We have 42 entries this year. Lost seven players from last year.
Several of them said they will get back in next year.
Two pacesetters (Jan 15 and Feb 12) first place only - $30 each
At March bracket announcement:
Weighted points three places -- $90, 60 and 30
Number of teams in Sweet Sixteen first only - $40
When tourney over:
Number of teams in Sweet Sixteen three places -- $120, 80, and 50
Weighted points Original Dec picks ten places $2220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.70.70
Three division winners - $40 each
Unweighted points three places 120. 80. 50
Most teams in Final Four first place only - $100
Most confidence in Eventual Champion first place only - $100
Regroup Weighted points four places 120. 100. 80. 60
Sleepers three places 140. 100. 70
Note: if someone totally nails it, they can win over $1000 across all of these payouts.
The consensus Sweet Sixteen, based on these 42 entries, is as follows:
Number in () is how many times picked as champion yep, 3 teams got all but one first place vote Villanova (16), Michigan St (13) Duke (12), Kentucky (1)
Arizona St, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Xavier these four teams got the rest of the runner up votes
Texas A&M, Kansas, Wichita St, West Virginia
Purdue, Arizona, Virginia, Miami
The only other two teams getting any significant selection (>10 times) were TCU and Cincinnati.
The consensus top eight sleepers, in order, are Oklahoma, Florida St, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Texas, Maryland, and Oregon/Alabama (tie).
The matrix of Teams by Players, with the numeric pick in each cell, is the gospel for scoring. Double check your picks.
The three weighted points divisions are:
Division 1: Villanova as champion
Division 2: Michigan State as champion
Division 3: Duke as champion along with the one Kentucky entry (after all, Duke contains uk).
Note: one of the three division winners above will also be the big weighted points winner of $260. The other three division winners will probably be toast and the $40 is a pity payout.