Sweet 16

Basketball is back for the weekend!

With the first four games of the round of 16 behind us, we have seen two 1-seeds, Gonzaga and Virginia, as well as two 3-seeds, Texas Tech and Purdue, advance.  Purdue (3) was able to out-crazy Tennessee (2) in a high-scoring game with huge momentum shifts, more missed free throws than a youth basketball game, and overtime. And in a game that had more meaning for many of us with our Pac-12 allegiances, Oregon (12) fell in the last minutes in its bid to upset Virginia (1) last night!

Out of all 98 brackets, only 18 picked Purdue (3) and 23 picked Texas Tech (3). Only 5 of us picked all four games correctly, and all 5 are in the top 10 in the standings!  Congratulations to you if you are among those who made the right picks and had a great night last night!

In a typical year, we can still expect a 1-seed to lose this round.  Could it be North Carolina dealing with a surging Auburn (5), or will Duke, fresh out of a near-upset in the last round with UCF (final score 77-76), succumb to Virginia Tech (4)?  Even if they make it to the next round, the odds don’t get better. In the history of the tournament, all four 1-seeds have survived this weekend and made it to the semifinals only once (2008), so some 1-seed is very likely to fall before Monday.

You can check your standings by clicking here.  The remaining round of 16 games will be played today before the round of 8 is played this weekend!

1st place (tie): Paul Schlenter – ESA and Max Berde are tied with 106 points

2nd place: BC&Buds is not too far behind with 98 points

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place (tie): Eat my dust! and Son of a ZAG are rocking first place with 91 points

2nd place (tie): Bryce Powell and Rocinate are close competition with with 88 points

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Second Round Results!

The round of 32 has concluded!

The trend from Saturday continued, with no more upsets.  After a wild first round, the second round has seemed to lack the (trademarked) namesake “madness” of the tournament.  Advancing to the round of 16 are only two teams lower than a 4-seed: Auburn (5) and Oregon (12).  In our pool, 27 brackets (27.6%) picked Oregon to reach the round of 16. The only other teams to advance that were picked by less than half of our pool are Purdue (3) and Auburn (5), both picked in 44% of brackets. Congratulations if you picked Oregon, Auburn, or Purdue to get this far!

Looking forward to the round of 16 (worth 4 points for each correct pick), our picks don’t anticipate many upsets.  In fact, none of the top 40 brackets dared to not pick Duke, and only 6 brackets picked a Duke upset overall (94% pick rate). The other 1-seeds have an over 70% pick rate to advance, and the 2-seeds all have an over 50% pick rate.  Those picks aren’t without warrant: historically over 80% of 1-seeds and over 70% of 2-seeds in the round of 16 have advanced.  Compare that to Oregon’s chances—only one 12-seed has ever advanced to the round of 8 (5% win rate).

You may be feeling like you’ve slipped too far in the standings, but from here on out the tournament shifts from a game of predicting which low seeds will have a surprise win or two to predicting the results of practically even matchups between teams with very comparable levels of coaching and talent. If (or rather when—the round of 8 is the classic round for felling giants) upsets return to this tournament, expect movement in the standings!

1st place (tie): Paul Schlenter – ESA and Max Berde are tied with 88 points

2nd place: BC&Buds is not too far behind with 85 points

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: Bryce Powell is rocking first place with 84 points

2nd place: Eat my dust! is not too far behind with 83 points

Be sure to check your standings by clicking here, and on to the round of 16 starting this Thursday, March 28!

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First Round Results!

The first round of games are all done! Washington and Oregon are both going on to the next round (even though the Huskies did have a higher score). Standings as of March 21st can be downloaded here.

1st place (three-way tie): BC&Buds, JD, and Thomas Keown are a slam dunk with 28 points

2nd place (three-way tie): Greg Guillen, Norm K, and  Max Berde are a close second with 27 points

In the Robinson Noble staff and family division, the leaders are:

1st place: The Waler is rocking first place with a total of 28 points

2nd place (tie): Son of a ZAG and Rocinate are very close behind with 27 points

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Photo provided via Creative Commons license by Robert Course-Baker.

It has begun, the 9th Annual Robinson Noble NCAA Basketball Tournament!

9th Annual Robinson Noble NCAA Basketball Tournament Contest

$500 in Prizes

The basketball madness has started once again! Come join the fun by submitting a bracket to Robinson Noble’s 9th annual tournament contest. It is free to play. Simply fill in a bracket and send it to Brayden at bpittsenbarger@robinson-noble.com. If you did not receive a bracket in your email, you can download one here. Please return your brackets by 9:00 AM, Thursday, March 21st.

We hope everybody can participate. If you are not allowed to receive prize money, please let us know your favorite charity and we will send your winnings to them instead!

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Photo provided via Creative Commons license by eddie welker.