Walt's 26th NCAA Men's College Basketball
Tournament Pool


April 7, 2014 11:30 pm Easter Daylight Time
  Tournament Complete
 

News:
Final standings are posted! Congrats to 1st place winner Andrea Stilwell, and other winners: Ed Durica, Chris Zenisek, Julie McCool, and Walt Meier! Stats pages are updated or will be soon. UConn becomes the first #7 seed to win the tournament and ties Duke for the most championships since the start of the 64-team bracket in 1985; they also take over the top spot in wins per tournament appearance.

Walt's Picks are here and here.

Rules &
Information
Stats/Previous Results
Reports/Scoring

Hall of Pool Champions
Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2014
Andrea Stilwell
Ed Durica
Chris Zenisek
2013
Ken Slater
Derek Chu
Andrea Darden, Ed Durica
2012
Mark Kane
Gerald Hall
Walt Meier
2011
Karan Tierney
Jason Scheller
Adam Schwartz
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. For the 26th pool, I'm going back to tradition and the inaugural pool format without bonus points. Points are awarded for correct picks in each round as follows:
 

Round
Points/Game
Possible
Points/Round
Cumulative
Possible Points
1st
1
32
32
2nd
2
32
64
3rd
4
32
96
4th (Final Four)
7
28
124
5th (Final Game)
11
22
146
6th (Champion)
16
16
162

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.  In honor of 25 years since I started running the pool, there are up to four special bonus prizes:

        1. Most points in the first round (tie-breaker is most points in next round until tie is broken) - Congrats to Chris Zenisek

        2. Most points after the 2nd round (tie-breaker is most points in next round until tie is broken) - Congrats to Walt Meier

        3. Correctly picking all 32 first round games (one winner, first tie-breaker is entry that wins the least amount of regular prize money, 2nd tiebreaker is most wins in 2nd round games, 3rd round games, etc., as necessary) - sorry, no winner!

        4. Correctly picking all four Final Four teams (one winner, tie-breaker is entry that wins the least amount of regular prize money) - sorry, no winner!


Email for more information each of the above bonus prizes.


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 four play-in games will not be part of the pool.  You may pick either the higher 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

This year's honorary pool entry belongs to Vladimir Putin. He doesn't know much about college basketball, but I wouldn't bet against him. I heard he spent $51 billion on his entry. And if he doesn't win, he'll just invade the winner's house and steal the victory.

Honorary Pool Entries
Vladimir Putin, 2014
Manti Te'o, 2013
Kim Kardashian, 2012
Charlie Sheen, 2011
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 68) teams, through the 2014 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 entries from all participants through almost the entire history 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, 2010-2014
Complete Results Summary: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Finally, you can check trends in pool participation and results with the Participation Summary 1990-2014 and the Points Summary 1990-2014.

Participant Role of Honor (through 2014 pool)

2014 New Participants
Marcus Darden
Mike DeFlorio
Luke King
David Koenig
Karen Maegley
Steven Silk
Carlos Szalankiewicz

25-Year Club
Dave Cho
Walt Meier

20-Year Club

Todd Arbetter
Derek Chu
Ian Gravseth
Alison Hall
Mark Kane
Tom Meier
Mark Potts (new 2014)
Kim Schwartz
Ken Slater
Craig Tierney
Mark Tschudi (new 2014)

15-Year Club
Brady Brown (new 2014)
Tom Campbell
Mike Cha
Bob Culp
Tom Gardner
Hank Gilday
Jeremy Meier (new 2014)
Tom Norton
Mark Potts
Walt Schwartz
Karan Tierney

10-Year Club
Lisa Beinetti
Pat Binning
Mike Burger
Andy Dorsey
Angie Dorsey
Ed Durica
Jen Grotpeter (new 2014)
Gavin Hall
Gerald Hall
Mike Hall
Dave Kalahar
Kevin Lewis
Indra McAlpine
Adrian Meier (new 2014)
Dave Nissenson
Haejin Potts (Kim)
Adam Schwartz
Cecily Steppe
David Smith
Andrea Stilwell (new 2014)
Greg Wilson
Chris Zenisek
Dave Zenisek