If there is anything the friendly members of the Hoosier Scoop community love, it’s good competition and debate.

So, in that vein, let’s see who can win the Hoosier Scoop bracket challenge.

We’ll host it here, at HeraldTimesOnline.com. Do not worry — it is free. You’ll just have to fill out a simple form and create a name.

When you’re done, leave your username in comments or e-mail it to me at hkellenberger@heraldt.com. I’ll send you an invite to the group.

And 4guards, I am fully expecting you to pick New Mexico to go all the way.

actually , I am predicting New Mexico to lose in the final 4. Alford is a great coach, but come on, this is New Mexico we are talking about.

New Mexico would have to get through these guys first, and if not them, Marquette. Highly unlikely, in either scenario.

Washington Huskies worst team in the entire NCAA. They will lose to Marquette badly and then there will be no more Washington talk here thank God!

Here’s what Washington Huskies basketball looks like!

Video of the Washington Huskies playing the mighty UCLA this year in the very competitive Pac-10.

Washington Huskies. (Motto:

“If anyone can lose to Texas Tech — it’s us.”)Hey Engel, good to see you again.

Same here, Husky — good to see you.

But I am not Engel.

Regardless: best of luck to your Huskies.

Take care.

It was awesome to watch the huskies get dismantled by Purdue last year here in Portland.

Dynasty is my username.

Dank- it was awesome to watch Purdue light up Minnesota a few days ago.

Purdue minus Hummel = IU minus Creek

Purdue is finished…They’ll get eliminated by Sienna. I’m heartbroken.

IU had to endure an entire season what Purdue is experiencing in the last couple weeks ..And PU has a bench to work with! There’s no recovery when you take such a key player out the starting rotation.

Northwestern would have had a better run.

….eliminated by [Siena].

Username = rjhabeeb

Username = Casey.

I know…go figure, right?

My username is MaimLarry. Shock.

Watch out for the Butler Bulldogs.

They could easily fall to UTEP, but just the same there isn’t one team in that bracket that they cannot beat.

Especially if the Cuse Big man is injured at all.

You’ve been warned

DickieVannoysme is my username.

Predictions:

1.) Lobos are your new national champions!

2.) uk (lowercase on purpose) LOSES first round.

Prediction:

1.) Steve loses a lot of money in his bracket pool.

On a side note…

With all the clamor and chatter surrounding the recruitment of Moses Abraham, I, for one, am encouraged and excited about next year’s line-up, whether Abraham commits or not:

Creek*

Jones*

Hulls*

Watford*

Elston*

Off the bench: Roth, as a spot-up shooter instead of a focal point of the offense; Oladipo and Sheehey, as hard working, athletic role players/subs; Capobianco and Pritchard playing spot minutes and providing energy; Rivers, handing out Gatorade to the players that actually see time…

The situation is certainly looking brighter as we continue to progress.

By the way, the * denotes: “presumably bigger, stronger and faster”

DUNC42 add to group

Rivers might not be good enough to hand out Gatorade. You did see him attempt to run the point this year, right?

I’m just glad that someone lese agrees about how untalented that is.

For the record, I haven’t given up on Rivers.

But I think he got more playing time than he actually EARNED this year, simply because we don’t have a lot of options at the point. My hope is that as Hulls matures, Rivers’ role will diminish to the point that he’s not hurting us like he did so many times this year.

I think three things could factor into him being a greater asset for our squad next year:

1.) Creek and Roth will be back. Instead of driving into the lane (which Rivers actually isn’t bad at) and then putting up a bad shot or making a stupid circus pass, Rivers will be able to kick out to a great outside shooter.

2.) Getting a better jumpshot. If Rivers works extremely hard on refining (developing) his shot, he’ll be a much bigger threat. Right now, opponents pretty much know that his only way of scoring is by getting close enough to the basket to lay it in.

3.) Understanding his role. Rivers needs to see the writing on the wall and realize he’s not going to be the focal point of our team as time goes on. If he can understand and embrace his role on the team, he could be valuable.

…a lot of “ifs” though.

Rivers has one of the ugliest looking shots I have seen in recent memory, only matched by John Shurna and Lance Stemler. At least the last two guys can (could) get their shots to fall, although Stemler looked a lot more like Rivers his last year.

The thing that really bothers me about Rivers is he had a whole year to work on his jumpshot while he sat out, a whole season of playing and by all accounts his shot did not improve at all. Few players have the resources available to them that Jeremiah Rivers does. You would think he could show improvement by next season. He either has zero ability or lacks desire to improve.

Sam,

I doubt most players who have gotten as far as D-1 college basketball did so because they had a consistent desire to improve.

I won’t miss Rivers when he’s gone, but he did show the ability to improve his free throw shooting over the course of the season. Maybe he can focus and do the same with his shot in this off-season. Maybe not.

I think we have to walk the line between criticizing his play and calling his character into question. Just because he’s not the best player doesn’t necessarily mean he’s not working hard or doesn’t care. Likewise, while he has resources because of his father’s position, having a dad for a coach doesn’t always translate into being an amazing player.

Plus, I think those “resources” you speak of probably aren’t as available as you think. What, do you think KG and Ray Allen are flying out on weekends to help him with his shot? Or that daddy’s bringing him out to Boston on breaks to help him improve as a point guard.

Rivers has to be on campus just as much as the rest of the team. For most of the year, whether in-season or not, he’s working with the same IU staff as everyone else.

edit: I doubt most players who have gotten as far as D-1 college basketball did so WITHOUT a consistent desire to improve.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times Bracketbusters.

The “best bracket” scores after the first round range from 160 to 280.

The average “best bracket” score is 231.

160 1

170 1

180 3

190 5

200 13

210 31

220 60

230 76

240 80

250 36

260 17

270 4

280 2

Total 329

SUNDAY MORNING RESULTS – 1/2 OF SECOND ROUND COMPLETED

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times Bracketbusters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. The total number of brackets is unknown.

The total points possible at this point is 480 points (32 * 10) + (8 * 20).

The “best bracket” scores range from 370 points to 200 points.

Below are the “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

370 2

360 3

350 7

340 19

330 27

320 51

310 42

300 46

290 47

280 40

270 18

260 11

250 6

240 4

230 4

210 1

200 1

Total 329

The average “best bracket” score is 301.

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 290.

Hey, Sports Guy:

There’s 957 brackets total.

377 of those picked Kansas to win it all … !

0 Northern Iowa

6 Michigan St.

1 Tennessee

62 Ohio State

87 Syracuse

7 Butler

0 Xavier

10 Kansas State

195 UK

0 Cornell

0 Washington

60 West Virginia

84 Duke

2 Purdue

7 Baylor

0 St. Mary’s

Thanks,

td

FRIDAY MORNING RESULTS – 1/2 OF THIRD ROUND COMPLETED

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times Bracketbusters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. A total of 957 brackets were submitted. Therefore, each player submitted an average of 2.9 brackets.

The total points possible at this point is 800 points (32*10 + 16*20 + 4*40).

The “best bracket” scores currently range from 330 points to 600 points.

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

600 2

590 2

580 8

570 7

560 18

550 22

540 24

530 33

520 30

510 38

500 38

490 18

480 16

470 10

460 18

450 7

440 8

430 1

420 6

410 6

400 1

390 4

380 5

370 3

350 1

340 1

330 2

Total 329

The average “best bracket” score is 503. Therefore the average “best bracket” score is 63% of the total possible points (503 divided by 800).

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 484.

Bob Zaltsberg has a “best bracket” score of 470 but is not included in the HTO group. It is not know why Bob Zaltsberg is not in the HTO group.

SATURDAY MORNING RESULTS – FOURTH ROUND COMPLETED

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times BracketBusters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. The 329 players submitted a total of 957 brackets. Therefore, each player submitted an average of 2.9 brackets.

The total points possible at this point is 960 points (32*10 + 16*20 + 8*40).

Each of the 329 players has a “best bracket” score. The 329 players’ “best bracket” scores currently range from 330 points to 680 points (see below).

The average “best bracket” score is 556. Therefore the average “best bracket” score is 58% of the total possible points (556 divided by 960).

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 544.

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

680 2

670 3

660 2

650 5

640 9

630 14

620 15

610 16

600 19

590 22

580 28

570 25

560 27

550 30

540 24

530 12

520 12

510 7

500 9

490 8

480 9

460 10

450 3

430 3

420 2

410 5

400 1

390 2

380 2

370 1

350 1

330 1

Total 329 players

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the percentage rank of each of the scores. For example, a score of 680 is in the top 1% of the players while a score of 610 is in the top 20% of the players.

680 1%

670 2%

660 2%

650 4%

640 6%

630 11%

620 15%

610 20%

600 26%

590 33%

580 41%

570 49%

560 57%

550 66%

540 73%

530 77%

520 81%

510 83%

500 85%

490 88%

480 91%

460 94%

450 95%

430 95%

420 96%

410 98%

400 98%

390 98%

380 99%

370 99%

350 100%

330 100%

SUNDAY MORNING RESULTS

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times BracketBusters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. The 329 players submitted a total of 957 brackets. Therefore, each player submitted an average of 2.9 brackets.

The total points possible as of this morning are 1,120 points (32*10 + 16*20 + 8*40 + 2*80).

Each of the 329 players has a “best bracket” score. The 329 players’ “best bracket” scores currently range from 820 points down to 350 points (see below).

The average “best bracket” score is 596. Therefore the average “best bracket” score is 53% of the total possible points (596 points divided by 1,120 points).

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 552.

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

820 1

810 1

790 1

780 2

770 1

760 2

750 2

740 1

730 3

720 5

710 5

700 4

690 6

680 6

670 15

660 13

650 12

640 17

630 25

620 21

610 16

600 17

590 14

580 14

570 21

560 18

550 13

540 12

530 7

520 5

510 7

500 7

490 4

480 7

470 2

460 8

450 3

430 2

410 5

400 1

380 1

370 1

350 1

Total 329 players

The four players with the lowest “best bracket” scores are Desert Hoosier (350), hankthetank (370), Chill (380), and IUTennis (400).

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the percentage rank of each of the scores. For example, a score of 740 is in the top 3% of the 329 players while a score of 650 is in the top 24% of the 329 players.

820 0.3%

810 0.6%

790 0.9%

780 2%

770 2%

760 2%

750 3%

740 3%

730 4%

720 6%

710 7%

700 9%

690 10%

680 12%

670 17%

660 21%

650 24%

640 29%

630 37%

620 43%

610 48%

600 53%

590 58%

580 62%

570 68%

560 74%

550 78%

540 81%

530 84%

520 85%

510 87%

500 89%

490 91%

480 93%

470 93%

460 96%

450 97%

430 97%

410 99%

400 99%

380 99%

370 100%

350 100%

FOURTH ROUND RESULTS (Sunday night results)

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times Bracket Busters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. The 329 players completed a total of 957 brackets. Therefore, each player submitted an average of 2.9 brackets.

The total points possible through the fourth round is 1,280 points (32*10 + 16*20 + 8*40 + 4*80).

Each of the 329 players has a “best bracket” score. The 329 players’ “best bracket” scores currently range from 920 points down to 350 points (see below).

The average “best bracket” score is 647. Therefore the average “best bracket” score is 51% of the total possible points (647 points divided by 1,280 points).

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 618.

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

920 1

900 1

890 1

880 1

860 1

850 1

840 1

830 2

820 1

810 3

800 4

790 3

780 5

770 5

760 4

750 13

740 5

730 6

720 14

710 15

700 11

690 13

680 12

670 12

660 17

650 20

640 21

630 20

620 16

610 8

600 8

590 8

580 10

570 13

560 5

550 3

540 9

530 3

520 2

510 4

500 4

490 2

480 4

470 2

460 3

450 3

430 1

410 5

400 1

380 1

350 1

Total 329 players

The three players with the lowest “best bracket” scores are Desert Hoosier (350), Chill (380), and IUTennis (400).

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the percentage rank of each of the scores. For example, a score of 810 is in the top 4% of the 329 players while a score of 700 is in the top 30% of the 329 players.

920 0.3%

900 0.6%

890 0.9%

880 1.2%

860 1.5%

850 1.8%

840 2.1%

830 3%

820 3%

810 4%

800 5%

790 6%

780 8%

770 9%

760 10%

750 14%

740 16%

730 18%

720 22%

710 26%

700 30%

690 34%

680 37%

670 41%

660 46%

650 52%

640 59%

630 65%

620 70%

610 72%

600 74%

590 77%

580 80%

570 84%

560 85%

550 86%

540 89%

530 90%

520 91%

510 92%

500 93%

490 94%

480 95%

470 95%

460 96%

450 97%

430 98%

410 99%

400 99%

380 100%

350 100%

Below are the final results of the Herald Times 2010 NCAA Basketball Bracket Busters:

First place – young kid

Second place – tspan18

Third place – coop_doggy_dog

The above three players each picked Duke to win the NCAA championship. These three players will come in first, second, and third regardless of whether Duke or Butler wins the championship game Monday night.

There are 329 players in the Hoosier Times Bracket Busters. Each of the 329 players completed from 1 to 5 brackets. The 329 players completed a total of 957 brackets. Therefore, each player submitted an average of 2.9 brackets.

Out of the 957 total brackets in the HT Bracket Busters only 7 brackets picked Butler to win the championship game while 84 brackets picked Duke to win the championship. Therefore, only 91 brackets, or 1.2% of the total brackets, are still alive in the pool while 98.8% of the brackets are now dead.

Of the 7 brackets that picked Butler to win the tournament, Dirty Dawgs (bracket 4) currently has the highest score of 790 points.

If Butler wins the NCAA championship game then Dirty Dawgs will have 950 points (790 + 160) and will finish 5th in the pool behind young kid (1,040 points), tspan18 (1,010), coop_doggy_dog (1,000) and mickthegreek (970).

FIFTH ROUND RESULTS (through the two Saturday night games)

The total points possible through the fifth round is 1,520 points (32*10 + 16*20 + 8*40 + 4*80 +2*120).

Each of the 329 players has a “best bracket” score. The 329 players’ “best bracket” scores currently range from 350 points to 1,040 points (see below).

The average “best bracket” score is 685. Therefore the average “best bracket” score is 45% of the total possible points (685 points divided by 1,520 points).

The average “best bracket” score of the HTO group (TheColdWar, twd, iugradtwotimes, HughKellenberger, JeremyPrice) is 642.

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the number of players with each score.

1040 1

1010 1

1000 1

970 1

930 2

920 1

900 2

890 1

880 2

870 4

860 6

850 4

840 4

830 5

820 9

810 7

800 12

790 9

780 9

770 7

760 6

750 20

740 8

730 9

720 11

710 10

700 9

690 8

680 8

670 5

660 10

650 19

640 11

630 13

620 12

610 2

600 6

590 6

580 8

570 10

560 4

550 3

540 8

530 3

520 2

510 3

500 4

490 2

480 4

470 2

460 3

450 3

430 1

410 5

400 1

380 1

350 1

Total 329 players

The three players with the lowest “best bracket” scores are Desert Hoosier (350), Chill (380), and IUTennis (400).

Below are the 329 “best bracket” scores and the percentage rank of each of the scores. For example, a score of 880 is in the top 4% of the 329 players while a score of 750 is in the top 35% of the 329 players.

1040 0.3%

1010 0.6%

1000 0.9%

970 1.2%

930 1.8%

920 2.1%

900 2.7%

890 3%

880 4%

870 5%

860 7%

850 8%

840 9%

830 11%

820 13%

810 16%

800 19%

790 22%

780 25%

770 27%

760 29%

750 35%

740 37%

730 40%

720 43%

710 46%

700 49%

690 51%

680 54%

670 55%

660 58%

650 64%

640 67%

630 71%

620 75%

610 76%

600 78%

590 79%

580 82%

570 85%

560 86%

550 87%

540 89%

530 90%

520 91%

510 92%

500 93%

490 94%

480 95%

470 95%

460 96%

450 97%

430 98%

410 99%

400 99%

380 100%

350 100%

Of the 957 brackets in the HT Bracket Busters, 377 (39%) brackets picked Kansas (#1 seed) to win the championship, 195 (20%) picked Kentucky (#1 seed) to win the championship, 87 (9%) picked Syracuse (#1 seed), and 84 (9%) picked Duke (#1 seed). Therefore, 743 or 78% of the total 957 brackets picked a #1 seed to win the NCAA championship.