Yes, yes, I know. The NCAA is calling this "round 2." Whatever. "Round 1" was play-in games. This was the real round 1.
We got off to a great start, with most of our scores in the 120's (out of 136). The key exception was Dustin, who had a 140. How did he get 140 points? He picked Tennessee, which already won a play-in game. It's risky but, so far, the strategy has paid off in giving him an extra nine points on top of a near-perfect list of sixteen. It's funny, too: I saw his lineup and thought it was more of a from-the-gut, sentimental list. Shows what I know.
Duke was the biggest goat so far. The idea is that every team on your list will win at least two games. To have a team like Duke go out win-less is a tough blow. Five of us had Duke and the Blue Devils were ranked as high as fourth (13 points per) on Matt's list.
Here are the numbers:
Note: We've been counting play-in games since the NCAA started scheduling higher seeds in those games. This year included a pair of 11's and a pair of 12's, as well as four 16's.