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#1 David Hatfield

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 12:03 AM

Welcome to the 2019 NCAA basketball bracket challenge!!  We will again be using ESPN.

Directions to join the group:
 

  • Go to this link: http://fantasy.espn....racket/2019/en/
  • Click on [Log In] (in the upper right-hand corner) to create an account, if you haven't already, and to login.  (After signing up, a popup asks you to enter your preferred ESPN name.  Since this is global, you may need to get creative to find a unique name.)  Then..
  • Click on [Create a Bracket Now!] to make your picks: http://fantasy.espn....t/2019/en/entry.  (You need to make your picks before you can join our group.)  Next..
  • Click on [Create or Join a Group] to join our group: http://fantasy.espn....19/en/groupfind.  In the SEARCH GROUPS field enter "Team Red Lizard" and click [Search Groups] button.  Click on the Team Red Lizard group name, and then click on [Join Group] (a little below the Team Red Lizard logo) or [Rejoin], if you participated last year.  Use the Group Password: running.
  • To edit your name as it appears in our group (i.e. the name of your bracket), use the My Bracket drop down menu to select you bracket.  Then click on the gear icon.

 

Your picks need to be made before tip-off Thursday morning, March 21st.  The scoring is similar to previous years.

 

Any questions, problems...?

 
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Edited by David Hatfield, 17 March 2019 - 08:49 PM.

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#2 David Hatfield

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Posted 17 March 2019 - 09:01 PM

Okay, our group is open and ready for business.  Let me know if you have any problems creating a bracket or joining our group.  (If you're looking for advice on picks.., go with Gonzaga vs. Virginia in the final.  This year they're not going to choke.  Really!)

 

Villanova is seeded lower than Marquette!  Are you kidding me?  (Sorry, no offense, SusanB).  Villanova has a better record, won the conference title in the regular season and in the conference tournament, presumably will be ranked higher in tomorrow's polls, and is the reigning NCAA champion (not that that should matter in this year's seedings).  Gots to love this system.  As usually, I better at least beat the "dummy" bracket.


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Posted 20 March 2019 - 08:28 AM

I'm in!


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#4 David Hatfield

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 04:29 PM

Excellent.., but Andi, I don't see you in the TRL group.

 

So far we have: brewdad, dudeman, hansen, and hatfield.


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#5 Rick Lovett

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:50 AM

Im in.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 07:45 AM

Whoa, thank you for pointing that out! You have to click Join Group twice, apparently. 


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2009 mileage: 2875
2008 mileage: 2436.5
2007 mileage: 2254.5
2010 prs/races: 1/7
2009 prs/races: 15/18
2008 prs/races: 12/17
2007 prs/races: 9/11

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 06:50 PM

Hey, I'm winning!! I'm winning!!!!

 

(I'm certain it won't last long, so I have to hurry up and gloat!)


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2009 mileage: 2875
2008 mileage: 2436.5
2007 mileage: 2254.5
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2009 prs/races: 15/18
2008 prs/races: 12/17
2007 prs/races: 9/11

#8 Rick Lovett

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 08:02 PM

This is a first for me: the first time I didn't sufficiently believe in the Big Ten, the conference in which I went to undergrad, got my Ph.D., and taught.

I.e., I'd be tied for first if I'd gone with my heart. Not that I'm complaining. I was cheering for the ones I'd predicted against, all the way along.

P.S., I am happy to have predicted Liberty to win on an upset. My theory had nothing to do with hoops, per se. I just figured that they might have something to prove to those of us who don't like their politics. I wasn't sure it was enough to make up for the difference in seed, but I risked it.

But I'm so happy at seeing two Big Ten teams I predicted to lose actually win, that I don't care if they cost me 20 points!

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 05:04 AM

Yes, and the one Big Ten loss was at the hands of the Ducks, who are on a tear.

 

Congratulations, team!  After one round, and more than half of the total tournament games, not one of us is loosing to "dummy", the NCAA selection committee.

 

Results so far seem madder than most years, and upset-happy andicamp leads the way.  (Impressively, nine people in the whole ESPN pool are still perfect.)

 

And as far as odds of winning (assuming random results going forward), it's looking grim for our reigning champion, brewdad, who lost three of his Sweet 16 picks, and trails the pack:

 

andicamp 35%

behansen 15%

scroogemcduck 13%

dudeman 13%

hatfield 10%

ralovett 9%

carreh 7%

brewdad 5%


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Posted 24 March 2019 - 09:03 PM

Two rounds in the books and we're all still alive.  However, brewdad heads into the Sweet Sixteen with a must-win for Tennessee over Purdue.  Hatfield is currently in the lead, but andicamp still leads the odds race:

 

andicamp 33%

hatfield 29%

dudeman 16%

behansen 16%

scroogemcduck 9%

ralovett 8%

carreh 5%

brewdad 1%

 

Curiously carreh, who is second in the current standings, has low odds of winning.  But that's because she and hatfield share almost identical picks going forward, except for in the potential Duke vs. Gonzaga rematch.


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