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Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Posted on: March 3, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 12:15 am
 
Since I’m feeling generous, I’m going to award TWO more automatic bids because the other top 5 players from the regular season deserve them:

hoosierguy1019 finished in third place with bonus points and fourth place without them.
Lobofan2003 is one of only 4 players with a pick percentage above .700.  That was good enough for third place without bonus points and fifth place with them.

Tongneri7 , in his first year of the competition, finished in fourth place overall with a .683 pick percentage… which was good enough for our final AUTOMATIC bid and the #6 overall seed.  Unfortunately, he stopped making picks!

So, here’s where it gets interesting… The rest of us are wrapping up the BIT Play-In Round tonight for the right to join our Top 5 in the quest for the National Championship.  Since one of our auto-bids dropped out, the Top 4 players in the BIT Play-In Round (not counting those who received autobids) will ultimately join the Top 5 in 3 different Regions while all other players will continue to compete in the B.I.T.  Here’s how the tournament will differ from previous years…

During the BIT play-in round, ALL players (including automatic qualifiers) started with zero points.

The top 3 overall players (GeoMapster, BoilerBadger, & s0merand0mdude) are simply competing against each other for the Top 3 seeds.
The next 2 players (hoosierguy1019 & Lobofan2003) are competing for seeds 4&5.
All other players are competing for seeds 6-9.  The players who do not finish in the Top 9 will continue to play in the B.I.T. for the rest of the season.

The National Championship Bracket will consist of exactly 9 players (The Fine 9 instead of The Elite 8) in 3 regions.  They will be formed as follows:

Region A : #1, #6, #9
Region B : #2, #5, #8
Region C : #3, #4, #7

Based on the results of the "Fine 9" round, the top player in each region will advance to the Final 4.  In addition, the player with the most points from the remaining 6 will earn a trip to the Final 4 as a wild card.  All other players will move into the B.I.T. bracket.

In the Final 4, the player with the most cumulative points (starting with the BIT Play-In Round) will compete head-to-head with the player with the least cumulative points.  The other two players will also face each other.

The winners of the head-to-head matchups will face each other for the National Championship while the other will move into the B.I.T.

Our schedule is here:

BIT Play-In Round : Games from 02/28 (Mon) – 03/03 (Thu)
Fine 9 : Games from 03/04 (Fri) – 03/06 (Sun)
Final 4 : Games from 03/07 (Mon) – 03/10 (Thu)
Finals : Games from 03/11 (Fri) – 03/13 (Sun)

Good luck everyone!!!  Here is our first set of FINE 9 Games...

1-Akron over Kent State
2-The Citadel over Elon
3-Creighton over Northern Iowa
4-Detroit over Valparaiso
5-Evansville over Indiana State
6-Georgia Southern over Appalachian State
7-Georgia State over NC-Wilmington
8-Loyola-Marymount over Portland
9-Manhattan over Siena
10-Marist over Niagara
11-Northeastern over Delaware
12-Pennsylvania over Harvard
13-Princeton over Dartmouth
14-Samford over Furman
15-San Diego over Pepperdine
16-Towson over Drexel
17-NC-Greensboro over Davidson
18-William & Mary over James Madison
19-Wright State over Cleveland State

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Overall Standings (762 points possible)
1) GeoMapster: 444 points (55-21) .791
2) jonvi: 420 points (56-20) .776
3) hoosierguy1019: 418 points (55-21) .774
4) s0merand0mdude: 384 points (52-23) .760
5) Lobofan2003: 360 points (52-24) .736
6) TranquilChaos: 352 points (48-28) .731
7) BoilerBadger: 348 points (48-28) .728
8) Beer: 326 points (51-25) .714
9) sfrye4585: 322 points (50-26) .711
10) bearcatnation: 288 points (45-31) .689
11) LAOJoe: 276 points (47-29) .681
12) NCAABKJNKY81: 228 points (48-28) .650

Kansas City Region
#1 GeoMapster: 444 points (55-21) .791
#6 jonvi: 420 points (56-20) .776
#9 sfrye4585: 322 points (50-26) .711

Seattle Region
#2 s0merand0mdude: 384 points (52-23) .760
#5 Lobofan2003: 360 points (52-24) .736
#8 Beer: 326 points (51-25) .714

Indianapolis Region
#3 BoilerBadger: 348 points (48-28) .728
#4 hoosierguy1019: 418 points (55-21) .774
#7 TranquilChaos: 352 points (48-28) .731

BIT Standings
1) bearcatnation: 288 points (45-31) .689
2) LAOJoe: 276 points (47-29) .681
3) NCAABKJNKY81: 228 points (48-28) .650

Comments

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2011 11:30 am
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Of course, first place for the day comes out of my region!  It doesn't help that I finished in 8th place either...

03/04 Results
1) s0merand0mdude: 106 points (14-5) .558
2) sfrye4585: 100 points (13-6) .526
3) hoosierguy1019: 94 points (13-6) .495
4) GeoMapster: 94 points (12-7) .495
5) LAOJoe: 90 points (13-6) .474
6) TranquilChaos: 86 points (12-7) .453
7) BoilerBadger: 86 points (12-7) .453
8) Beer: 78 points (13-6) .411
9) jonvi: 78 points (12-7) .411
10) Lobofan2003: 76 points (12-7) .400
11) NCAABKJNKY81: 74 points (13-6) .389

Kansas City Region
1) sfrye4585: 100 points (63-32) .722
2) GeoMapster: 94 points (67-28) .783**
3) jonvi: 78 points (68-27) .762

Seattle Region
1) s0merand0mdude: 106 points (66-29) .756
2) Beer: 78 points (64-31) .712
3) Lobofan2003: 76 points (64-31) .729

Indianapolis Region
1) hoosierguy1019: 94 points (68-27) .769
2) TranquilChaos: 86 points (60-35) .730
3) BoilerBadger: 86 points (60-35) .728

Beer Region
10) LAOJoe: 366 points (60-35) .692
11) NCAABKJNKY81: 302 points (61-34) .659
12) bearcatnation: 288 points (45-31) .689

** Wild Card Leader




Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Interesting response from CBSSportsline Support Tech...  I have two responses from same guy:

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First one came out at 2:00 PM Central Time USA:

GeoMapster,

It appears that the problem you are experiencing has something to do with a site-wide outage we experienced early Thursday morning. A small percentage of our users seem to be experiencing the same problems you are while viewing community content. I've forwarded your comments to technology and we hope to have a resolution soon. Any patience you can afford would be appreciated.



Second one came out at 3:29 PM Central Time USA:

It appears that one of our servers, the one your screen name resided on, was corrupted. That server has been taken out of production, which should solve the problem. Unfortunately, any posts you made while you were linked to that corrupt server have been removed as well. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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So I am one of small percentage of users had experiencing this problem! Foot in mouth  Go Figures... UN-Greensboro tricked all of us except BoilerBadger.  Good job, BoilerBadger!  LOL




Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Beer- do points from the play-in round count towards the F9 standings or do they reset?  And I think I got lucky picking against Davidson, but a little good luck never hurt anyone

Points reset to zero after each round except for BIT participants... that is cumulative.  So, when I get knocked out of the F9, I will add my F9 points to my play-in points and promptly resume my rightful place in the BIT!



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Beer- do points from the play-in round count towards the F9 standings or do they reset?  And I think I got lucky picking against Davidson, but a little good luck never hurt anyone



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Geo - Your picks are all set.

JNKY - You should be very proud of your Spartans and BoilerBadger definite
ly wins the "pick of the day" contest!



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Thank you JNKY and Jonvi..  Geesh!!  I am trying to figure it out and had no ideas about comment problems.  Thank you again for warm welcome back!



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Glad you're back mapster.  I couldn't figure it out..but knew Beer would come through.   



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

I should get to enter my picks after all the games are over.  I'll probably still miss a few games.

Best/funniest thing I have read all day.  Cool my man. 



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

Gotta kick the CBSSportsline's arse  LOL  Anyway it went through now even I sent email to CBSSportsline Tech about comment's problem.



Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:38 pm
 

Daily Picks: 03/04... The Fine Nine

GEO,

Maybe they are BEER is trying to handicap the field.  If that's the case, I should get to enter my picks after all the games are over.  I'll probably still miss a few games.  Would you know it, I get a chance to pick my college here and I pick against them and they win!  I might be able to get them to the NCAA tourney by picking their opponent.  7 - 23 would definitely be a play in game. 

good luck all


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