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BSD Bracket Challenge: Championship Game

A national champion is crowned

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The 2020 simulated NCAA Tournament has come to an end, and I would hate to be anyone who missed even a minute of the exciting action that transpired over the last month. The tournament came down to a battle between two 1 seeds, the Dayton Flyers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, both seeking their first NCAA championship. At the end of a hard fought battle, the Dayton Flyers are your 2020 champions.

The Flyers embodied the adage “defense wins championships,” holding a Gonzaga team that was averaging 81 points per game in the tournament to just 54 points on 37% shooting. Dayton allowed just 52 points per game throughout their run to the title and never allowed a team to score more than Penn State’s 62 points in the Elite Eight.

Though the simulation did not choose a Most Outstanding Player or an All Tournament Team, a panel of experts voted so that we could have some postseason awards. Shockingly, all the players selected tied with 1 vote apiece.

MOP: Obi Toppin (Dayton)

All Tournament Team:

Ryan Woolridge (Gonzaga): 9.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, 2.2 spg

Lamar Stevens (Penn State): 19.3 ppg, 10 rpg

Obi Toppin (Dayton): 10.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 55% shooting

Killian Tillie (Gonzaga): 14 ppg, 7.2 rpg

Luka Garza (Iowa): 10.4 ppg, 12 rpg

Congratulation to the Dayton Flyers on winning their first national championship! And congratulation to “Can We Fire Him Already?” and MarchSadness on tying for first place in the bracket challenge with 760 points. You can see the final results below.