CougCenter Bracket Challenge: I AM NOT IN LAST PLACE!!!!!!

So much for picking the rest of my games right and storming from behind to win this thing. Thanks to Pitt and the worst five seconds of defense you will ever see -- "I was getting ready for overtime," said DeJuan Blair, which is all you need to know about why Pitt is not in the Final Four -- I am now, once and for all, relegated to bystander in the CougCenter Bracket Challenge.

Which isn't all that bad, considering I can now do no worse than a tie for 43rd place. It should be noted that 43rd is not last. I'm just sayin.

At the top, 02Coug continues to lead, but no longer controls his own destiny. That honor belogs to others, most notably Pman, who wins in three of the eight possible scenarios, including any scenario in which North Carolina -- which has to be considered the favorite at this point -- wins it all. 

The most interesting scenario involves NY Cougs, the only one in the entire challenge to pick Villanova to win. Guess he knew a little more than I, who picked Villanova to lose to American in the opener. (Whoops!)

Here are the eight different ways it could potentially play out, with a little assist from the Yahoo! scenario generator:

  • UConn and UNC win, UNC wins it all: Pman wins it all, with Grady ensuring that someone around here looks like they know what they're talking about by finishing second.
  • MSU and UNC win, UNC wins it all: Pman again wins it all.
  • UConn and UNC win, UConn wins it all: displacedcoug wins it all.
  • UConn and Villanova win, UConn wins it all: 02Coug hangs on to win by four points over displacedcoug.
  • UConn and Villanova win, Villanova wins it all: NYCougs jumps all the way up from 25th(!) to win it all.
  • MSU and Villanova win, Villanova wins it all: Again, NYCougs wins it all.
  • MSU and UNC win, MSU wins it all: Pman again wins it all.
  • MSU and Villanova win, MSU wins it all: Shadycoug jumps up from fifth to edge num204 by a point.

Since I'm just arrogant enough to think you all care, my top end is 25th in pretty much any scenario where UConn beats Michigan State.

Full standings after the jump.

 

Rank
Bracket
Finals
Points
Possible Pts
1 02Coug Connecticut 95 143
2 Pman North Carolina 94 158
3 displacedcoug Connecticut 91 155
4 WazzuCougar02 Pittsburgh 90 90
5 Shadycoug Louisville 88 104
6 num204 Pittsburgh 87 103
7 LeaveItToWeaver Louisville 86 86
8 Saved by Capers North Carolina 83 147
8 WSU Tru Coug North Carolina 83 131
8 dflynnwsu North Carolina 83 131
8 From Way Downtown North Carolina 83 131
12 wsuakl86 North Carolina 81 129
12 TiltingRight Pittsburgh 81 81
14 Cougwatch Connecticut 80 128
15 HitKing69 Pittsburgh 79 95
15 SuperShadow Louisville 79 79
17 james_WSU North Carolina 78 142
17 DCinSEA Pittsburgh 78 78
17 Kyle's Bracket Pittsburgh 78 78
20 johnnycougar Pittsburgh 76 76
21 Taylor Rochestie's Scholarship Connecticut 75 123
21 Bracket Pick Graveyard Connecticut 75 123
23 JimTheCoug Pittsburgh 74 74
24 jj_fekl Pittsburgh 73 73
25 cougars16 North Carolina 72 136
25 NYCougs Villanova 72 120
25 LAtona Coug Louisville 72 72
28 rcm_rx7 Connecticut 70 118
28 BigWood Pittsburgh 70 70
28 907coug Pittsburgh 70 70
28 bertel Louisville 70 70
32 JonF Memphis 69 69
33 Dancing Football Louisville 68 68
34 Gocougs Louisville 67 83
34 SW WA Coug Pittsburgh 67 67
36 StraightOuttaPullman Pittsburgh 66 66
36 thecassino Louisville 66 66
38 Philkid3 North Carolina 65 113
38 Paul Thomas Pittsburgh 65 65
38 Peaty411s Louisville 65 65
41 K-Coug Louisville 63 63
42 cougclayton Pittsburgh 62 62
43 Nuss * Pittsburgh 60 76
43 MattPD No Pick 60 60
45 CleenCoug1 Memphis 53 53
* Commissioner

 

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