Businesses also playing Bracket Mania contest
In addition to the 350-plus players participating in Bracket Mania this year, our 20 advertising sponsors have a couple contests of their own.
Each business has been asked to pick who they think will win the national championship. If they are correct on their pick, they will receive discounted advertising in a Yadkin Valley Sports magazine of their choice for 2012-13.
Also, we randomly assigned each of the 64 teams in the NCAA field to our advertising sponsors. Our advertisers will win a month’s worth of advertising on our Web site if they have a team reach the Final Four and a second month if one of their teams wins the NCAA title.
To make sure each business had a chance at the top teams, we threw all 20 of their names in a hat. Then we drew each one out and matched it to one of the top 20 seeded teams in the field. We did that for the next 20 teams, then the next 20. Four advertisers then were chosen at random to receive one of the four remaining teams (which happened to be the four No. 16 seeds).
The four No. 1 seeds went to Marvin’s Garage (Syracuse), Cook Insurance Agency (Michigan State), Wilkes Regional Medical Center (Kentucky) and Mark’s Guns (North Carolina).
Cook Insurance also got an in-state team with UNC Asheville. Wilkes Community College was paired with NC State, while Cook’s Sporting Goods was assigned Duke. Dr. David Cline, a dentist in Elkin, was given Florida State, the recently crowned ACC champions.
We’ll reveal which teams all our advertisers picked to win the tournament at a later time. For now, here are the 64 teams and which business they were randomly assigned to:
Cook Insurance Agency
Wilkes Regional Medical Center
Wilkes Community College
San Diego State
Marvins Garage Doors
Custom Heating and Cooling
Animal Ark of Elkin
Long Beach State
Cook’s Sporting Goods
South Dakota State
Dr. David Cline Dentist
New Mexico State