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My 2017 NCAA Bracket

Well, hell – here’s my picks for the NCAA March Madness this year. 1 2

Who knows – perhaps I’ll do as well as back in 2015 when I was in the top 1%. Or, more than likely, I’ll end up like last year, a total meh.

LAST update at 9:44 AM CDT, 16 March 2017. Whew….

My 2017 NCAA Bracket

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  1. Well, except I JUST NOW changed it to Kentucky beating UNC, and then winning the whole thing; will capture that and upload new PNG (DONE!). And there are still (roughly) 5 hours left to screw with it some more. Le sigh
  2. From KCUR, of all places, comes news of a KU professor’s new statistical model to predict the winner. Unsurprisingly, he has Villanova repeating. A good choice, normally, but it’s Kentucky’s year. A KU prof should know that; perhaps if he weren’t so busy asking people if they wanted fries with that in his part time job, he would have developed a better model, n’est-ce pas?

Not So Much

On the one hand…congrats to ‘Nova!

On the other hand…not so much with the winning this year.

My South and West brackets were ‘so-so’ to ‘good’, especially opting to ride ‘Nova to the final game. 1 However my East and Midwest brackets pooled blood like a Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre : nothing could save them. 2

Final stats –

  • PCT – 81%
  • Rank – 2,501,911
  • PTS – 850

Well, there’s always next year.

Nick's 2016 MM Picks

Not So Much

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  1. Though in hindsight, picking two No 2 seeds to tango in the Final was wildly optimistic.
  2. That’s the last time I pick Massive State University to do anything but carry water.

One Percent

Who knew?

I mean, Duke was a lock to win, right? Everyone knew that.

But Wisconsin was the wild card – they had to come through against Kentucky, not an easy task.

All of which is by way of saying my bracket picks landed me in the top One Percent, biatches!! At 1 in 120,000, I’m a shoe-in for the Death Buy Best Buy gift card and Maui trip.

Talk some smack now, boys!

One Percent

Après l’abattage

Well, if nothing else, if all I take away from this bout of March Madness is bone bruises, shame and utter humiliation, I will have at least learned, once and for all – never never never select a Big 12 team.

They always play down to expectations. 1

Après l'abattage

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  1. That’s right: I am beside myself in anticipation of Kansas & Oklahoma’s play today. Hoo boy!

My 2015 NCAA Bracket

As a CU alumni, I know college football – both of national championship excellence and stink-the-place-up-like-Dan-Hawkins-coaching-at-Kansas 1 ‘quality’.

It is also a given that as a CU alumni I’ve only had stink-the-place-up-like-Colorado experience with collegiate basketball. 2

However that doesn’t matter a whit during March Madness.

Anyone and their dog can fill out a NCAA tournament bracket, confident in the knowledge that they, too, will never ever choose flawlessly. That in fact by the end of Round 2 their bracket will look like a gut-shot cowboy stranded in a parched desert, surrounded by slavering buzzards.

So despite the Buffet’s stinginess, despite my utter lack of first-hand expertise on the subject, and most assuredly despite the catcalls and other trolling this post may provoke, herewith follow my 2015 NCAA Bracket picks.

Go ahead: laugh it up, fuzzballs.

2015 NCAA Bracket

My 2015 NCAA Bracket

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  1. What a nightmare that would be.
  2. CU’s run of the PAC-Something with its attendant Big Dance invite several years ago notwithstanding; that was, what – a once in a lifetime event?