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VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 05:17 AM
Alrighty then, ladies & gents: it's that time of year again, when sure things turn to dust & wanna-bes become Cinderella: it's time for the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament!

As many of you know, my Virginia Commonwealth University Rams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXX2C2nUJKE&feature=channel) won the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Tournament last weekend, earning the right to go dancing. The powers that be saw fit to label us an 11 seed and we are slated to take on the UCLA Bruins in Philedelphia, PA on Thursday, March 19th for our 1st Rnd game. Since I'm a member of the Ram Band (and since God was gracious enough to give us a Thurs/Sat schedule as opposed to a Fri/Sun one), I will be travelling with the team for the remainder of their post-season career.

Now, while I'm quite certain that the Rams, led by 2 time CAA Player of the Year Eric Maynor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE6NuYu1Qz4), will be bringing home the gold, I'm sure there are some doubters out there. For that reason, I have created a Bracket Pool on ESPN for those forumites that would like to attempt to match wits. Below you will see the link. It's a closed group so you will need the password to be allowed to join.

Group: Hughes Bracketology (http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/group?groupID=42685&entryID=853479)
Password: Matt's middle name

Llamafighter
03-16-2009, 01:43 PM
I'm in and my picks are gold.
I felt obligated to take VCU out of the first round so don't let me down, Ben!!

VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 03:50 PM
I'm in and my picks are gold.
I felt obligated to take VCU out of the first round so don't let me down, Ben!!You jerk! I hope you llamas stop producing milk & that their fur becomes moldy!!!

Llamafighter
03-16-2009, 04:06 PM
You jerk! I hope you llamas stop producing milk & that their fur becomes moldy!!!

Wha?! I have VCU going into the second round, what more do you want? taking them beyond that is just plain ridiculous!

We milk their spit glands to produce gatorade and sour patch kids.

VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 04:09 PM
Wha?! I have VCU going into the second round, what more do you want? taking them beyond that is just plain ridiculous!

We milk their spit glands to produce gatorade and sour patch kids.O, my bad. When you said "take them out of the first round", I thought you meant have them lose in the first round.

Yay for Llama, he's cool!!!

Llamafighter
03-16-2009, 04:11 PM
O, my bad. When you said "take them out of the first round", I thought you meant have them lose in the first round.

Yay for Llama, he's cool!!!

I realized that I worded it awkwardly:laugh:

I just found my new Sig quote!!!

VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 04:14 PM
I realized that I worded it awkwardly:laugh:

I just found my new Sig quote!!!Eh, I do what I can.:cool:

lc87
03-16-2009, 04:48 PM
Well since I won on here last year im gonna spare you guys and not play this year. But im gonna hope for the 2peat with the jayhawks but I don't see it happening. But it would make it even sweater if they did take it home this year just for the fact that they have 1 starter back and haven't looked very good in some games and look amazing in others.

Llamafighter
03-16-2009, 04:52 PM
Well since I won on here last year im gonna spare you guys and not play this year. But im gonna hope for the 2peat with the jayhawks but I don't see it happening. But it would make it even sweater if they did take it home this year just for the fact that they have 1 starter back and haven't looked very good in some games and look amazing in others.

So you're not going to give your fellow forumites the opportunity to avenge their loss from last year? Come on!!
;)

lc87
03-16-2009, 05:20 PM
Nah I think I will retire with my perfect record. Go out on top. Or I might just throw the bracket this year to make u guys feel better.

Llamafighter
03-16-2009, 06:00 PM
Nah I think I will retire with my perfect record. Go out on top. Or I might just throw the bracket this year to make u guys feel better.
Well, if you pick Kansas you might as well throw the bracket:)

matthughesfan21
03-16-2009, 06:02 PM
just finished my bracket, I picked some slight upsets, hopefully it goes my way, I'm worried though, I usually watch a lot of regular season College bball, but haven't really watched much this season, I still no whats going on with the teams, but I don't know as much about the matchups as I would have liked.

VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 07:26 PM
That's why I just picked VCU all the way. :Whistle:

matthughesfan21
03-16-2009, 07:32 PM
That's why I just picked VCU all the way. :Whistle:I picked them in the first game, but i don't see them getting by NOVA

VCURamFan
03-16-2009, 07:49 PM
I picked them in the first game, but i don't see them getting by NOVAAre you joking? Nova's gonna get embarrassed in their own backyard.

matthughesfan21
03-16-2009, 07:59 PM
Are you joking? Nova's gonna get embarrassed in their own backyard.
haha you never know, its possible..I picked the illini over WKU and Gonzaga(think they are horribly overrated year in and year out), don't see them going further than that though....At least VCU made it farther than my school, we went 9-20:laugh:

lc87
03-16-2009, 08:02 PM
Well, if you pick Kansas you might as well throw the bracket:)

Hey anything can happen in the big dance it might sound stupid now but if they win it we will all sound dumb for not picking them

rockdawg21
03-16-2009, 11:42 PM
I'm in. VCU is gonna have a tough time with UCLA, but I think it'll be a close game.

matthughesfan21
03-16-2009, 11:44 PM
I'm in. VCU is gonna have a tough time with UCLA, but I think it'll be a close game.
I picked VCU, because I have watched UCLA a few times, and they don't seem as good as they have been in years past, and they seem slightly overrated...If Maynor can turn it on, I don't think UCLA can stop him

rockdawg21
03-16-2009, 11:44 PM
As you may or may not know. Every year, at least 1 #12 seed knocks off a #5 seed. I've been correct 5 years straight. I know the one who will win.

Also, be sure to check the 4/13 matchups. The past few years, a 13 has knocked off a #4. I'm pretty sure I've got this one right.

octagon junkie
03-17-2009, 12:16 AM
My Wildcats didn't even make it in, I am pretty sure this is a first in my life time maybe in history. I gotta go with Louisville just because Pitino's there.

octagon junkie
03-17-2009, 12:19 AM
I only have 3 posts??:ashamed:

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 02:03 AM
I only have 3 posts??:ashamed:Nope! Now you've got 4!!

Chuck
03-17-2009, 04:34 AM
My picks are in and I'm going to clean house!!!


I would like to post 1 disclaimer: I have not watched a single NCAA BB game all year long. so WHEN I win it will be oh so much sweeter!!!! :D

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 04:58 AM
My picks are in and I'm going to clean house!!!


I would like to post 1 disclaimer: I have not watched a single NCAA BB game all year long. so WHEN I win it will be oh so much sweeter!!!! :DWell you knew enough to pick Radford over UNC, right?

Chuck
03-17-2009, 05:09 AM
Well you knew enough to pick Radford over UNC, right?

LOL... um no.


But I did pick UCLA over VCU.... sorry bro... short weekend for you. :)

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 05:22 AM
LOL... um no.


But I did pick UCLA over VCU.... sorry bro... short weekend for you. :)Sorry bro, crap-tastic bracket for you.:)

Chuck
03-17-2009, 05:47 AM
Sorry bro, crap-tastic bracket for you.:)

Right. And you picked WHO to win it all????
:happy0198:

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 06:08 AM
Right. And you picked WHO to win it all????
:happy0198:In which, my "Official" or my "Fantasy" bracket?:laugh:

Chuck
03-17-2009, 06:12 AM
In which, my "Official" or my "Fantasy" bracket?:laugh:
Both.

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 06:19 AM
Both.My fantasy has VCU over Wake. My real one has...hang on, lemme check!!

EDIT: OK, my official pick is Louisville over Pitt, although I'm still not certain about that. I may change it before Thursday, or I may just be too busy & let it be.

Chuck
03-17-2009, 06:21 AM
My fantasy has VCU over Wake. My real one has...hang on, lemme check!!

You mean "let me go make one real quick!!! :D"

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 06:22 AM
You mean "let me go make one real quick!!! :D"No, I've already got it made, I just didn't remember!!:laugh:

County Mike
03-17-2009, 12:00 PM
You should have used my online office pool website to run your bracket.

http://www.ezofficepool.com

PUNK!

Max
03-17-2009, 04:59 PM
Are you joking? Nova's gonna get embarrassed in their own backyard.
That would be nice cause then I would get to see Duke lay the smack down on VCU.

VCURamFan
03-17-2009, 05:01 PM
That would be nice cause then I would get to see Duke lay the smack down on VCU.Awww, still bitter about 2yrs ago? Or maybe about the @$$ whoopings your boys got both times they came to Richmond?

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:00 PM
Well, the tournament has been underway for just under 2 hours now and it looks like 3 of my picks are on the verge of being knocked out.

Butler is giving LSU a good run, but I think LSU will still pull it out.

Texas A&M is putting a hurt on BYU which isnt too shocking, but I still picked BYU.

and what I can't believe is that CSU is actually running neck and neck with Memphis. I have Memphis in my Final Four :frantics:

Chuck
03-19-2009, 06:10 PM
Well, the tournament has been underway for just under 2 hours now and it looks like 3 of my picks are on the verge of being knocked out.

Butler is giving LSU a good run, but I think LSU will still pull it out.

Texas A&M is putting a hurt on BYU which isnt too shocking, but I still picked BYU.

and what I can't believe is that CSU is actually running neck and neck with Memphis. I have Memphis in my Final Four :frantics:

I have no idea who I picked... :huh:

Do I have to fill in the winners or will it keep score for us automatically?


Nevermind... went and checked... I have Butler, Memphis and BYU for the 3 games playing now.

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:18 PM
I have no idea who I picked... :huh:

Do I have to fill in the winners or will it keep score for us automatically?

If you are talking about a tournament pick em' that you filled out online, most of them that I know of update automatically.

I always fill one out on Yahoo cuz if you get it the bracket 100% correct you win a million bucks. :laugh:

J.B.
03-19-2009, 06:30 PM
Okay, well Memphis came back laid the smack down, so thats good.

LSU squeezed out a victory, so thats good.

However Texas A&M is up by 11 with a minute and a half left...thats not good.

There goes my million bucks :laugh:

Chuck
03-19-2009, 07:06 PM
Dang!!! I suck!!! Last place and we just got started.... :cry:

For the 3 current games I have N. Iowa and Maryland in upsets and UNC!


C'mon underdogs!!!!!!! :laugh:

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 07:29 PM
I'm undefeated so far I think

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 07:34 PM
UCONN is playing close with Chattanooga...18-15 with 11:14 left in the first half

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 07:45 PM
nvm, UCONN just went on a big run 31-17 now...just took em a while to get warmed up i guess

rockdawg21
03-19-2009, 07:58 PM
West Kentucky is the #12 seed that will beat a #5 seed (Illinois), not N. Iowa beating Purdue.

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 08:14 PM
West Kentucky is the #12 seed that will beat a #5 seed (Illinois), not N. Iowa beating Purdue.
the 12 over 5 will be arizona over utah:angry:

County Mike
03-19-2009, 08:24 PM
I already lost a game (BYU) but I did pick Maryland to upset and so far they're pulling it off. That should keep me even with most people in my pool.

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 08:38 PM
Purdue squaked by UNI, UNI gave them a game down the stretch though...Maryland and Cal tied at 51 with 11:30 to go....and UCONN who you might remember was winning 18-15 earlier is now up 63-22, wow what a run haha

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 08:39 PM
Maryland has just gone on a run, up 59-51 now after some big 3s

County Mike
03-19-2009, 08:41 PM
Go Maryland! I should have known the Mormons from "Bring 'Em Young" wouldn't beat the Texans. I really only picked BYU because I like saying "Bring 'Em Young".

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 08:45 PM
Go Maryland! I should have known the Mormons from "Bring 'Em Young" wouldn't beat the Texans. I really only picked BYU because I like saying "Bring 'Em Young".
I didn't pick them because i've been calling them overrated for a while...If maryland wins, I'm still undefeated:cool:

Chuck
03-19-2009, 09:49 PM
Still in last..............:Whistle:

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 10:18 PM
Still in last..............:Whistle:12.4% correct:laugh:


Me and 1badgsx96 2, M. Struhar are tied for first at 100%, who is M. Struhar is that Max?

rockdawg21
03-19-2009, 11:17 PM
the 12 over 5 will be arizona over utah:angry:
1-5 in their last 6 games? Not a chance.

matthughesfan21
03-19-2009, 11:28 PM
1-5 in their last 6 games? Not a chance.arizona has lost to Cal twice, Standord, UCLA,USC, ASU twice, WSU, and Washington


Utah has lost to Idaho State, Cal, Oklahoma, Utah State, SDSU, UNLV, BYU, New Mexico///they play in an easier conference and have lost to some below average teams as well...Arizona has more talent but has been inconsistent, if Arizona shows up and plays to their abilities, they will win this game

matthughesfan21
03-20-2009, 12:29 AM
UPSET ALERT!!!!!



14 American University is up by 10(41-31) at the half against 3rd ranked Villanova...........Michigan(10 seed) is also giving the 7 seed Clemson a whooping right now also

rearnakedchoke
03-20-2009, 12:33 AM
UPSET ALERT!!!!!



14 American University is up by 10(41-31) at the half against 3rd ranked Villanova...........Michigan(10 seed) is also giving the 7 seed Clemson a whooping right now also
yeah ... and if they win, ben's vcu will have an easier road to the final4

matthughesfan21
03-20-2009, 12:35 AM
yeah ... and if they win, ben's vcu will have an easier road to the final4
true, but it will totally screw that part of my bracket, at least until the sweet 16

matthughesfan21
03-20-2009, 01:56 AM
well Nova came back to win, Michigan beat Clemson, and Gonzaga beat Akron

Chuck
03-20-2009, 02:20 AM
well Nova came back to win, Michigan beat Clemson, and Gonzaga beat Akron

Still in last................ :laugh:

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 02:25 AM
arizona has lost to Cal twice, Standord, UCLA,USC, ASU twice, WSU, and Washington


Utah has lost to Idaho State, Cal, Oklahoma, Utah State, SDSU, UNLV, BYU, New Mexico///they play in an easier conference and have lost to some below average teams as well...Arizona has more talent but has been inconsistent, if Arizona shows up and plays to their abilities, they will win this game
Yeah, but finishing 1-5 regardless of who you're playing doesn't make you very confident. It'll be a close game though.

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 02:46 AM
UPDATE:

Halfway through the 1st half, West. Ky is beating Illinois 21-13. #12 over #5!!!! :)

matthughesfan21
03-20-2009, 03:19 AM
UPDATE:

Halfway through the 1st half, West. Ky is beating Illinois 21-13. #12 over #5!!!! :)
:sad:

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 04:04 AM
:sad:
For another update. 7:35 left and WKU is leading by 12 :)

matthughesfan21
03-20-2009, 04:36 AM
made it close, but not enough...oh well, sorry about vcu also ben, they gave em a helluva game

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 04:43 AM
Disappointing. I let Joe Lunardi talk me out of some of my choices today. I'd of been 15/16, but I'm 12/16. If I do bad tomorrow, I'm going to e-mail ESPN and tell them I want my $6.95 back. :laugh:

Close matchup so far. Should remain close tomorrow as well I'd think.

Chuck
03-20-2009, 05:43 AM
Can somebody teach me how all the points and percentages work?

Llama has 10 more points then me but double my percentage... I'm lost... :huh:

Anyone?

MattHughesRocks
03-20-2009, 06:13 AM
Whats March Madness? What's football? This thread sucks! :w00t:

Llamafighter
03-20-2009, 11:50 AM
Can somebody teach me how all the points and percentages work?

Llama has 10 more points then me but double my percentage... I'm lost... :huh:

Anyone?
I have no idea, all I know is Ben talked me into picking VCU and then...:sick:
However my Purdue made it on like champs!:tongue0011:
I've got a couple brackets that are going to hold up. Thank God for memphis winning...

Llamafighter
03-20-2009, 12:02 PM
Can somebody teach me how all the points and percentages work?

Llama has 10 more points then me but double my percentage... I'm lost... :huh:

Anyone?

you forgot to factor in something...


...cool points :cool:

rearnakedchoke
03-20-2009, 12:22 PM
i am in second in my pool .. got two wrong ... VCU and Clem .... got W. Kentucky and have them beating zaga too ....

County Mike
03-20-2009, 01:02 PM
Sorry about your VCU team - except I didn't pick them so I'm not THAT sorry.

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 01:36 PM
Can somebody teach me how all the points and percentages work?

Llama has 10 more points then me but double my percentage... I'm lost... :huh:

Anyone?
I just ignore it. The raw number is what matters.

Chuck
03-20-2009, 01:49 PM
you forgot to factor in something...


...cool points :cool:

No I factored that in..... THAT"S what has me so surprised about you being ahead of me!!!! :Whistle:


:tongue0011:

rockdawg21
03-20-2009, 03:03 PM
No I factored that in..... THAT"S what has me so surprised about you being ahead of me!!!! :Whistle:


:tongue0011:
So....what does that say about YOU Chuck? :fighting0092:

Llamafighter
03-20-2009, 03:12 PM
No I factored that in..... THAT"S what has me so surprised about you being ahead of me!!!! :Whistle:


:tongue0011:

OH SNAP!! :scared0011:

I mean...get used to it:tongue0011:

VCURamFan
03-21-2009, 02:35 AM
Well, I'm back in Richmond now. Really disappointing game. After Maynor missed that shot, I was in shock. He doesn't miss that shot. Ever. I felt like the ref was going to say "My bad, let's re-play that". It was surreal. After Larry crushed that ball on that block, I thought it was a lock.

rockdawg21
03-21-2009, 04:25 AM
Can somebody teach me how all the points and percentages work?

Llama has 10 more points then me but double my percentage... I'm lost... :huh:

Anyone?
Chuck, the percentage doesn't apply to our group. It's your worldwide ranking of all pickers on ESPN. Currently, your score is 200, which puts you in the 9.6 percentile. There are millions playing on ESPN, so there's going to be a very large difference in percentile even between 10 points.

What matters in the long-run for our group, is the total points. Unfortunately, your championship pick has already lost, so you need to pray that somebody beats Louisville and Pittsburgh because that's what the rest of us chose.

Hope that helps.

Chuck
03-21-2009, 04:36 AM
Chuck, the percentage doesn't apply to our group. It's your worldwide ranking of all pickers on ESPN. Currently, your score is 200, which puts you in the 9.6 percentile. There are millions playing on ESPN, so there's going to be a very large difference in percentile even between 10 points.

What matters in the long-run for our group, is the total points. Unfortunately, your championship pick has already lost, so you need to pray that somebody beats Louisville and Pittsburgh because that's what the rest of us chose.

Hope that helps.

It makes total sense thank you!

I knew WF at a #4 was a bit of a long shot for the title but I sure as heck thought them getting out of the first round was a lock.

WTF???? :blink:

County Mike
03-21-2009, 01:51 PM
I had Wake Forest going a couple rounds so that one hurt me in my pool too. I only picked them to go that far because of some crackhead on CNNSI.com praising them. Made me reconsider my bracket and screwed me. I'm going to hunt him down now.

rockdawg21
03-21-2009, 07:36 PM
I almost picked Wake to lose their first game. In fact, before I started listening to those buttholes at ESPN, I had that picked correctly. I'm kind of upset that I paid $6.95 for the "insider". I've done worse this year than I have in the past 10 years, lol

But, I'm still in it. I just don't like my national ranking. I'm almost always in the top 90 percentile, ugh. Oh well, life's tough :)

Chuck
03-23-2009, 02:15 PM
Well I'm not in last anymore so I guess that's a good thing. :D

My first year ever doing this and I haven't watched a single game this year so I guess I shouldn't have expected too much. I took a few risks and it hurt me and obviously my pick to win it all getting knocked out in the first round didnt' help anything.

But this is the first year ever that all of the 1,2,3 seed have made it to the Sweet 16 so it is a bit of an odd year.

On a bright not 13/16 of my Sweet 16 picks are still alive so I guess that's a good thing.

Llamafighter
03-23-2009, 04:55 PM
Well I'm not in last anymore so I guess that's a good thing. :D

My first year ever doing this and I haven't watched a single game this year so I guess I shouldn't have expected too much. I took a few risks and it hurt me and obviously my pick to win it all getting knocked out in the first round didnt' help anything.

But this is the first year ever that all of the 1,2,3 seed have made it to the Sweet 16 so it is a bit of an odd year.

On a bright not 13/16 of my Sweet 16 picks are still alive so I guess that's a good thing.

You're still alive that's for sure. Pitt scared the crap out of me yesterday at about 5 minutes left in the game.
It's been a pretty good tourney.

matthughesfan21
03-23-2009, 06:29 PM
i'm tied for the lead right now, hope it keeps going, I'm doing better this year than I have in years past

rockdawg21
03-23-2009, 06:58 PM
You're still alive that's for sure. Pitt scared the crap out of me yesterday at about 5 minutes left in the game.
It's been a pretty good tourney.
I'd of been in Heaven if Pitt lost. In my Yahoo group, one of our pickers only picked ONE upset in the whole tournament (a 9 over an 8 seed). What sucks even more is that she's winning. Her pick was Pitt. I need them to lose because I'm down a few points, lol

bradwright
03-24-2009, 04:29 PM
http://i719.photobucket.com/albums/ww196/bradwright/18_7_34.gif

no?:unsure-1:

rockdawg21
03-27-2009, 02:02 AM
Here we go Tigers, here we go!

Missouri Tigers that is! :laugh:

lc87
03-28-2009, 05:56 AM
Sad to see ku lose it was a good game though

Llamafighter
03-30-2009, 02:23 PM
Wow what a strange way to take first place. This weekend was crazy. I think we're pretty much locked into our slots now as none of us have a pick that's still alive.

matthughesfan21
03-30-2009, 03:54 PM
well that elite 8 absolutely killed me

Llamafighter
03-30-2009, 04:37 PM
well that elite 8 absolutely killed me

Me too. When Pitt got beat by Villanova I totally counted myself out. I was blown away when louisville got beat!

County Mike
03-30-2009, 04:48 PM
I picked UConn to win it all. Unfortunately, I got too many wrong in the early stages so I'm mathematically eliminated. We have over 160 people in our pool so it's really hard to win. Top 6 people get paid. Last year I was first and won over $800 but this year, not so lucky.

VCURamFan
04-01-2009, 12:52 AM
I stopped caring about my bracket after week one. I was pretty well out of it in all my pools, so I jsut started enjoying the games. I'm rooting for Villanova since they beat UCLA for me!

rockdawg21
04-01-2009, 02:16 AM
That sucks, I just went back and checked my picks. I could have swore that I had UNC and Louisville in the finals. In my Yahoo bracket, I had Pittsburg losing in the Elite 8. Ugh, guess I really bit it on this one!

Oh well, WAR UNC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!