Hello all and welcome to the first-ever Blogger So Dear NCAA Tournament Draft. The format of this contest is simple: each staff member got to select five players and the team with the highest total of points scored from those five players over the course of the NCAA Tournament wins.
BUT WAIT, there's more.
Since five rounds of a snake draft is unfair to the later picks in that round we need there to be a sixth round. Therefore each staff member picked five players and one team. Each win for the selected team is worth ten points (on the same scale that the players' points are calculated).
For example, if Jake have five players who score a total of 75 points in the first day and has Arizona (who hopefully dispatched Weber State) he would have 85 points through day one. As long as Arizona keeps winning, Jake keeps getting the ten points for each victory.
The six positions could be filled in any way the writer saw fit. If someone wanted to take Cal Poly with the number one pick it was allowed with the caveat that First Four games do not count for this contest in any regard.
So without further ado, here was the draft order (randomly generated on the internet) for the first (hopefully annual) BSD NCAA Tournament Staff Fantasy Draft:
The order in even-numbered rounds was reversed, just like a fantasy draft. Therefore Matt got the 8th and 9th picks of the draft and so on, until the six rounds were completed.
Let’s see how the draft shook out:
|Scottie Wilbekin||Doug McDermott||Russ Smith||Gary Harris||Jabari Parker||Nick Johnson||Andrew Wiggins||Montrezl Harrell|
|Joe Harris||Malcolm Brogden||Adreian Payne||Aaron Gordon||Melvin Ejim||Casey Prather||Nik Stauskas||Ron Baker|
|Deandre Kane||Rodney Hood||Frank Kaminsky||Arizona||C.J. Fair||Jordan Adams||Florida||Quinn Cook|
|LaQuinton Ross||Shabazz Napier||Michigan State||Xavier Thames||Caris LeVert||James Bell||Cleanthony Early||Georges Niang|
|Marcus Paige||Kyle Anderson||Michael Fraizer II||Perry Ellis||Treveon Graham||T.J. Warren||Sean Kilpatrick||James Michael McAdoo|
|Wichita State||Kansas||Marcus Smart||Julius Randle||Villanova||Louisville||JayVaughn Pinkston||Virginia|
The draft was conducted over a couple days via email and had several fun moments, including one time where Shayn drafted one player who had already been taken and proceeded to then try to pick another player, who shall remain unnamed (it’s Joel Embiid), who will miss the first two games of the tournament.
Riley stunned the nation early on by taking Florida with the 23rd pick. Will it pay off? We’ll see, but it’s a bold strategy Cotton. Jake estimates he’ll need roughly one and a half Creighton games for Teach Me How To Dougie McBuckets to hit the same 60 point total that Florida gets if they win the title.
I’ve also taken the liberty of giving my projected final standings for anyone interested. Please engage us in debate about who you would have taken number one, who you think is a steal, and who you would have avoided like the plague:
Bart’s Predicted Standings
8. Matt (no hard feelings man, you’re a stud)
Now we don’t even have to play the games since we already know the future.
Standings After Second Round
1. Rob: 105 led by T.J. Warren (28), 1 player eliminated (T.J. Warren)
2. Griffin: 103 led by Adreian Payne (41), 1 player eliminated (Marcus Smart)
3. Riley: 98 led by Cleanthony Early (23), 1 player eliminated (Sean Kilpatrick)
4. Shayn: 97 led by Xavier Thames (23), 0 players eliminated
T5. Jake: 92 led by Dougie McBuckets (30), 1 player eliminated (Rodney Hood)
T5. Matt: 92 led by Georges Niang (24), 1 player eliminated (Quinn Cook)
7. Bart: 81 led by Treveon Graham (19), 2 players eliminated (Jabari Parker, Treveon Graham)
8. Mundy: 76 led by Marcus Paige (19), 1 player eliminated (LaQuinton Ross)
Standings After Saturday's Third Round Games (subject to change)
1. Griffin: 165, 1 player eliminated (Marcus Smart)
2. Shayn: 145, 0 players eliminated
3. Rob: 137, 2 players eliminated (T.J. Warren, James Bell)
4. Riley: 136, 2 players eliminated (Sean Kilpatrick, JayVaughn Pinkston)
T5. Jake: 117, 1 player eliminated (Rodney Hood)
T5. Matt: 112, 1 player eliminated (Quinn Cook)
7. Bart: 112, 4 players eliminated (Jabari Parker, Treveon Graham, C.J. Fair, Villanova)
8. Mundy: 97, 1 player eliminated (LaQuinton Ross)
Join us in some banter on here about the picks, and keep an eye out for the NCAAT Live Thread which will be up sometime this morning. For everyone at work this is a great way to talk about the games while you’re confined to the office.