Alrighty then folks, you've got questions and I've got answers.
1st - E Nielson (390). Actually, Nielson has answers on a day where he went 7-1. Unbelievable. He is guaranteed to lose twice tomorrow, as two of his Sunday picks are already out. Then again, lots of people are in that spot, as Iowa and Kansas have returned to the fruited plain. It should be said that Nielson may have peaked, as he's still out two Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight for tomorrow. Nevertheless, winners are winners until they're losers, and Nielson is a winner on this bandwagon.
2nd - Pris (370). Pris is a mover and a shaker, and it's not just the ladies that know it now. He missed out only on the Illini today, leaving the Big Ten in even worse shape with the Indiana loss. Oh well. A Badger is just a smarter Buckeye, but these Buckeyes can ball. Pris may yet regret his inclusion of KU in the Final Four, but he's sitting pretty for today.
3rd (tied) - K. Kage only lost Illinois today, but she did have a number of failures in the earlier rounds of the tourney that cost her a chance to earn points today. She's in decent shape for the stretch run, but she'll need to win all six of her chances tomorrow to make a move up the board.
3rd (tied) - W. Atkinson (340). Atkinson is in decent shape now, but he's lost two Final Four squads, making the stretch run nearly impossible. Atkinson is no doubt regretting the pick of GW over Duke, which has made it nearly impossible for him to get any points at all out of the Atlanta region, given his pick of Iowa to win the region. Third place now, but I'm betting Atkinson is done real soon.
10th - D-Train (320). D-Train continues to suck it up, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. He's got a clean shot at the Elite Eight still, but he'll need a good day tomorrow to take advantage. I doubt anything good can come out of this bracket. Underachieving and hoops meet their logical climax in Norman, Oklahoma (for men, anyway).
Third worst - Katie McKay (270). Another rough day sends Katie into the relegation zone. She can reel off seven wins tomorrow, but I'm guessing she's luckier in love than basketball. Might it be too early to suggest a drinking problem? Probably, as a good day tomorrow could have her in the mix. She could always drink seventy of Brett's non-alcoholic beers in order to get a mild buzz (which is more than Bill Self got against Bradley).
Second worst - Chad Too (240). Chad has lost too much. He's already out seven Sweet Sixteen entrants and two Elite Eight ponies. I'm not sure that he can possibly climb into this, as his Duke, Memphis, UNC, and Villanova Final Four might be too conventional to make it happen for Chad, but a perfect Final Four could always fix a lot of problems.
Worst - J. Nelson-Seawright at 220. He's still got six alive for tomorrow, so he could feasibly get out of the cellar. He's got the same Final Four as Chad, so maybe they could leave Katie all by her lonesome down here. My guess is that a too-good UConn will roll UNC in the Elite Eight, mathematically eliminating our brethren from down under. But what do I know? I'm a tenth place Mormon that can't blog my way out of a PEC meeting (or into one, with my caffeine consumption).
Now, on to the women's story. Everyone gets play here for supporting the fine game of women's basketball.
1st (150) - Mike Anderson. The debate over who has the biggest ass is settled: Mike's had to be gigantic to find all of these picks in there. He only missed the NM/Florida matchup, correctly picking the Golden Hurricane over the NC State ladies to boot. To my knowledge, the last women's basketball game Mike attended was the one right before my baptism. I think he went to the game to make sure that I went to the baptism. Nevertheless, he had to be doing something at work, so I can only guess that he's been spending more time at Rebkell's
than me. Good work, tubby!
2nd (140) - D-Train. Good picks, but he did miss the Tulsa upset and incorrectly picked Louisiana Tech over Florida State. He was absolutely certain that New Mexico would down an inconsistent Florida team close to home, but did not remember the blue and gold portion of his heart. It must have been locked somewhere in his hollow tin chest.
3rd (tied) - Watt Mahoun (130). For the worst bracket so far, Watt was impressive, missing out only on Louisville, Florida, and LaTech. Never underestimate homecourt advantage in the women's tourney, as Vandy rode a home crowd over a decent Louisville side. Watt's lack of faith in Baylor (well, ok, Sophia Young) cost him, as he had Florida in the Sweet Sixteen. Good day, though, for the strapping young man from Seattle.
3rd (tied) - Chad Too (130). Chad missed Florida, Louisville, and Minnesota. Chad didn't benefit from Minnesota's late slide, but did score big on Tulsa. This bracket contest is wide open and Chad certainly does not deserve to be near the floor in both contests.