dreams came true.

this has aged well

Edit: I'm dumb af. Sorry

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What? Which part?

It's not entirely accurate that he's dumb af, due to the fact that he was talking up UVA losing to the 16 seed beforehand, if I can read timestamps right.

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Sorry. Those were the next lines in the movie.

Well played, then.

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3/16/2018--On this day in history, UVA became the first 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Needless to say...bracket busted.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Marshall's making its first appearance in the tournament since 1987, so I picked them to beat Wichita State and then WVU right after. It might be another 31 years before we see them in the tournament again.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

This is a sneaky good pick, at least having Marshall beat Wichita State. They're coached by Dan D'Antoni, Mike's big bro, and can really score. Wichita usually prides themselves on playing tough nose ball with great defense but they're not this year. This game could be a shootout that Marshall wins. They've lost to SMU and Temple this year so i won't be surprised if this one happens.

Yeah, Marshall lives and dies by the 3, and Wichita State happens to struggle defending the 3. I'm excited to watch.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

Dream scenario would be VT vs Radford and then WVU vs Marshall. Big brother vs little brother. I want to beat Radford, WVU, Duke and UVA on the way to a national title.

I'm rooting for a VT-Marshall showdown in the Sweet Sixteen. For whatever reason, WVU fans talk nonstop shit on Marshall even though they're in the Big 12 and Marshall in the Conferene USA. It's like if VT fans constantly trashed Radford. I would love nothing more than for Marshall to be the reason WVU is knocked out of the tournament.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

I got the Bonnies, Loyola, Montana, and South Dakota State in the first round. Creighton, URI, Loyola in the Sweet 16.

Hottest take I have in my TKP bracket; Lipscomb over UNC.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Watching my boss who's an Uber LOLUVA douche change his bracket from LOLUVA winning it all to them losing to Xavier was the greatest moment today

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

That's still a bad pick. Xavier isn't making the Final Four.

But he told me he has a truly great basketball mind and thinks bibbs is a garbage player

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

If my boss told me things like that, I wouldn't let him be the boss anymore. You need to pull up and say, "You're an idiot, and I'm in charge now."

Of course, I've lost a few jobs with that line or reasonable facsimile thereof...

Leonard. Duh.

in every bracket RETRIEVERS BEATING LOLUVA. HOKIES WINNING IT ALL

I swear to drunk, I'm not God

I've got VT in the final 4 based on hot tip by Navy, and LOLUVA out early thanks to Interpeter. I agree with nothing else in this thread so far. But I 'm not sure how my random auto-bracket picked. Winner of each round gets to sip on a nice bottle of Highway 9 botanical gin during the next round.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

*Disclaimer: I didn't take my own advice.

Although I did win the only bracket I ever put money on (Maryland, '02).

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-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

My Bracket:

1-0 every week

The West Region is a joke. Committee gifted UNCheat a cakewalk to the Final 4.

Let's Go...

Then why do most college basketball analysts have Mich vs Gonzaga in the Elite 8 in that bracket? I am not 100% on UNC and Michigan has been incredible over the last 12 games. Gonzaga plays defense at an almost UVa like level but can averages about 10 more ppg. I think you may be underestimating the West.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Michigan is going to lose early, a victim of nearly two weeks off. (I'm downgrading most of the B1G for that.) I have them losing to Montana, but they may well lose the next game if I'm wrong.

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I'm taking Wright St. over Tennessee. Early game, Tennessee coming of an emotional loss where they got a little beat up... I feel ok about it.

That didn't go well.

3/16/2018--On this day in history, UVA became the first 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

I think 'Nova is vulnerable and will go down in second round.

#Hokies

Rd 1 "upsets": Loyola over Miami, Providence over Texas A&M, and OU over Rhode Island...

I don't get the vibe that this will be a year for a lot of early upsets.... but I've been wrong before...

...every year, actually...

...come to think of it, I'm not very good at this...

Go Hokies... but Nova wins it all

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Go Hokies... but Nova wins it all

I can't see why TCU made the field. I think they lose to Syracuse, play in winner. Has a play in winner (first four) ever won in the first round before?

VCU was a play in game against USC when they went to the Final Four

Literally every year

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Personally, its stupid that there are play in games for the 11-seed. Just have the play-in apply to all 16s. The way they're doing it now, you'd almost rather be a 6 going against a play-in 11, who had to travel the day before your game than a 5, who is going up against a 12 who has all week to plan.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Totally agree. Makes no sense for there to be play in games for the 11-seed.

I feel like it has to be money driven, two more primetime games to cash-in on. They get two extra days of tournament/pre-tournament/hype. I don't think viewers will flock to watch 4 play in games for the 16 seeds.

For instance, I didn't watch the Radford or Texas Southern (featuring Donte Clark) win. I did watch the both 11-seed games with more household programs.

The logic is that its the 4 last at large teams to get in, thus they "play in". Sometimes they are 11, but have been 12's depending on how the bracket sets up. It's more fair to the "little" conferences too, since only 4 16's have to play their way in as opposed to 4 16's and 4 15's - likely all from small conferences. Also there is the TV factor. You notice the 16 games are at 6:30pm and the 11/12 games are in prime time.

Sort of on topic - here's some cool statistical analysis of tournament upsets. First, from some bracketologists on reddit:

Since March Madness expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been between 10 and 16 upsets in 26 of the 33 tournaments. The annual average is roughly 12.7. There have been as few as four upsets (2007) and as many as 19 (2014) but the sweet spot is obviously somewhere in between. So, where should you "spend" your upsets? Here's how the average upsets break down by round:

  • First round: 6.1
  • Second round: 3.6
  • Sweet 16: 1.6
  • Elite Eight: 0.9
  • Final Four: 0.3

Most, if not all of your upsets should be in the first two rounds. But which matchups exactly? Here's how each first-round matchup's upset percentage looks:

  • 10 over 7: 38.6%
  • 11 over 6: 37.1%
  • 12 over 5: 35.6%
  • 13 over 4: 19.7
  • 14 over 3: 15.9%
  • 15 over 2: 6.0%
  • 16 over 1: 0.0%

Also thought this infographic from FiveThirtyEight was cool

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Some fun stats:

In 2017, all of the 1-4 seeds advanced to the second round. Last time that happened before 2017? 2007. It doesn't happen often and I highly doubt it will happen two years in a row so look for at least one of those to go down.

Since 2007, the last time all of the 5 seeds advanced, they've lost 18 first round games (undefeated in 2015 as well) which comes out to an average of 1.8 games per year the last ten years.

6 seeds have not gone undefeated in the first round since 2004. In the 13 years since that happened, 25 11 seeds have advanced for an average of just under 2 upsets per year once again. Note that the past two years have each seen three 11 seeds advance to the second round.

Needless to say, this year looks primed for upsets with all the top dogs going unscathed last year. Let the madness begin!

EDIT: bar1990 sorta beat me to it.

In 2017, all of the 1-4 seeds advanced to the second round. Last time that happened before 2017? 2007. It doesn't happen often and I highly doubt it will happen two years in a row so look for at least one of those to go down.

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"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

In addition, in the past 6 tournaments, there have been six 4 seeds and four 7 seeds to make the Elite 8. The 7-over-2 and 4-over-1 pick is hot.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Here's a question: Are you a multiple brackets person? Or one-bracket-per-year kind of person?

Chem PhD '16

One bracket a year for the TKP group. I don't have a circle of friends or coworkers big enough or interested enough in doing a pool to do another.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Crap, can someone link me the TKP group, stat?

Edit: NM, found it, but I forgot I'm still at work, and can't do fantasy sport. It's considered a "security violation". Those're bad, mmkay?

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Password?

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

LOLUVA

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I just make one bracket per year. I don't get the people who make a bracket, but then make three or four hedge brackets.

Chem PhD '16

I usually do three, one following my heart, one following my head, and one completely done by coin-flip. This year I was lazy and just did one.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

Well, since RI managed to pull their heads out of their collective ass in OT, I'm 100% on my bracket. Can I quit now and claim the win?

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Only if we split the prize. 100% still

I don't feel bad for Miami one bit.

Marshall University student.
Virginia Tech fanatic.

I used to be at brackets, when VT was not in the discussion. Based on day one, I probably suck now, but since we've been in the tourney I've stopped watching after we are out, and don't give a shit. Basketball season is over. Go HOKIES! Let's win that spring game!!!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

SF Austin and South Dakota St gave it a run but man the Bonnies got crushed by UF. I bet they beat TT and take a trip to the Sweet 16.

Late games tonight will be fun.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Looks like Marshall may give wichita state the shocker...

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My dumb ass needs to quit picking superstar+4 guys teams to win it all.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Picked all the 1s to beat the 16s, literally flipped a coin for every other game. We'll see how this goes.

So which 15s did you have winning?

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

VTAlum07 didn't, he "picked" UMBC to beat UVA

Sure, let's shit up a different thread with pedantic bickering.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Oh, I see you've visited a recruiting thread too.

I purposefully avoid them.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Wait, what? am I replying to every post with a lame old theme? am I doing that? Nobody on here would do that, nah.

Why do you do this?

I'm serious. It's like you go out of your way to antagonize everyone you interact with on this site unless they agree with you. You don't get to decide when you're being an asshole, and if you do it long enough you'll start become the butt of all the jokes. Is it a mystery to you why "gets a pass" became a TKP meme? It wasn't because of that thread itself, it was because of your body of work leading up to it.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Piss off. Seriously. You come at me like alum07 does, I'll fire back. You pissed/annoyed? stop replying to every fucking post of mine with "gets a pass".. But I know what you want. You want TSL- You want a group think echo chamber- on a message board. I get it. Enjoy

Put your money where your mouth is and find where I've been going after every post you make with "gets a pass". I'd been sitting it out for a while because I honestly thought you were getting better after you nearly got downvoted off of the site a couple of months ago. Looks like that was misplaced faith on my part.

I don't want TSL because it's full of people like you.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

So you only do that 75% of the time. Effing great. I was not replying to you anyway, but you could not resist the opportunity for some sanctimonious bullshit board police post directed at me. Fine, I'm the asshole for posting a simple thought as to why I thought UVA (ranked #1 in the AP at the time) would still make the final four. It was about basketball, a simple take on their team, not a jab at anyone or anything and not even replying to alum07, and of course I get a lame ass out of the blue "uhh I guess Bennett gets a pass" from him. Totally unelated/off the wall, simply to annoy me and start an argument. But I'm the asshole of course. Its not funny. Neither is me bringing up UMBC every time from now on. You don't mind one of them though, and you loathe the other. good for you.

If you can't be bothered to back up your claim that I go after all (or even most) of your posts then don't make it.

You're missing the point. I didn't make that comment because of your stance. I made it because you brought your fight with Alum07 into this thread from another thread for no reason whatsoever. I don't care that you thought UVA would make the Final Four. I do care that you're ruining threads for everybody by doing what you're doing right now.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

yes of course. But "uhh huh huh gets a pass" Is great message board content in every thread.

I never said it was. Try again.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Sorry, I wouldn't know since you never lectured alum07 or anyone else on how they post. My bad.

He's not lecturing you. He's following guidelines by monitoring as a TKP community.

Everyone goes on their rants, including myself and certainly ALUM07, but the two of you aren't even having a shred of a substantive argument. You're just arguing to call each other names at this point. VTFENCER is letting you know how I guarantee the majority of TKP feels.

So chill the phuck out and let everyone else enjoy their TKP morning.

I wasn't even intentionally trying to get into it with this guy. Maybe I went to the 'get a pass' well one too many times, but at this point, that whole thing is a TKP meme.

This guy, on the other hand, has shown a history of popping off at anyone who disagrees with him without letting it go. I mean hell, the reason 'get a pass' became a meme was because of comments like this, this, and this from that thread back in November. The community has routinely told him to chill the F out, and yet here we are.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

why did you snark reply my take on UVA the other day? why? Where in that post did I say anything negative or start anything with anyone? Just answer that please and I'll drop it.

Because when you make a habit of trying to shit on everyone who even attempts to poke fun at or disagree with you, and you make a statement like "nobody is going to blow out Virginia" only to see them get run off the court in their first game... Yeah, you're going to hear about it. Especially when you tried to stir shit up earlier in the week before that game was even played.

And oh, before you even try to go there, everyone on here gets poked fun at or has someone disagree with them from time to time. Literally everyone. I can't tell you the amount of times someone has thrown something back to me, and most of the time completely deservedly. The only reason the whole 'get a pass' thing won't go away is because you act like an asshole to people all the time on here, and sometimes, and I'm guessing those same people might find it amusing to piss you off. It will never go away, but it would certainly lessen if you learned to brush it off.

I personally only started using that joke in the last few weeks, but I can guarantee you that it will never go away because of the way you react when its used. If its not me saying it, someone else will. You're only bringing it upon yourself. I'll certainly try to lessen my use of it, though.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

what shit did I try to stir up regarding my opinion on UVA's team? If you wanna use your little joke on something REMOTELY on topic or to reply to a snark I make- fine. But several times recently you chime in to a totally mundane topic related, not fighting about anyone or anything post I make with "gets a pass" I can't help but think you are just trying to piss me off- is that it? is that why you do it? If so, how is that not being an asshole? and regarding "nobody is going to blow them out"- that's called a sports opinion, I did not state it as scientific peer reviewed evidence. Can I play hindsight on every opinion you give on here? that would add to the board. It was a simple opinion for Christ sake. If you have an "issue" with that take after their historically defensive/acc winning year, I don't know what to say. Just tell me if you do it to get under my skin- that's fine.

because you act like an asshole to people all the time on here, and sometimes, those same people might find it amusing to piss you off

Not constructive at all. You're just egging him on at this point.

How about don't call him an asshole and don't purposefully find amusement in pissing him off by not letting the joke die.

If his comments are out of bounds downvote and let him know it's not cool. But VTFENCER and I are trying to put a lid on this and your throwing more gas on the flames.

Our esteemed moderator Guitarman, who like Dorthy Mantooth is a goddamn saint, isn't able to douse every fire anymore so lets all try a bit harder to keep ourselves in check, especially with name calling.

This thread is full of constructive criticism that he is throwing back in the face of anyone offering it, including from myself. And then he wants a reason a joke at his expense might not die?

Should I have worded that better? sure. But then again, don't ask the question if you won't like the response.

And I'll be honest, his tone comes off as extremely benderish lately.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

I'm going to be honest here alum, you really aren't coming across much better. Maybe you both need to just step back and chill for a bit?

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Yeah, he needs to tone it down. I agree. That's why VTFENCER and I are trying to tell him to chill out. Hopefully his comments in general get less confrontational, but on the other hand, you me and pretty much everyone here has been ruthlessly savaging him for the get a pass thing. So that may have something to do with his quick temper to comments.

Where did you offer me any "constructive" criticism? LOL. Look I get it- you are going to continue to post "uh huh huh gets a pass" after every one of my posts and you make no apologies for doing so. That's fine. I know where I stand with you.

Jokes die a long death here on TKP, even at others expense. I'm guilty of that. Most frequent commentors are.

You made your bed with your posts about Foster but I for one am all for letting it go. BUT you should try to laugh at yourself too.

You missed my amazing discussion on morals (sarcasm abundant here) but a lot of us have made commentary mistakes. That includes you, me, alum07... Most everyone. But a thick skin works wonders.

good post. I would hope that a frustration post made 18 hours after a non passing team torched fosters secondary killing our coastal chances, that the get a pass joke would die sooner. I was wrong. I appreciate your honesty and takes in this thread.

Just so you know, that morals discussion is one of my favorite things that happened here. But I'm weird.

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
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-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I too have made a joke at his expense, probably two or three.

But then again that was months ago. Certainly the joke is getting old and is clearly rubbing him the wrong way. So lets all drop it shall we? That will save a lot of unnecessary bickering and downvotes.

Unless of course he starts on it again, which I sincerely hope he doesn't.

Certainly the joke is getting old and is clearly rubbing him the wrong way. So lets all drop it shall we?

That's like asking us to stop with the Dork Magic, Pussy Touchdowns, "I'm about to speak that dam truth", and "100% right". It kind of became an instant TKP meme, and those have an extremely long shelf life to the point where its just not going to go away.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

It's nothing like those. Dork magic and pussy touchdowns were taken positively. Arnie's "dam truth" neg'd himself off the boards because of it's vitriol. Not sure about the other one.

This is more like a kennyhokie situation who was on a LONG time ago. His posts were instant classics and most everyone, including me, made fun of them. Then he stopped posting amd TKP has been worse off ever since.

the get a pass thing isn't a joke worth having to push a member off the boards for.

That you can't distinguish between why I think your posting is entirely counterproductive and theirs isn't is the crux of all of this. They might not be posting high quality content, but they also don't stoop to your level of direct insults.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I'm a man! I'm 44! Hokie thru and thru.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I'm not a fan of the back and forth you and Alum seem to have these days. But as wrong as he is for being annoying with the same joke, your reaction is worse. Just either ignore it or call him out on it non-sarcastically.

That being said, you get a lot of downvotes that you do not deserve, this comment not included.

Its not just me. This guy gets into it with everyone who he interacts with. Seems like every time he's on, he's looking to pick a fight with anyone who responds to one of his comments in a way that can be viewed as disagreement.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

bullshit. total. Why did you snark my UVA injury post?? what about that was picking a fight at all? It was a basketball take with facts. why did you snark it?

False. He doesn't get into it with me, because I don't antagonize him. And believe me, I know what riles him up. That's why I stay away from discussions with him involving Kevin McCadam, Bon Jovi lyrics, and point differentials.

Oh, shit, did I type that out loud?

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Smart man, and love the McAdam reset- quality! Please avoid Tim McTyer too, thanks!!

Wait, what kind of beef do you have with Tim McKyer? He's a three-time Super Bowl Champion, after all, and was with the Falcons when we were at Tech. He's super-great!

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You don't remember that conversation in Rasche? lol

Oh, I do, bud. I do. =^)

But just to be sure you did, I was arguing that the Falcons had a pretty good secondary with Deion Sanders and Tim McKyer. That's what set you off. ;^)

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Good grief... Helpful suggestion for not just on TKP... grow some thicker skin and learn to laugh at yourself. This kind of pent up anger about a website cannot be healthy for you.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Yeah, a reply not even to you 100% on topic about basketball and you have to be a smart ass, but I need to grow thicker skin? right.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Which of yall MFers in the TKP pool still got all yall Final Four teams in??

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I have 3 but Arizona winning it all.

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I've got 3, but MSU winning it all...

I'm a man! I'm 44! Hokie thru and thru.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I'm picking MSU to miss the sweet 16 until they prove me wrong. I picked them to win it all the year MTSU beat them in the 15/2 game.

Edit: I meant make the sweet 16

Edit Edit: Don't try to proofread at the gym

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I'd be surprised if anyone did unless they called a Kentucky run. I'm sitting here with Villanova as my only remaining Final Four team

Chem PhD '16

I had zero faith in Kentucky. I guess they just chose the right time to get hot. Arizona boned me in that region opening night, so it is what it is. Then, MSU got me last night (never again!)

Still have Nova and Mich for my final game, though... so not all hope is lost.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

It was a very deep region and anyone 1-5 could have made some noise. But then they all lost, and not even to each other. Chaos

Chem PhD '16

I've only got my upset championship pick left and so far they've just been squeaking by their competition. I'll make almost no points from here on.

Does that mean Michigan

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Nah, texas tech. I'm either a genius or the more likely option a complete moron.

Wowee surprise pick indeed. Thought my Kentucky pick was going out on a limb.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Sigh.... Not even close. And with that I have no chance to make a single point from here on out.

Go Loyola!

Bumped this thread to spark discussion and came back two hours later like

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

WELP there went any semblance of a bracket I had when Kentucky lost. The left side of the bracket is as ugly as it gets, basically Villanova and Duke are holding together anyone's bracket who is left standing right now.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I love the fact that Virginia's bracket has effectively become a smoldering mess. Either a 9 seed or an 11 seed will make the Final Four. haha!

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Go Loyola! Go Gryffendor! Go old lady in a wheelchair!

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"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

this certainly was UVA's year for the taking- of course things could have broke differently, but clearly Kentucky is not "great" and Cincy- another grind it out team that could have held UVA in the 50's or even 40's got bounced early too. This was their "year", that is until getting dusted in the second half against UMBC (oops)!

Currently sitting pretty to win my company's pool. I have Nova, Michigan, and Duke in my final 4 with Nova beating Michigan in the title game.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

Nice picks! Even if Kansas wins today you should be looking good

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Finished 3rd in my company's pool out of 400ish brackets. Grayson Allen's missed buzzer beater cost me 1st place.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

What, you didn't have Loyola as the fourth? Weak.

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My deceased grandmother could defend better than Duke can yet somehow theyre still in this

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

'member when Grayson Allen had a Final Four spot in his grasps and his pull up jumper rimmed out at the buzzer, only to see his season end 5 minutes later?

I 'member

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Only filled out a bracket for the TKP group on espn, and since it isn't for money, I just want to post/brag about sitting in first place. Just need Villinova to beat Kansas and I think I hold onto the lead.

UPDATE:

gphokie RAN SHIT in this pool. Top 5,000 overall on ESPN, quite the accomplishment.

Overall, 4 of you assholes made the top 99 percentile. I was in the group tied for 8th and in the 96th percentile. Congrats to all for great or terrible picks this year. gphokie, if you're ever in Raleigh I will buy you many drinks.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I'm a proud asshole because that bracket won me $330 in another pool. Only good enough for fourth here. Hope gphokie won some money. That was a good bracket.

Honestly, I thought mine was wrecked after the first weekend when Loyola wrecked their region. My money pool came down to the tie breaker which was stressful enough. I wish I could memorialize this bracket because I'll never do this good again.

EDIT: just saw gphokie only entered it here.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

:( just here and no $$. Read about 3 or 4 articles online weds morning and filled in my bracket. Cannot believe I did that well, and just remembered reading that michigan and one of the texas schools were on a run. But I counted on Duke and UVA chokin'!

Didn't join the TKP bracket, wish i had. Had to settle for lifting 10 spots of my various aunts and cousins in the 'squanch family.

I got an ESPN update that I was one of 2.4% to pick the championship game and results right so i guess that is kinda cool. Had Villinova beating Michigan in the 'ship. Had Duke beating Kansas to the final four. Had never even heard of Chicago-Loyola.

Had the Hokies beating Alabama. Big mistake!

Very proud of the women's NIT tourney run too. Watched that game on Saturday, vs Indiana and a sell-out home crowd. Those girls and coach Brooks should be very proud!