Congratulations to Benjamin Combs, gage vestal10 and Frank Miller. That trio finished 1-2-3 in our second annual Bracket Mania contest, picking up prize money for their efforts. Combs, a student-athlete at Starmount High School, had already wrapped up the top prize of $100 before the Kentucky-Kansas game even tipped off Monday night.
A trio of basketball guards from the Yadkin Valley has been invited to play in this summer’s N.C. East-West All-Star game in Greensboro. Wilkes Central’s Paige Love, Mount Airy’s Jordan Hiatt and North Surry’s Morgan Midkiff all led their teams to strong conference finishes and solid playoff runs this past winter.
It was roughly 30 hours before the tipoff of the final Virginia Tech-Virginia game of his career, and his teammates were practicing, going over UVa’s tendencies while rehearsing their own plan of attack. Victor Davila stood on the baseline, watching. Each time he moved, he resembled an older man instead of a strapping, young adult who turned 23 a week after the crack of the new year.
Kentucky and Kansas haven’t played for the national championship yet, but we already have a winner in our Bracket Mania contest.
While many of our NCAA brackets have been busted since the first weekend of the tournament, a number of businesses sponsoring our Bracket Mania contest have reason to pay close attention to the Final Four this weekend.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is down to four teams – Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville and Ohio State. Our second-annual Bracket Mania contest here at YadkinValleySports.com is down to the Super Seven.
One survived and one got sent home. UNC will live to play another day in the NCAA Tournament, outlasting scrappy Ohio in overtime. NC State came oh-so-close against Kansas, falling short at the buzzer.
We’ve lost our first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament (Michigan State), and we’ve also seen our field of potential Bracket Mania winners narrowed even further. Coming out of Thursday night’s games, there are now 94 of our 411 pickers who are still in the running for a top three finish.
In a matter of a few days, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament field of 68 has been reduced to 16 teams. In that same span, our Bracket Mania contest field has been reduced from 411 players down to 217. Well, everyone is still playing our contest, but only 217 can mathematically finish in the top three at this point.
Another day, another leader for our Bracket Mania contest.Emily Chipman takes over our contest lead after Saturday’s action in the NCAA Tournament. Chipman was correct on all eight games played Saturday and had 25 of 32 picks correct during the Thursday-Friday rounds.
The first day of the NCAA Tournament was pretty mundane overall. Not a lot of drama, and only two higher seeds advanced past the favorites. Day two was madness indeed.
Day one of the NCAA Tournament is in the books, so how is your bracket holding up?
For Bracket Mania contest player Max Wagoner, things couldn’t be better. After day one, Wagoner’s bracket is still perfect – 16 games, 16 correct picks. Wagoner nailed VCU’s win over Wichita State, Colorado’s victory over favored UNLV and the 14 higher seeds who advanced. Congrats to Max.
The games have started in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and our Bracket Mania 2012 contest has tipped off! We have 411 players in this year’s contest – nearly double the number who entered last season! Thanks to everyone for playing. Best wishes to your brackets!
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.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off in earnest on Thursday at noon, so you only have a few more hours to make your picks for our second annual Yadkin Valley Sports Bracket Mania contest.