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FlyingCow
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This thread is for Belle, cuz she asked. [Big Grin]

Just so you are all aware, we have a hatrack group over at yahoo.com for the Men's 2006 tournament. Here's the group Jeni set up:

http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/men
Group: Jatraqueros
Password: hatrack
Group ID: 58371

We've got a decent sized group of folks, about ten or so, but we're always looking for more.

If this is your first time, you picked a good year, because anyone's guess is pretty much as good as anyone elses at this point - the bracket's kind of crazy, in my humble opinion.

So, check out some sports sites, read some game previews, and make your selections! Only a day or so more before selections are locked and final!

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Carrie
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And just to let everyone know - I really suck at these, so you're guaranteed a non-last place finish [Big Grin]
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Also, I am planning on winning, so you're also more or less guaranteed a non-first place finish. (Note the use of "more or less" in case I need to adjust the meaning of this statement in a few weeks.) [Wink]

Seriously folks, join now - ESPECIALLY if you don't know anything about basketball. Since it is mostly guessing anyway, you have a good chance of doing well. If you lose then you can always say you know nothing about basketball. And if you win you can hold it over those of us who follow this stuff.

There's only one big rule:
#1 seeds are the most favored teams. #2 seeds are slightly less favored. #3 slightly less than them, and so on. #16 seeds are the least favored. Pick #1 seeds to win much more often than #16 seeds, unless you just want to see gigantic upsets. (No #16 has EVER beaten a #1 seed.)

Now you have no excuse not to join.

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El JT de Spang
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I'm an idiot. I'm not at all happy with my bracket, but I hate to second guess myself.
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Oh, and I think in every year of the tournament at least one #12 seed has beaten a #5 seed.

Otherwise, I think I like ESPN's mascot method (can't find a link). Basically, it breaks down like this, with the upper mascot always beating the lower.

Supernatural or underworld being
Human with gun
Human with non-gun weapon
Ferocious Animal
Human with no weapon
Nonferocious animal
Inanimate object
Plant

In ties, dog mascots beat cat mascots. Cat mascots beat bird mascots. The scarier dog will beat the less scary dog, and the same for cats and birds. Plants never win.

Hope that helps. [Smile]

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A Few Tips:

12 over 5 is always the best "upset" bet.There's one every year.
Except for one #4 seed, 1,2,3 (overwhelmingly 1s) have won.
The only time a 16 beat a 1 was in the women's tournament.
Only once has anything under a 4 seed gotten to the finals (or final 4?) and it was #8

Do these statistic ever stop me from betting that some podunk #16 will take it all? No, no they don't. Last year I had Old Dominion going all the way because I liked the name.

Our mascot is the Maroon. I have no idea how that figures into your system FlyingCow, but as our only Div 1 sport is quizbowl, I don't think it's much of a concern [Cool]

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Just for those that think you shouldn't bother if you don't know basketball - we held a bracket challenge at my workplace years back and the people who won were not those that spent hours reading online notes about each time and agonizing over each and every pick. It was two girls who never watched basketball and picked teams based on whether or not they had ever heard of them. Seriously, they would pick North Carolina over Hofstra because they'd never heard of Hofstra.

That's a pretty good strategy in the NCAA tournament, incidentally.

Thanks for the thread, Flying Cow. [Smile]

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El JT de Spang
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I'm regularly beaten in the tournament by my buddies' girlfriends, who pick based on which mascot is the cutest or on coinflips.

Thinking too much is a bad idea, which is why this year I went stream-of-consciousness.

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Kristen
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I'm such a girl about my picks, I admit. It's all about names, funny mascots, and hot basketball players. Oh, and I'm originally from CT so blind state pride (since we don't have any other sports team) usually dictates the rest.

But I did pick the Elite 8, Final Four, Finals, and winner at one point so who knows (and yes, that was the year that CT won).

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A woman I worked with consistently scored in the upper half of the people participating... by letter her dog choose. She would repeatedly put two bowls of identical food on the floor, with a name taped to each. Whatever bowl the dog picked, that would be the winner.
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Tresopax
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ONLY 3 HOURS TO GO TILL GAME TIME! Join now!

By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the big winner will be...

...

...

Boston College! [Big Grin]

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Okay, I'm signed up. I'm sure I will suck the most!
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As long as you didn't pick a plant mascot to win, you should be fine....
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Tresopax
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Less than an hour before tip off! Last chance to join....

[Party]

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Vamp96
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Can I ask a really stupid question? In terms of this tournament, what does seed mean? Why do they use the word seed in basketball? It seems weird to me. I get that it seems to be some sort of rating.
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Seeds are rough rankings within each division. The No. 1 seed is the top ranked team in their division, while No. 16 seed should be thankful they made it at all.

The advantage is that in the first round, all the No. 1 seeded teams play the No. 16 seeded teams, meaning it should be as easy a game as possible, and the highest chance to advance to the next round.

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Okay, that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.
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FlyingCow
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Well, I don't know if the mascot rule will hold true. Wichita State's mascot (wheat) is whuppin' on Seton Hall's mascot (a pirate).

::shakes fist at plants everywhere::

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Hey, you guys hear they are evacuting one of the arenas in California due to a bomb scare? Alabama and Marquette are set to tip off in less than an hour and they can't even get into the arena.

Of course, they need to check everything out, but it's going to be really funny if someone just left a backpack behind in a locker room.

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quote:
Wichita State's mascot (wheat) is whuppin' on Seton Hall's mascot (a pirate).
A bunch of wheat being pirates? What a shocker! [Smile]
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[Smile] Go WSU (Wichita State). What a great game!

FG

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Hooray UWM! Oklahoma sucks!
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Hooray for UWM and Go Pacific!

March is quickly becoming my favorite time of year.

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Pacific is seriously screwing up my bracket! [Mad]
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Me, too! Although I did pick UW-M (not that that was a tough one to predict).
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Like I said, Go Pacific! [Wink]
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quote:
By the way, in case anyone was wondering, the big winner will be...

...

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Boston College!

*fidgets*
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And brackets everywhere breathe a sigh of relief. BC by 12 in double OT. Whew.
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Yeah, they were supposed to roll those guys. Punks.
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Okay, so my overall winner was one free throw away from losing three hours into the tournament... no problem! That's why you shoot those every practice, right? [Wink]

Go B.C.!

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Frisco, two of your upset picks have already went well for you. How in the world????
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If Marquette goes down, I might as well burn my bracket.
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South Alabama is losing [Frown] . I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
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No, you shouldn't.
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*hehe*
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There goes my bracket. Damn you Jean Felix!

Guy averages 8 points a game. He hits 8-10 from beyond the arc and ends with 31. Damn. Damn damn. Damn damn damn!

Ah well. Now UCLA gets to smack Alabama around on Saturday instead of having an actual game against Marquette.

::grumble grumble::

[Wall Bash] [Wall Bash] [Wall Bash]

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See? I told everyone I was going to suck at this [Smile]

The thing of it is that when I watch the games, I don't even consider my bracket. And as it turns out, I actively cheer against my bracket. Come on - who else really wanted Winthrop to beat Tennessee? And who wasn't cheering for Montana?

I love March basketball.

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My philosophy teacher cancelled our Ancient class tomorrow because our school's team is playing tomorrow at 12:25 et.

Its the first time they've made the tournament since 2001. (Northwestern State University of Louisiana.)

I might watch just as thanks for having a day off from Aristotle.

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Carrie
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That's awesome. I remember skipping class in high school to go to the library, where, of all places, there was a big-screen TV. The library would pretty much shut down while we were in there - and by "we," I mean "whoever was able to con a teacher into letting that person out." [Big Grin]

Good times...

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My brother is very angry at Northwestern State for beating his school (Sam Houston State) in the conference championship and keeping them out of the tourney.

That being said, UConn will win the tournament.

--ApostleRadio

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oh cool. Northwestern State is like an hour from where I grew up.
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quote:
And who wasn't cheering for Montana?
Yeah, I do that, too. For me, it's not a gigantic conflict. I have no problem rooting for a team, particularly the underdog, even though I chose differently on the bracket. Seriously, a few games won't make a difference.

In short, I usually pick to be correct, but I cheer for whoever I want. [Smile]

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I've lost three games so far, but none of them are a bracket killer - all teams that I hadn't chosen to win more than one game.
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I totally picked Montana to whup on Nevada.

Though I must admit I was rooting for Winthrop, but I had Tenn going out in the second round anyway.

The Marquette loss, though... it's my conference, and one of my final four picks. Bracket = shambles.

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Yeah, I picked Marquette, but then I had them losing to UCLA.
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__|__

That's for you Marquette.

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Yeah, I'm going to have to second the

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Now, if Syracuse doesn't get their fracking act together...
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Man. Big East letting me down big time.

Then again, Cuse was playing without McNamara, for all intents and purposes.

But still.

Marquette should have won, if it weren't for Felix. Cuse should have won, except for a groin injury. Seton Hall? Well, yeah, I had no hopes for them in the tourney.

Here's holding out hope for G'town and WVU runs, and UConn and Nova pushes to the Final Four.

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I'm glad Gonzaga managed to pull out the win. Darn them for scaring me.

I did pick Texas A&M over Syracuse, for a couple reasons. First, I'll pick the Big 12 when in doubt. Second, ah, never cared much for orange. [Wink]

I'm not even going to discuss the Minneapolis bracket, though. [Smile]

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