Hello all! It's that time of year again! March Madness! The Selection Show just ended, and you can find brackets here or here. All you have to do is fill out who you think will win each game and send it to us. You can do this any number of ways, but just make sure that we receive it by Thursday, or if you are mailing it via the US Postal Service, that it's postmarked by Thursday. Last year's winner was Coach Alex Heacock, and his prize for winning was a most excellent tribute blog post. Same as last year, the winner and last-place finisher will receive a prize. It only takes 5 minutes to fill out a bracket, and it will make your tournament watching experience a lot more fun, so get them into us soon! Also, somewhere on your bracket, be sure to write how many total points you think will be scored in the championship game. This will serve as a tiebreaker should two participants wind up with the same number of points. This may not seem that important, but the tiebreaker is actually what determined our winner last year. Best of luck to everyone!
To help in your picks, I'll provide a few bits of information that I deem important:
1) The University of Vermont's nickname is the Catamounts. I looked up Catamount and it means: a wild animal of the cat family, esp. the cougar or the lynx. So keep that one in mind. The mascot for UCSB is the Gauchos. Which is fun to say, and it's a type of pants. Murray State is the Racers. North Texas is the Mean Green.
2) The coach of Marquette, Buzz Williams, likes to walk it out.
3) The best named players in this year's tournament are:
Arinze Onuaku - Syracuse
Scoop Jardine - Syracuse
Jimmer Fredette - BYU
Mantoris Robinson - Winthrop
Bol Kong - Gonzaga
Bak Bak - California
Nimrod Tishman - Florida
Justin'love Smith - Siena
Picasso Simmons - Murray State
Bubba Day - Purdue
We want everybody to participate in the pool! Family, friends, friends of friends, or anybody else. You don't need any expertise or experience doing this before to have fun.
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