First, a word about the men's tournament. I have never seen worse brackets winning a contest. This is not a knock on the participants (indeed, about half beat the snot out of me), but a recognition that college basketball is now more competitive than ever top to bottom. This year is not an aberration, but a demonstration of the great numbers of athletes around the country. Look forward to some great hoops in coming years!
Mens: Very, very simple. Only J. Crawford and Pris can even score points anymore. Here's the scoop:
IF UCLA and Florida win and Florida wins the title - J. Crawford takes the prize.
IF LSU and Florida win and Florida wins the title - Pris and J. Crawford tie for the win.
IF Florida does not win the title and LSU wins in the semifinal - Pris wins.
IF Florida does not win the title and LSU loses to UCLA - Matt Evans wins.
Easiest math I ever did. I'll do a complete bracket breakdown after both tournaments are over for EVERY entrant!
Womens: A more competitive tournament than some, but still an ACC tournament semifinal with LSU in the mix. Three #1s and a #2. Pretty predictable, but many of us slipped.
Watt Mahoun has friends in low places.
D-Train is eliminated by virtue of only being able to score if Mike scores exactly as much (UNC winning).
Here's the easy part: Chad has a 110 point lead on Mike. Mike can only score from UNC wins. Chad can only score from Duke wins. Semifinal games are worth 120. Mike picked a good margin to lose by in the early rounds.
If Duke goes farther than UNC, then Chad wins. If UNC goes farther, Mike wins. Easy money. Not that my third place bracket means much, but my money is on Carolina. They're the only team in the women's tournament that has consistently established itself (LSU has had first half struggles, Maryland has looked occasionally inconsistent, especially defending, and Duke was absolutely shackled by UConn and should have lost). My money is on Ivory Latta to grin her way to a national title for Carolina blue, 82-72 over the Tigers from Baton Rouge.
Men's pick: who the heck knows? UCLA, 'cause nobody seems to buy in. That would have worked so far.......