Roundball Oracles Year 7

“In the end, everything is a gag.”

– Charlie Chaplin

 

When it comes to college basketball prognostication, 2011 will be remembered as the Year of the Woman.

Not only did the Roundball Oracles crown our first ever champion from the fairer of the two sexes, three out of the top four finishers were also members of the female persuasion.

It was certainly a chaotic NCAA Tournament this year.  Consider these facts:

 

  • Before the Final Four was even played, our championship was already secured.
  • Only two people (Jesse and I) even got a single Final Four team right. We both got Connecticut right.
  • Our eventual champion’s national champion lost in the 1st Round.
  • 6 people picked Kansas as their champ, 4 picked Duke, 2 people picked Ohio State, 1 person picked Syracuse, 1 person picked UCLA, 1 person picked Michigan State, and 1 person picked BYU. None of those teams even made it to the Final Four.
  • Our eventual champion finished in last place last year.
  • Our 3 time defending champ finished in 2nd to last place this year.
  • Only Jesse got 1 of the teams in the championship game (Connecticut) right.

So who is the new Queen of College Basketball Divination?

 





It is Carrie Baier!

 

The Final Standings

Name – Bracket Name – Points – Correct Games – Last Year

  1. Carrie Baier – Izzo – 100 points -41/63 – 21st
  2. Jesse Howard – MeatThermometer – 94 points  – 39/63 – 13th
  3. Linda Toot – LittleSister – 74 points – 38/63 – 9th
  4. Dawn Krause – Duh Winning – 73 points – 34/63 – 3rd
  5. Jason Baier – Duke the Fifth – 72 points – 35/63 – 7th
  6. Corey Faust – Always Go Top Shelf – 69 points – 34/63 – 4th
  7. Christopher D. Bennett – They Call Me Mr. Bennett – 63 points – 31/63 – 18th
  8. Robert Henning – Losing Bracket – 59 points – 32/63 – 8th
  9. Russell Kennerly – StackinWinsLikeJustinBeiber – 59 points – 31/63 – 17th
  10. Andree Jauhari – Floccinaucinihilipilification- 58 points – 31/63 – DNP
  11. Nate Buckingham – White Magic – 57 points – 33/63 – 9th
  12. Tim Peterson – Dominate Monkey – 57 points – 32/63 – 9th
  13. Lowell Davis – Golden voiced hobo lover – 53 points – 34/63 – DNP
  14. Nader Parsaei – Oscar – 51 points – 29/63 – 2nd
  15. Mark Wolfram – Taiwan Hawkeye – 26/63 – 1st
  16. Shaun Kirsch – Lil_Dog – 45 points – 29/63 – DNP
  17. Frank Meiners – Master Picks – 0 points – 0/63 -4th

 

If I were giving an award for the best bracket name, it would clearly go to Andree, but I am not. Perhaps next year.

 

Carrie’s name now sits in the Hall of Champions with the past greats:

Past Champions

2011 – Carrie Baier

2010 – Mark Wolfram

2009 – Mark Wolfram

2008 – Mark Wolfram

2007 – Tim Peterson

2006 – William McAlpine

2005 – William McAlpine

I already can’t wait for the next college basketball season to start and not only because I expect the Cyclones to return to greatness next year. At least I have the Spring Game to look forward to in a couple of weeks. It is football, but it is something.