Walt's 22nd NCAA Men's College Basketball
Tournament Pool


Updated 10:00 pm MDT, April 5, 2010
  Final Standings
News:
4/5 - Final standings are updated. Congrats to winners: Mark, Ann, Rob, Owen, and Andrea
3/18 - Picks are in, games have started - see the Reports/Scoring page below for your entries.
3/17 - Walt's picks are here and here.

Check out the Participant Role of Honor, to be updated after 2010 entries submitted, as well as player participation stats and summary. Tourney stats and team info summaries are updated through 2009.


Rules &
Information
Stats/Previous Results
Reports/Scoring

Hall of Pool Champions
Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2010
Mark Potts
Ann Tierney
Rob Culp
2009
Walt Meier
Gerald Hall
Mike Alway
2008
Gerald Hall
Al Goldsberry
Dave Nissenson
2007
Angie Dorsey
Dave Cho
Andrew Dorsey, Mike Cha
2006
Andrea Smith
Andrew Dorsey
Stacie Johnson
2005
Tom Gardner
Tom Norton
Andrew Dorsey
2004
Pat Binning
Andrew Dorsey
Andrew Dorsey
2003
David Smith
Jacob Krispin, Tom Campbell
  
2002
Greg Wilson Jacob Krispin Dave Nissenson, Indra McAlpine
2001
Haejin Potts Dave Cho Ed Durica
2000
Ron Lumaque Craig Justman Mike Cha
1999
Liz Hendricks Ken Slater Hank Gilday
1998
Mark Tschudi Ian Gravseth Mark Kane
1997
Elizabeth Davis Liz Hendricks Keith Oleson
1996
Jim Hendricks Judy Longman, Chris Karrenburg
 
1995
Dave Kalahar Kelly Luetkmeyer, Derek Chu
 
1994
Tom Campbell Jen Myrick Kim Kane, Mike Burger, Bob Culp
1993
Walt Meier Jim Hendricks, Savas Laskarides
 
1992
Steve Sayeedi John Laskarides Kris Childers
1991
Derek Chu John Laskarides Scott Stephenson
1990
Dave Cho Dave McCain Tom Meier
1989
Jeff Myers Derek Chu  

Information

The rules are basically the same as in previous years, but with bonus points possible for the first two rounds (see below).  Points are awarded for correct picks in each round as follows:
 

Round
Points/Game
Possible
Points/Round
Cumulative
Possible Points
Bonus Points for Upsets
by #9 Seed or Higher*
1st
1
32
32
1 (2 pts/pick total)
2nd
2
32
64
3 (5 pts/pick total)
3rd
4
32
96

4th (Final Four)
7
28
124

5th (Final Game)
11
22
146

6th (Champion)
16
16
162

*New this year:  In response to popular demand to reward upset picks, I’ve added bonus points for picking upsets in the first two rounds.   Bonus points will be awarded as follows:

Round 1:  1 bonus point for any correct upset pick
Round 2:  3 bonus points for any correct upset pick by a team seeded #9 or higher (#9-#16 seeds)

So a correct upset pick in Round 1 gets you a total of 2 points for that pick, and a correct upset pick by a #9 seed or higher gets you a total of 5 points for that pick.

NOTE:  For Round 2, to get the points you must (1) pick the game as an upset (i.e., picking #12 to beat #13 gets you no bonus points), and (2) the game must be an upset (i.e., if you pick #12 to beat #4, but instead #12 beats #13, you get no bonus points).

The tiebreaker for first place is as follows:

If there is a still a tie, the prize will be split evenly.  Ties for all other places will split prizes evenly.  For the "big bonus prize", refer to the email I sent out or ask me for all specific rules and eligibility for that prize.

Bookmark this page to keep track of tournament results and your score throughout the tournament.  Standings will usually be updated by the morning following the completion of each round; they may be updated more frequently depending on how much time I have.  Note that the #64 vs. #65 play-in game will not be part of the pool.  You may pick either the #1 seed in that region or the winner of the play-in game.  If you have questions, please email me at: waltmeier@earthlink.net.

The Rick Neuheisel Honorary Pool Entry

I tried. I really tried. Anyone but him. Just too spot on, too cliched, too..."icky". But no one else came close this year. If he gets to submit one entry for each of his "girlfriends", he has a very good chance of winning. Yes, this year's honorary entry is none other than Tiger Woods. He may not be on the links right now, and he may not be out with the ladies anymore, but in the pool he can still score.

Honorary Pool Entries
Tiger Woods, 2010
Rod Blagojevich, 2009
Bill Belichik, 2008
Al  Gore, 2007
Dick Cheney, 2006
Martha Stewart, 2005
Rick Neuheisel, 2004

George W. Bush, 2003

Pool Statistics and Results

Now, which teams should you pick?  Well, thanks to my assiduous record keeping, I have statistics on all tournament games played since 1985, when the tournament went to 64 (well, now 65) teams, through the 2006 tournament.  These results are listed my Tournament Statistics Page.  Feel free to consult this page for any statistical guidance you may seek, or just for the heck of it. 

And you can also research team-by-team tourney stats for every team that has made the tournament since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 - what seed they had and how far they went in each year!  Check it out within the Tournament Teams Page

Of course, it's not so much who actually wins the games, but who you pick to win the game.  Do you want to see how you've done in the past, maybe decide you need a new strategy?  Or just reminisce over great pools of yore?  Now you can!  The complete breakdown of everyone who has been in the pool since 1990 - all 1092 entries from 224 participants over the past 20 years of the pool (records have been lost for the first year in 1989) are found in the Tournament Participants History Page.

Also, complete year-by-year final standings since 1990 and complete final summaries since 2001 are provided:

Complete Final Standings:  1990-1994, 1995-1999, 2000-2004, 2005-2009, 2010-
Complete Results Summary: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Finally, you can check trends in pool participation and results with the Participation Summary 1990-2010 and the Points Summary 1990-2010.

Participant Role of Honor

2010 New Particpants
Kathleen Thompson
Ann Tierney

20-Year Club

Dave Cho
Walt Meier
Derek Chu (new in 2010)

15-Year Club
Todd Arbetter
Tom Gardner
Ian Gravseth
Alison Hall
Mark Kane
Tom Meier
Tom Norton
Mark Potts
Kim Schwartz
Ken Slater
Craig Tierney
Mark Tschudi

10-Year Club
Pat Binning (new in 2010)
Brady Brown
Mike Burger
Tom Campbell
Mike Cha
Bob Culp
Andy Dorsey (new in 2010)
Ed Durica (new in 2010)
Mike Hall (new in 2010)
Hank Gilday
Dave Kalahar
Indra McAlpine (new in 2010)
Jeremy Meier
Dave Nissenson (new in 2010)
Haejin Potts (Kim) (new in 2010)
Karan Tierney (Goldsberry)
Walt Schwartz