Gary Kirby wins NIT Pool

Gary Kirby, a.k.a. “Gahrie,” won the 3rd annual BrendanLoy.com NIT Pool when West Virginia beat Clemson in the championship game Thursday night, just as Kirby’s bracket predicted. He is the only contestant to successfully predict both finalists and the champion.

Last year’s runner-up, Kirby make just five mistakes in 31 games this year, finishing with 268 out of a possible 317 points. He erred on 2 of the 16 first-round games, 2 of 8 regional semifinals, and 1 of 4 regional finals. Although the numerical scores can’t be compared directly to previous years’ pools because of changes to the NIT’s format, Kirby got 84.5% of the available points, which easily beats the previous winning totals, Tom K.’s 48.4% in 2005 and Brad Miller’s 73.1% in 2006.

Kirby, who attended USC from 1983 to 1987, is the second Trojan to win a BrendanLoy.com NIT pool. K., the champion of the first annual pool, is a 2003 ‘SC grad.

I figure a pool championship is worth a gratuitous blog link, so… please check out Kirby’s blog, Gahrie’s Grumbles and Groans. :)

Colleen Duggan, a 2005 graduate of Sacred Heart University, finished second with 234 points — a record 34 points behind Kirby. (K.’s and Miller’s margins in ’05 and ’06 were 2 and 16 points, respectively.) She would have won the pool if Clemson had won Thursday’s title game.

Michigan senior Cam Thomas finished third with 218 points. TCU grad Dana O’Shea was fourth with 213. Notre Dame law student Stephen Leys rounded out the top five with 211 points.

Full final standings are here and after the jump.

1. Gary Kirby – 268
2. Colleen Duggan – 234
3. Cam Thomas – 218
4. Dana O’Shea – 213
5. Stephen Leys – 211
6. Jon Rosen – 209
7. Joel Thrift – 207
8. Scott Schmidt – 202
8. Brian Sump – 202
10. Jeremy Boht – 199
11. Bryan Sinche – 194
12. Ted Zak – 192
13. Matthew J Boyle – 191
14. Kendall Houk – 184
15. Brandon Minich – 180
16. Kevin Hauschulz – 174
17. Steve Ivey – 173
18. Abby Nickerson – 172
18. Dan Dinunzio – 172
20. Andrew Hunter – 170
20. Andy Wendeln – 170
22. Tyler Condon – 169
23. Kevin Stockdill – 168
23. Derek Poore – 168
25. Joe Boyle – 164
26. Jeff Freeze – 159
26. Tim Wiseman – 159
28. David Kreutz – 154
28. Daniel Port – 154
30. Frank Nolan – 153
31. Brandon Cox – 152
31. Ian Auzenne – 152
31. Tim Brothers – 152
31. Josh Krause – 152
31. Chris Aemisegger – 152
36. Diane Huffman – 150
37. Greg Shtraks – 149
37. Nate Evangelista – 149
37. Patrick Roach – 149
40. Jennifer Elam – 147
40. Greg Rauen – 147
42. Carol LaPlante – 146
42. Randy Styles – 146
44. Lauren Taylor – 142
44. Don LaPlante – 142
46. Tom K. – 140
46. Mike Thompson – 140
46. Kyle Jen – 140
49. Neel Varde – 138
50. Mike Quinn – 132
50. Andrew Long – 132
50. Larry Caplin – 132
50. Tommy Murray – 132
50. Chris Doherty – 132
55. Matt Wiser – 130
55. Brian Paine – 130
55. Todd Mefferd – 130
58. Mark Gardner – 127
59. Charles Fenwick – 124
59. Kristen Everson – 124
59. Scott Fort – 124
59. Ray Peterson – 124
63. Brian Nicholson – 123
64. Sean Sullivan – 122
64. Wilson Loftis – 122
66. Kate Spitz – 120
67. Brendan Loy – 118
68. Nick Voelker – 117
68. Cam McLachlan – 117
70. Mike Menter – 115
71. Matt Metcalf – 114
71. Greg Hall – 114
71. Gerry deSImas, Jr., – 114
74. Jessica Cowans – 111
74. Justin Gardner – 111
74. Rob Atherton – 111
77. Rick Boeckler – 107
77. Jeremy Gist – 107
77. Michael Rosenkrantz – 107
80. Stephen Densmore – 105
81. Mike Bowman – 104
82. Josh Britton – 100
83. Mike Wiser – 90
83. Jon Caplin – 90
85. Blake Coe – 86
85. Jeremy Bronson – 86
85. Danny Pilz – 86
88. Jay Johnson – 76
88. Soren Hammerschmidt – 76
90. Katrina Lewonczyk – 69
91. Jen H. – 67
92. Becky Loy – 52
93. Bob Lutts – 48

2 Responses to “Gary Kirby wins NIT Pool”

  1. gahrie says:

    Uhmm..in the interests of full disclosure….I attended USC from 1983-1987.

    However I made two mistakes.

    1) I took all the interesting upper division Political Science and International Relations courses first.

    2) I was somewhat less than motivated in my lower division requirements. (for instance I took cinema 190 three times and still never managed to quite complete the course.)

    So while I consider myself a Trojan..I didn’t actually graduate from USC.

    (and I don’t regret a single second of my time there.)

  2. Brendan Loy says:

    Haha… thanks for the clarification… I will re-word the post. :)