A huge day in Contestville, and now they've crowned 25 conference champions.
13 of those conferences were won today. The good news for our contestants is the majority of us picked the winner in six of those conferences:
MAC: Buffalo (55);
WAC: New Mexico State (51).
American East: Vermont (picked by 49);
Big Sky: Montana (44);
Conference USA: Old Dominion (44);
SWAC: Prairie View A&M (31);
The bad news for our contestants is that brings our total of conferences in which the majority of us picked correctly up to eight (8), otherwise known as 32%.
Three of today's conference winners were chosen by three (3) or fewer of us:
Big 12: Iowa State (3: L Leach, Sciarabba, Templeton);
MEAC: NCCU (1: Elle Leach);
Pac 12: Oregon (1: Rubinson).
That brings the total of conferences predicted by one or fewer of us up to six (6), or 24% (and seven conferences were picked by 3 or fewer, or 28%).
The remaining four conference winners were:
ACC: Duke (23);
Big East: Villanova (21);
Mountain West: Utah State (12)
Southland: Abilene Christian (12).
A grand total of four (4) of us have gotten more than half right: D Kedson and M Wanger have 14 right out of 25 (that's 56% for those barely breaking even at home); and B Whiteside and L Schlegel have 13 right (52%).
B Whitesidea is our current leader, with 77 points, followed by D Kedson (76), L Harlan and M Wanger (73 each), Baum and D Josephs (72 each), and L Schlegel (71). In last place, waaaaay behind everyone else, Gorenstein has 4 conferences correct, for 29 points.
The last seven conferences will have winners on March 17. In only three of them is it even possible for a majority-chosen team to win.
Big West: Cal-Irvine (53) vs. CS-Fullerton (2: Biebel 2, L Leach);
AAC: Houston (36) vs. Cincinnati (14);
Ivy: Yale (35) vs. Harvard (19);
SEC: Tennessee (23) vs. Auburn (0);
Big 10: Michigan State (24) vs. Michigan (19);
Sun Belt: Georgia State (18) vs. Texas-Arlington (2: E Pogach, Templeton);
Atlantic 10: St. Bonaventure (1: Mash Leach) vs. St. Louis (0).
In less than 17 hours, the whole tournament field will be selected. We don't know about you, but we can't wait.