Walt's 27th NCAA Men's College Basketball
Tournament Pool


April 6, 2015 11:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
  Tournament Complete
 

News:

Congratulations to the winners!:

1st: Jeff King
2nd: Karan Tierney
3rd: Derek Chu
4th: Mark Kane
Last: Logan Nittle

Rules &
Information
Stats/Previous Results
Reports/Scoring

Hall of Pool Champions
Year 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2015
Jeff King
Karan Tierney
Derek Chu
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. 

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 Brian Williams. Now that he has some time on his hands, he's submitting an entry. He reminded me that he won the very first pool I ran in 1989. While the records have been lost, I have no reason to doubt his story. As he said, he not only won, but he got a perfect score - didn't miss a single game. And actually, several years earlier, he invented college basketball pools. And his great grandfather gave the idea of basketball to his classmate, James Naismith, but Jimmy betrayed him and took credit for the invention himself.

Honorary Pool Entries
Brian Williams, 2015
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 1990-2015 and the Points Summary 1990-2014.

Participant Role of Honor (through 2015 pool)

2015 New Participants
Paul Abrams
Shelly Abrams
Alex Davies
Greg Fisanich
Alice Geber
Michael Johnson
Jim Maher
Chris Nittle
Logan Nittle
Tim Nittle
Kati Petersburg
Clay Zenisek
Deann Zenisek
Reese Zenisek

25-Year Club
Dave Cho
Derek Chu
Walt Meier

20-Year Club

Todd Arbetter
Ian Gravseth
Alison Hall
Mark Kane
Tom Meier
Mark Potts
Kim Schwartz
Ken Slater
Craig Tierney
Mark Tschudi

15-Year Club
Pat Binning
Brady Brown
Tom Campbell
Mike Cha
Bob Culp
Andy Dorsey
Ed Durica
Tom Gardner
Hank Gilday
Michael Hall
Indra McAlpine
Jeremy Meier
Dave Nissenson
Tom Norton
Mark Potts
Walt Schwartz
Karan Tierney

10-Year Club
Mike Alway
Lisa Beinetti
Tom Culp
Mike Burger
Angie Dorsey
Jen Grotpeter
Gavin Hall
Gerald Hall
Dave Kalahar
Kevin Lewis
Adrian Meier
Haejin Potts (Kim)
Owen Potts
Adam Schwartz
Cecily Steppe
David Smith
Andrea Stilwell
Greg Wilson
Chris Zenisek
Dave Zenisek