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Predicting the NCAA Final Four

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  • Center Left
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    Never an exact science predicting the Final Four for the NCAA tournament, but I try it every year all the same. Would enjoy hearing everyone's final four predictions on the site (those of you that are college basketball fans of course). Here are mine:

    #2 Kansas vs #2 Villanova
    #2 Wisconsin vs #4 Louisville

    Even further, I see Kansas and Louisville in the Championship game, with Kansas winning it all! Fat chance right? Predicting this stuff always alludes me.. anyone see it going on down differently? What are you planning to fill your bracket with, in that middle area that awards the most points, the slots for the Final Four?
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    Interesting picks. I've still got to study the match ups more and then make some good guesses. What about the injury to the key player on Kansas ? They say he'll just miss the first weekend but it could end up being a bigger factor. On my thread: Need a loan (talking about the billion dollar bracket contest) I went on yesterday and clicked the link that took me to the contest. After signing in, I tried to make some picks but there were technical difficulties. I expect it's like the affordable care act (early on) where volumes of traffic caused problems.
    Teams that I expect to do well include: Florida, Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Michigan state, Wisconsin, New Mexico state, Virginia, & Kentucky. Late this week is the time nationally where at work productivity hits a yearly low.

  • Center Left
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    Joel Embiid being injured throughout the first weekend is concerning, but I think Kansas will roll over the first two opposites with or without him. I do think if Embiid is not on the court after that, it could seriously effect their chances. Not having a 7 footer posting up as your mainstay, what a lost that is. Will be interesting, no doubt.
  • Center Left
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    Kansas will take it home.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Two of my four Final Four picks are already out. My Midwest and West picks are doing alright, but my South and East picks have blown up in my face. Villanova losing didn't help much at all, either. Only two of my four Final Four picks are still in--Creighton and Michigan. And Creighton still has to play today. Needless to say, I won't be winning Buffet's billion this year.
  • Center Left
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    Do you get to pick 4 teams to win? If one of the teams wins then do you win anything? Or the whole bracket entirely?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote: Do you get to pick 4 teams to win? If one of the teams wins then do you win anything? Or the whole bracket entirely?
    I was only joking about the Buffet billion. I didn't fill out one of those brackets because you have to sign up via Quicken Loan, so it's just a big gimmick anyway. I filled one out on CBS.com and am just following along for fun, especially now that my bracket has completely blown up!
  • Center Left
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    Jared,
    Yes on the B $ bracket, Quicken loans will milk it to gain every possible customer. It started with a set of questions. Do you have a current mtg. Do you plan on getting a mtg. Do you have no mtg. I answered that I don't have one. Hopefully that takes me out of the mass mailing / phone calls.
  • Other Party
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    Clay you have to fill out the entire bracket. A perfect bracket gets a Billion $ but the odds against it are very high, to say the least. One estimate is 1 chance in 9,000,000,000,000,000,000.

    The important part is that 2 million $ WILL be given away. The 20 best brackets will each win $100,000 which is not a bad consolation prize. So there is something to shoot for.

    Quicken Loans made a business decision. Is the massive publicity and the increased business worth the $2,000,000 payout? That remains to be seen, and maybe it was worth it. I wasn't going to enter that contest, for the same reasons jared and Tony stated; personal info to Quicken Loans.

    Just to give an idea of how hard it is to pick all these games: ESPN's bracket contest had more than 10 million entrants and after the first round of games there was exactly one entry which was correct. One guy from Illinois went 32-0. And his bracket probably got killed yesterday.

    And now #2 Kansas has just gone down to Stanford, yet another big upset.

    On three of the four days of the tourney so far, the first game of the day has been a big upset. Just ask Ohio State, Duke, and Kansas.
  • Center Left
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    If anyone is interested....... on CBS Wichita State is playing Kentucky and it's a very close game. Lead changing often. 9 minutes left 55 - 56

    Ultimately KY won, upsetting another number 1 seeded team. Won by 2 pts
  • Center Left
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    Damn. I did terrible on my predictions. Wisconsin is the only team that I predicted making it to the final four, and it looks as though they may fall to Arizona. Gonna be a good game there; in progress right now, with Arizona leading it 19-14 early on.

    Anyone do any better? I'm guessing so, as #1 Florida is for sure in. Easy to pick the number ones to make it. If you went that route, and Arizona pulls out, you are at least half right. Not bad. How's everyone doing in their bracket(s) at this point?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    We have the first Final Four team sketched in. #1 Florida defeated #11 Dayton in a surprisingly close match. The good thing for Florida is that "close" doesn't matter. They are heading to the Final Four.
  • Center Left
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    My team is Ohio State which lost to Dayton. Our league B1G still has Wisconsin, Michigan State (Tomorrow versus U Conn), and possibly Michigan (Tomorrow versus KY). Strong showing for the old Big 10.
  • Center Left
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    Poor a cold beer. At 2:00 EST on CBS Connecticut vs Michigan State. I'm not sure when and/or what channel Michigan vs. Kentucky is on. Anyone know ?
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    (8) Kentucky vs (2) Michigan scheduled at 5:05 EST and bear in mind that 60 Minutes is scheduled after the second game, but could be pushed back so if anyone actually DID set a DVR to record 60 Minutes, it could get a late start. Some of these games have gone WAY over.

    When was the last time an 8 seed was favored by 2 points over the 2 seed? Interesting...