NCAA March Madness 2018

VILLANOVA 2018 NCAA CHAMPIONS.

MICHIGAN    62          VILLANOVA  79

 Notre Dame 61-58 over Mississippi State with a buzzer beating 3 pointer.

17 years after Notre Dames last National Championship…  NOTRE DAME 2018 NCAA Women’s CHAMIONSHIP !!!

This gives the state of Indiana bragging rights.  Having teams win both NCAA and NIT Women Championships.

IF Michigan can pull off the Win tomorrow night the Big Ten will have both NCAA Mens and Mens NIT Championship.  And a combined Men and women 3 National Champions in one year.  WE CAN ONLY WAIT AND SEE.  (I have no idea when OR if that has ever happened.

Indiana Hoosier Women WIN WNIT 65-57  over  Virginia Tech Hokies

Big 1o looking strong.  with two NIT Championships under their belt this year.    WILL Michigan be able to add the NCAA Championship to this list?

Penn St Nittany Lions defeats Utah Utes 82-67.  

WE ALL WAITED FOR IT .  AFTER ALL THESE YEARS A NUMBER 16 SEED UPSET A NUMBER 1.  NOT JUST ANY NUMBER 1.  THE OVERALL NUMBER  1 SEED.  AND BY 20 POINTS.  UMBC  UPSET VIRGINIA. 

HOW ABOUT A BIG HAND FOR UMBC. 

Can they go on and be a true “CINDERELLA” Team.  If they continue to play like they did today.  A real possibility.

Alas the dream came to an end.  However, it may signal a new era of  parity in this Modern Era of  college basketball.  Seems we were treated, in the past few years with more 15 Seeds upsetting 2 seeds.  Now a 16 upsetting a 1 seed.  

We will just have to wait and see, what the future brings.

I can’t help wondering if anyone has a perfect bracket.  With only 2 number 1 seeds left; and 2 number 2 seeds left.  On the SOUTH bracket, we see highest seeds of  5 (Kentucky), and 7th seeded Nevada.  Remaining.

The WEST  has a number 3 seed, (Michigan), and a number 4 seed (Gonzaga), yet on a possible quest to the FINAL FOUR.  

The Right side, EAST, and MIDWEST, (for the most part), has pretty much remained intact, both with number 1 and number 2 seeds still in play.

WELCOME TO OUR 2018 MARCH MADNESS.  I am not sure How many years we have been doing this.  I will have to look it up.

(Pre-Blog days  Has been online since 1992)

Warren Buffett has once again offered $1 million dollars for life to any of his employees who gets the final 16 correct.(there’s a 1 in 1.24X1064 chance of accurately predicting all 16 teams. )

Not everyone will go home empty-handed, though. Whichever employee’s bracket makes it the furthest in the tournament will win $100,000. 

I wonder if anyone still has a chance to win it; NOW.

This is where you can print your “OFFICE POOL” Bracket, Check the scores, etc.

I will have A “MASTER BRACKET”,  “WHAT IF YOU CHOSE THE HIGH PICKS”  for each game.  An “UPSET BRACKET”  (if the favored team wins it will be in Green, if it is an upset it will be listed in RED”.  And, Yes I will have “MY PICKS” so you can compare your picks to mine. (And Laugh or Cry) 

What is a seed?  Merely a starting place.  Although unlikely, IT is possible for two 16 seeds to meet in the final game.  Would lets say Michigan St  were to be seeded as a number 16.  They would still have  to win all games to be CHAMPION !  

 SEEDING attempts to give a more favored team an easier path to the CHAMPIONSHIP.  Seeding should lead to  the best 2 teams playing in the final game.  However there  is always that upset minded team;  or  the chance that the favored team has a bad game, a stand out player is sick or injured.

Selection Sunday will be Sunday March 11, 2018.  At 6pm.  You can watch the Selections Live on TBS.  Something different this year.  ALL 68 teams will be announced at the beginning.  Teams will know if they are in or out before the seeding announcements.

The First Four, (play in games), will be played March 13 and 14. On TRU tv.  All games will be played in Dayton Ohio.  Two games March 13. Two games March 14.   Time is to be determined later.

To  print BRACKET:  HOVER OVER SHEET.  You will see a window at bottom with an arrow pointing down (second from right).  Click this button.  It will open a new window with the bracket then click the printer icon or go to file,  and PRINT.  Will only print in black and White.

TO Enlarge each sheet: Hover over and select the square on the far bottom RIGHT.

I think my sentimental favorite, right now has to First Time Ever entry the “BISONS” of LIPSCOMB !

I must say I am very disappointed, by the Selection Committee’s decision.  Placing Conference Champions in a play in position, while seeding others (with questionable credentials), in the set field.

All Times Atlantic Standard Time (or for the uneducated EDT)

MASTER BRACKET

2018 MM Brackett Master

ALL HIGH PICKS

2018 MM Brackett HIGH

 

UPSETS

2018 MM Brackett UPSETS

MY PICKS

2018 MM Brackett MY PICKS

 

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