[UPDATE: Here’s the bracket index. Each contestant’s name is a link to his/her bracket. Also, here’s the pool standings page, currently sorted in alphabetical order, as everyone is obviously tied at zero.]
The most popular champion picks are the four #1 seeds: North Carolina (33%), UCLA (18%), Kansas (14%) and Memphis (8%). The most commonly predicted first-round upset winners: #10 St. Mary’s (62%), #9 Texas A&M (57%), #9 Kent State (54%), #11 St. Joseph’s (47%) and #10 Davidson (45%).
We have a total of 244 contestants — a number that may fluctuate slightly if I end up having to disqualify anyone, or if I get any slightly late entries with, um, sufficient indicia of reliability, as we might say for evidence purposes. :) Regardless, this is the second-largest Living Room Times pool ever, behind last year’s 263 but ahead of the previous year’s 218.
The total of 244 includes five entries that you might call quasi-contestants: two dog brackets (one for Robbie Loy, my dog, and one for Willie Wheaten, Ken Inadomi’s dog), two cat brackets (one for Kristin’s kitten, Zoe West, and one for our cats, Toby, Sasha & Butter, who collaborated on a single bracket this year), and one baby bracket (for Loyette Loy — yeah, I made an exception to the "no nicknames" rule for my own daughter, so sue me). In order to maintain the "one entry per person" rule, these contestants are ineligible for the championship t-shirt, and if one of them were to win the pool, I would probably treat the top, uh, adult human contestant as at least a co-champion for historical purposes. :)
P.S. Jenna Auriemma, daughter of Geno, isn’t the only kinda sorta famous person in the pool. We’ve also got the "West F***in’ Virginia" guy, Eddie Regan. Who did he pick to win the national championship? West F***in’ Virginia, of course!
We’ve also got a Notre Dame law professor, Rick Garnett, and two judges on the Tennessee Court of Appeals in the pool: my boss, Charles Susano, and his colleague, Sharon Lee. Judge Lee is pretty excited right now because she picked #14-seed Georgia, which leads #3 Xavier 35-26 at halftime. Personally, I’m just really, really glad I changed my mind about Xavier going all the way to the national championship game. Otherwise I’d be a complete wreck right now.