The tournament has begun, and things are … intense. Right, coach?
I appreciate your patience while Mrs. Crappy and I took in a Jeff Tweedy show in Indianapolis earlier this week. Without further ado, let’s get into all of the entries for Thirteenth Practically Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Piper’s Pub). Note that you will see that some teams in our picks have already been eliminiated; on Monday, I’ll go through the list and assess where we all stand.
As is tradition we begin, as usual, with me:
Sparty beats Florida State, and UNC beats Virginia. And in the title game, the Izzoheads beat Roy’s boys, 74-70.
And then, the rest of yinz guys, in no particular order. First up is noted Morgantown Democratic Socialist Joe:
Final Four: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Kentucky
National Championship: Michigan State, Kentucky National
Champion: Kentucky Tiebreaker: 133
Faithful AUCNFFC participant Otimemore, who still occasionally lives in Pittsburgh:
Duke vs Gonzaga; North Carolina vs Tennessee
Duke vs UNC
First-timer (I think) Expatpghgirl:
Final 4 – Duke, Syracuse, Villanova, North Carolina
Championship Game – Duke, North Carolina
Champion – North Carolina (79-74).
OG AUCNFFC player AAA:
Duke – Gonzaga
Tennessee – North Carolina
Final – Duke & Tennessee
Winner Tennessee, 86-61
Here’s an old Twitter nickname — Dr. Scooter:
F4: Mich St/Nevada, Purdue/UNC
Title: Mich St/UNC
Champ: UNC 92-84
Kewyson‘s annual opus references my Globetrotters question:
Although with a lifetime record of 26,000+ wins to 6 losses, I didn’t even see the Globetrotters in the #16 play in games. So I will stay local to my abode (play the odds) – I have Duke playing Purdue (both Virginia and Tennessee will fall) and North Carolina playing M*ch#g!n.
In the final I have the 4th Battle of the Blues of the year – Duke vs. UNC. With Coby’s electrifying pink shoes helping UNC to beat Duke and Zion’s reinforced Nikes. UNC 84 / Duke 81.
Quick summary for your ease:
Duke vs. Purdue; M*ch#g!n vs. UNC
Duke vs. UNC; UNC 84, Duke 81
I know for a fact that Redbuppy would make good use of a $50 Piper’s Pub gift card:
Let’s go with Gonzaga and Villanova losing in the semifinals, and Duke beating Kentucky, 81-73, in the final.
I didn’t ask defending AUCNFFC champ Breaking Brews if he used all $50 at last year’s Imperial Breakfast. But he’s still alive, so I’m guessing he’s smarter than that.
Are you ready? Here’s how it’s done: Michigan State vs. FSU Tennessee vs. North Carolina. Michigan State vs. North Carolina. North Carolina. Screw Duke!!!!!!
Duke Michigan Virginia Kentucky. Duke Kentucky. Duke. 77-74.
The Sports Chump is back:
Duke over Michigan, Virginia over Houston.
Let’s go with Duke over Virginia by a score of 88-76 in the Final game.
Happy March, everyone!
Curl Girl Michelle has been doing this forever (and nearly won last year):
Final Four: LSU v Texas Tech, Virginia v. Kentucky
Championship game: LSU v Kentucky
Champion: Kentucky, 77-60
PghRugbyRef is channeling his inner Kewyson with his two-part entry. Here’s part one:
This post inspired me to start my predictions, as Sweet Georgia Brown (Teddy Riley Remix) played in the background I looked at the bracket and started selecting teams. As the song ended, I got to my Final Four:
Virginia Tech v Michigan
Wisconsin v Houston
And part two:
Ok, I have some time to work on this:
Michigan v Houston
Houston 133 total points
Thank you (and Piper’s Pub) for doing this again. I look forward to it every year.
HP from Lakewood, with the first-ever AUCNFFC photographic entry:
Ethel, probably from her shiny new kitchen:
Final Four: Michigan State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, North Carolina
Final: Michigan State vs. North Carolina
Winner: North Carolina
Ohio State and Browns/Cavs/Tribe fan Kelsey:
I like . That said, I think the final 4 will be a battle of the mitten (UM vs MSU) and Wisconsin vs Kansas. I predict Sparty will beat Kansas 74-68!
Scooter from the Land of Suburban Shooting Guards:
Duke, the Rats from the North, UNC, UVA
Duke beats the Rats; UVA beats UNC
Duke 71, UVA 65
(Editor’s note: Huh. I wonder what he means by that last thing?)
Sara Without An H:
Duke vs Gonzaga; North Carolina vs Tennessee
Gonzaga vs UNC
Lunchbox Birdshit‘s basetball entry:
Duke/Gonzaga and Wisconsin/UNC
Gonzaga beats UNC, 88-85
Finally, we have Juan, oh he of little basektball knowledge. He is entered each and every year against his will (or, at least, without his approval); I couldn’t find picks from Phil’s Mom, so we’re going with the Penny-Flipping Method.
And so we all understand my absolutely shameful handwriting:
LSU/Arizona State and Iowa/Georgia State
Arizona State beats Georgia State in the title game. I don’t think we’re going to worry about a tiebreaker.
And that’s what I have, boys and girls. As is always the case, if I missed your entry, it’s nothing personal — I’m just an idiot. Let me know and I’ll add you to the list. Hope you’ve enjoyed the games so far. And good luck to everyone. Especially me.