The Elite 8 is officially set, and I must say that the contestants of the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity, myself included, had a rough outing during this March Madness.
Out of our seven entrants, only one person correctly picked more than one of the actual Elite 8 teams. That's a shockingly poor display, and it's due to the fact that this NCAA tournament has been perhaps the craziest one of all time. I don't know if there's ever been another year when only one 1-seed made it to the Elite 8, and I know there's never been another year when a 15-seed did.
Kansas and Duke were the only teams that anyone correctly picked in their Elite 8, and Kansas is the only one remaining that anyone had in their Final 4. It's down to only two people who have a shot at winning it all now. Ultimately, the champion of the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity will be decided by whether or not Kansas makes it to the National Championship game. If they do, Andrew's Bracket will win the grand prize. If they don't, Trizzy will be crowned champion (no pun intended).
Here's the updated leaderboard going into the first day of the Elite 8. I won't be writing an update tomorrow as neither of tonight's games have an impact on our bracket challenge at this point.
Arizona's players of Caucasian descent set the white man back 50 years into the past in terms of basketball. I am writing this immediately after watching the collapse of both the Wildcats' tournament hopes and my chances of winning the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity.
I would like to direct my wrath at none other than #10 for Arizona (who I won't even dignify by writing his name). The NCAA needs to launch an investigation on this man because the only way to explain the sheer ineptitude of his performance is that he was being paid to throw the game. I've never seen a more pathetic looking individual attempt to play the game of basketball. James Naismith would have never invented the sport if he knew this guy was going to try his hand at it 120 years later.
#10's final stat line tonight: 2 points on 0/8 shooting and 4 turnovers. His first turnover came just minutes after tipoff, when he tossed the ball straight out of bounds on a wide open fast break (I'm not exaggerating). Two of his other turnovers were passes thrown directly out of bounds, far away from any nearby teammate to which he was trying to pass. He had a moment that had me genuinely laughing out loud when the ball bounced off of him and up toward the rim on an offensive rebound, and he started spinning around to attempt to locate wherever on earth the ball had gone. I would assume he's not familiar with the sensation of the ball approaching the net after it was last contacted by him. I won't even discuss the fact that he also had a LANE VIOLATION to take away one of his teammates' free throws late in the second half.
After a very eventful Sunday to close out the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Sweet Sixteen is officially set. The result with the biggest impact to the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity was Auburn's shocking loss to Miami, as several people had Auburn in their Final Four. The defeats of Illinois and Wisconsin played a less significant, but still noticeable role in removing potential points possible remaining as we enter the more heavily weighted rounds.
Here is how the leaderboard looks heading into the Sweet Sixteen matchups this weekend. We have another three-way tie for first at the moment, but as usual in these bracket challenges, it will likely come down to who correctly predicts the champion in the end.
Well, the first day of round two of the NCAA tournament busted several of our entrants' brackets, as well as broke our entrants' hearts.
Tennessee put on their worst performance in nearly three months to choke away the biggest game of their season against Michigan. I firmly believe that Tennessee will never win any important close game or achieve a national championship in any major sport for as long as I live. The school is cursed with mediocrity, building up the hopes of their fans over the course of the season just to underperform and shatter those hopes every single year. I publicly renounced my Tennessee fandom last year after experiencing a quarter-century of consistent misery from them (except for the glimmering stretch when Bruce Pearl was there), so I fully expected their ice cold shooting performance and collapse down the stretch last night. But as a fan of good basketball in general, I was utterly disgusted.
I would literally bet my life that the seven entrants to the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity would have shot better than 2/18 from three last night. I would agree to let an executioner guillotine me at mid-court following the game if we couldn't shoot better than 11% from three. Tennessee's guards should be ashamed of their pathetic shooting display, and that's coming from a neutral, unbiased lover of basketball.
But anyway, let's take a look at our leaderboard after half of the 2nd round games have been played. It's worth noting that three people had Tennessee winning it all in their bracket, and five people had them in the final four, so that loss had some significant implications on who will become the Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity champion.
Round 1 of the NCAA tournament has concluded, and there are no perfect brackets remaining among the 17 million brackets submitted on ESPN or the 7 brackets submitted on Bucket Squad Sports Reports.
Friday was a rather boring day for March Madness standards, as the only real upsets came from two 11-seeds, Notre Dame and Iowa State, toppling their SEC opponents in Alabama and LSU, respectively. Only four or five games really came down to the wire, as the higher seeded teams were able to roll through their first round foes with relative ease.
As we get ready for round 2 of the tourney to begin at 12:10pm today, let's update our Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity leaderboard.
The Bucket Squad Sports Reports (Your #1 Source for All Things Sports) Mega March Madness Matchup Monstrosity is officially underway. We only had seven people enter our tournament, which is shocking given the amazing credibility of Bucket Squad Sports Reports combined with the promotional partnering with Swatify Industries and the massive grand prize to be paid to the winner. But nonetheless, everyone still has a great chance to win after day one of the NCAA tournament.
Thursday saw a few major upsets, most noticeably the shocking choke job by 2-seed Kentucky against the 15-seed Saint Peter's Peacocks. Kentucky was a popular final four pick for our applicants, and was the champion picked in one bracket. The only other game from Thursday that significantly impacted our bracket challenge was 5-seed Iowa's loss to 12-seed Richmond, as two users had Iowa in their final four.
Aside from those two games, the only other rather unexpected results were 11-seed Michigan's win over 6-seed Colorado State and another 12-5 upset featuring New Mexico State over Connecticut. Gonzaga (1), Baylor (1), Kansas (1), Tennessee (3), Saint Mary's (5), and North Carolina (8) coasted to massive victories, Providence (4) and Memphis (9) took care of business, Creighton (9) and Murray State (7) pulled off overtime wins, and UCLA (4) and Arkansas (4) survived upset scares late last night.
You can check out the BSSR Bracket Challenge field and the standings after day 1 of the NCAA Tournament below.
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