Chalk rides again

If you think the men’s tournament is Chalk City, check out the women’s bracket: the Elite Eight consists of four #1 seeds and four #2s. (Admittedly, chalkiness is more common on the women’s side, where parity is less pronounced than among the men. But still.) #1-seed Tennessee sealed the deal last night with a 74-64 win over #5 Notre Dame, which is now 0-16 all-time against UT.

The Irish gave the Lady Vols a much better game than they did in an 87-63 loss back in January at the Joyce Center. In this one, ND led at halftime, 33-31. But between about the 18-minute mark and the 13-minute mark of the second half, Tennessee went on a 17-1 run, and Candace Parker wound up with a career-high-tying 34 points. That was just too much for the Irish to overcome.

In my 11th annual women’s pool, six contestants correctly predicted the "all chalk" Elite Eight: Ken Stern, Kevin Pilz, Tom Caputi, Carol LaPlante, Joseph Hiegel and Lisa Velte.

Stern currently leads the pool with 316 out of a possible 352 points. He took first place from Chuck Wessell when #3 Texas A&M beat #2 Duke last night. Wessell, who had picked the Blue Devils, is now second with 313. Pilz is third with 311. Those three contestants are the only ones ahead of the "all favorites bracket," which would have 309 points. Complete standings here and after the jump. Information on who’s still alive to win the pool — 21 contestants in all — here.

Incidentally, I forgot to mention this before, but in the men’s pool (presented by the UCLA Bruins, blah blah blah), 28 contestants got the "all-chalk" Final Four right. Their names are listed after the jump.

The contestants correctly picking the men’s Final Four are: Alex Whitfield, Joseph Hiegel, Chuck Wessell, Robert Dokes, Ken Inadomi, Amy Greca, Chris Mulvey, Shari Long, Ernesto Lopez, Russell Caplin, Jennifer Elam, Dean Thornton, Bridget Saviola, Rachel Wetherill, Gary Kirby, Tom Caputi, Tony Gjolaj, Jeremy Gist, John Chung, Ted Zak, Ginny Zak, Patrick Cullen, Sharon Lee, Trent Kelso, Randy Styles, Bea Duque Long, Blake Hanson and Hannah McLaughin.

Anyway, back to the women’s pool. Here are the current standings. Again, you can also find them here.

11th annual women’s NCAA pool
1. Ken Stern – 316
2. Chuck Wessell – 313
3. Kevin Pilz – 311
4. Tom Caputi – 309
–. *ALL FAVORITES BRACKET* – 309
5. Joseph Hiegel – 304
5. Carol LaPlante – 304
7. Josh Rubin – 300
8. F.X. McGahee – 299
9. Matt Kagan – 298
10. Kevin Hauschulz – 296
10. Joshua Krause – 296
12. Jim Hu – 294
12. Rick Boeckler – 294
14. Colleen Duggan – 293
15. Michael Rosenkrantz – 292
16. Jackie Wilson – 291
16. Sean Sullivan – 291
–. *AGGREGATE PICKS BRACKET* – 291
18. Jeremy Gist – 290
18. Ian Auzenne – 290
20. Kay Torg – 289
21. Carolyn Blessing – 288
21. Soren Hammerschmidt – 288
21. Rachel Wetherill – 288
24. Bill Pancoast – 287
25. Jeff Freeze – 286
25. Ken Wagner – 286
27. Gary Atkinson – 284
28. Don LaPlante – 283
28. Steve Leys – 283
30. Gary Kirby – 281
30. Tyler Condon – 281
32. Stacey Dubois – 279
32. Mark Gardner – 279
32. Scott Loomer – 279
32. Gerry deSimas – 279
36. Pat Caplin – 275
36. Scott Paine – 275
38. Greg Kagan – 274
39. Peter Timbrell – 272
40. Conor Sullivan – 271
40. Kristy LaPlante – 271
42. Mike Wiser – 269
42. Leanna Loomer – 269
42. Kevin Curran – 269
45. David Kreutz – 268
46. Kristy McCray – 267
46. Matt Thomsen – 267
46. Dan Port – 267
49. Greg Plank – 266
50. Lisa Velte – 265
51. Matt Wiser – 264
51. Ryan Dalidowitz – 264
53. Jeff Vaca – 262
53. Brandon Minich – 262
53. Randy Styles – 262
56. Dave Whelan – 260
57. Kelly Strutz – 259
58. Patrick Roach – 257
58. Ted Zak – 257
60. Becky Loy – 256
60. Joanna Rubin – 256
62. Brian Dupuis – 255
62. Brendan Loy – 255
64. Sandy Berman – 254
65. Amy Aemisegger – 252
65. Rose Holden – 252
67. Jeff Morrison – 249
68. Steve Duvernay – 245
68. Jay Johnson – 245
68. Chris Aemisegger – 245
68. Jennifer Elam – 245
72. Bonnie Stone – 244
73. M.T. Swanson – 241
74. Joyce Kohler – 239
75. Jessica Osborne – 238
76. Andrew Long – 235
77. Danny Pilz – 228
78. Weston Cross – 227
79. Chris Bravo – 226
80. Bob Lutts – 225
81. Joe Loy – 222
82. Toby, Sasha and Butter Zak Loy – 213
83. Katrina Lewonczyk – 211
83. Kim Stone – 211
85. Yvette Webster – 209
86. Ginny Zak – 208
87. Rosalie Town – 200
88. Jen Ham – 181
89. Robbie Loy – 156

2 Responses to “Chalk rides again”

  1. Scott says:

    Don’t you think it is amazing that 28 people picked all number 1’s even though it has never happened before? I’m just sayin….

  2. Jim Hu says:

    There goes the all-chalk for the women, as LSU beats UNC. Here’s hoping for another 2 over 1 tonight, and an upset of the Vols tomorrow!