If you ordered off the menu, you’re probably still feeling hungry — or even sick. Getting too clever with your NCAA Tournament picks was a recipe for disaster this year, as the No. 1 seed Kentucky Wildcats are favored by 6.5 points over the No. 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks.
That’s not to say those who chose Louisville or Ohio State to win it all made bad selections; the Cardinals put up a good fight against the Wildcats, and the Buckeyes had the lead for most of their National Semifinal game against the Jayhawks. But most people who entered the BASG March Madness contest figured Kentucky was the most talented team in the country — 34 of the 72 of you who completely filled out your brackets picked the Wildcats as your eventual National Champions.
Fear the brow.
If Anthony Davis and Kentucky emerge victorious, here are the three who finish on top and collect those valuable prizes…
1. Stephenson’s Rockets (164 points)
2. Stuart Loves Long Beach State (153 points)
3. Spoon Boom (148 points)
I had a feeling that Kentucky would be the choice of most, and since my overall knowledge of college basketball isn’t the strongest I went with Kansas over Kentucky in the final game. (I’ll be honest: I heard Jim Rome interview Thomas Robinson while driving to a Spring Training game in Scottsdale one morning, and that swayed me to pick the Jayhawks that night).
It almost worked. However, I knew going into Saturday that, regardless of who they faced in the title game, if the Jayhawks won the ultimate prize I’d finish in second place. Or, as those No Fear t-shirts used to say, if Kansas wins on Monday I’ll be “the first loser.”
In other news, No Fear filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a little over a year ago.
It would be kind of douchey (for lack of a better word) to take one of the prizes in a contest I put together for you, the readers. So I’ll show the top four finishers if Kansas wins, meaning the person in third place would get the second place prize, and so on.
1. The Stats Guy
4. Stephenson’s Rockets
Congrats to Stephenson’s Rockets — whoever you are, you’re guaranteed a prize no matter who wins on Monday.
Will John Calipari finally win his first National Title? The last time he made it this far was 2008. He was coaching Memphis, and the Tigers lost the title game to Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks. Memphis also had to vacate every win during that season because Derrick Rose let someone else take the SAT for him. Luckily for the fans in this bracket, I will not force anyone to vacate their prize if either team is found ineligible years later.
Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest, as I leave you with one final thought.
Rock Chalk, Jayhawk.
Calipari-who left two programs because of cheating? It sickens to see him lauded like a swell guy. And no mention of his past at all. And thats why the NCAA stays corrupted. When you cant even say the champ coachs background,its a dirty sport.
That would be me... the Englishman who hasn't seen a full game of NCAA basketball all season. Just shows that brackets are a bit of a lottery. A tip of the cap to you for passing on your own prize!
Stan, couldn't agree more about Calipari and the NCAA. You don't have to be sleazy to be a coach in the NCAA but if your a coach at a D1 school, chances are your sleazy.