The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are finished, so Poor Scholars checked back on the Buckets Pool to see which team scored the most points over the weekend. Players that are italicized are still playing in the Final Four this weekend in Atlanta.
Face it, your NCAA Tournament bracket is shot and you have no chance at winning your pool. Well, at Poor Scholars, our own Danny Hazan gets into a pool where individual player scoring is the only thing that matters. While Danny and his group go hardcore and go throughout the tournament, Poor Scholars is going going through the Sweet 16: Whichever team gets the most points wins. If your player keeps playing, you keep getting points. Over four rounds and eight players, here’s what transpired. And, yes, Sherwood Brown gets taken.
This year, yes, this year, 2013, would be MY year.
2011 was supposed to be my year, once upon a time. But then Louisville lost in the Round of 64 instead of the Final Four and all of my other Elite Eight teams were heartbreakingly slaughtered to rest before they could complete their circuit through my bracket.
2012 was the year that I came in knowledgeable; I studied, read and projected my way through the entire month of February with a fervor. I knew that I had to adapt and learn from previous mistakes; I made sure that Louisville got bounced early and selected teams like Missouri to make their way to the final games with good guard play and positive momentum. Once again I was pommeled in the early rounds. I probably still owe Anthony Davis and the rest of last year’s Kentucky team a muffin basket, they were the only reason that I finished in the top half of my pool.
BY ALEX RUSSELL
I’m hardly a “bro” in even the loosest sense of the word. I got a haircut today and my response of “none” to “what product do you use” was met with stunned silence. I say “And-1 Mix Tape” sometimes, but I’m pretty sure that might be the name of a guy in A Tribe Called Quest. I never say “epic.”
But I love Las Vegas, despite my lack of traditional bro qualities. (Brolities? Brahtributes? Broclivities?) It’s a fun town for a lot of the reasons some people hate it: the food ranges from amazing to disgusting, you can either drink at a fancy place or at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, and you can do anything you want to do within reason.
Finally, gracefully, NCAA tournament week has descended upon millions of easily distracted Americans like a powerful swell.
Anyone with any meaningful objectives that need to be completed over the next few weeks will have a heart wrenching choice to make. Teachers will have an (even) smaller attentive audience, bosses will cruise around offices slapping wrists and thousands of trees will be unceremoniously demolished to print millions of brackets that will eventually be butchered in every way imaginable by overzealous armchair hoops gurus. Yes, tournament time is upon us, and it remains the most engrossing time of year for anyone with an athletic pulse. Even those who otherwise have no business in the world of sports betting fork over low denominations of legal tender in the hope of catching the wave that sweeps so many others off towards the shores of hope, and, in time, despair.
BY ALEX RUSSELL
The University of Kansas is 19-4 in basketball this year. That’s a phenomenal record. They’re certain to make the tournament and make it as a relatively middle-to-high seed. They beat a really good Ohio State team at Ohio State and they’re going to play their ranked in-state rivals at home tonight. The Phog will be angry, and that typically is good news for the Kansas faithful.
But three of those four losses have come in the last ten days. That’s so terrific I could scream.