The madness of march holds true: Bracket updates

Jake Davidson

Managing Editor

After the first weekend of March Madness, I was again reminded why this great tournament is labeled “Madness”. From the second game on Thursday, my bracket was busted as Morehead St. upset Louisville on a beautiful 3-point shot from the top of the key. Three minutes later I found myself watching another nail biter, as Temple beat Penn State following a wild last 17 seconds. From Thursday on, the upsets continued with great games each and every day. My personal highlight was watching Arizona beat a vastly underrated Texas team on a surreal 3-point play by Derrick Williams, silencing all of the Pac-10’s critics. As the action winded down Sunday night, all college basketball fans witnessed another stunner, with 10 seed Florida State hounding perennial favorite Notre Dame for 40 straight minutes, and advancing to the sweet 16.

Looking back at The Roar’s expert brackets from the first weekend, I think we performed fairly well as a whole against the average American’s picks. In the lead with a very impressive 47 points is Rabbi Hoffman, trailed by Roar members JJ Friedman ’12 and Blake Senet ’11, who are tied at 43 points apiece. I am one point behind with 42 points, with Mr. Lindsay and Mr. Bloom 2 points below with 40. Rounding out the bottom of our bracket group is Coach Whiting with 39 points, and News Editor Michael Kessler’12, who, if this bracket is an indication, should stick to news.

The scoring system:

First Round: 1 point

Second Round: 2 points

Sweet 16: 4 points

Elite 8: 8 points

Final 4: 16 points

Final: 32 points

The standings:

Hoffman: 47

Friedman: 43

Senet: 43

Davidson: 42

Lindsay: 40

Bloom: 40

Whiting: 39

Kessler: 38

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