|Through 4th Round Games|
FINAL 4 has been set:
<- Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) a second round (# 15) pick by Dennis Hammer is the highest scorer left in the tournament and should win the leading scorer in the tournament bonus prize ($25 payout)
# 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs # 4 Louisville Cardinals
# 2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs # 2 Kansas Jayhawks
What a weekend of action. The only # 1 seed left in the tournament are the Kentucky Wildcats. I think from most people's perspective they have Kansas vs Kentucky on Monday night for the title, but stranger things have happened. Syracuse and North Carolina going down over the weekend hurt many in our draft game. North Carolina was hurt by the loss of their point guard and they were exposed by the experienced KU team.
I thought Kansas got away with quite a few calls in the Carolina game, especially Thomas Robinson walking on a number of occasions. 3 or 4 of the non calls led to immediate baskets by him including a 3 pointer. I'm yelling walk out loud and even Steve Kerr then commented on it. If 20,000 people in the stands see it, the announcers see it and countless others at home watching see this, how do 3 referees miss these things, gotta wonder sometimes.
No real surprises this year in the Final 4 which is a change from the past couple of years. Louisville might be considered a surprise or overlooked team but they did win the Big East post season tournament so they've played well the past few weeks. Sometimes when you have drafted from a team that has expectations that gets bounced in the first round, like # 4 Louisville losing in the first round to Morehead State last year, you get a little gun shy in revisiting that again the next year in the draft.
This year, the top three in the draft game are pretty darn close. If I'm John or Mike Lehman, I'm not sure who I cheer for in the Saturday Final 4 games. I would think they would love a Louisville vs Ohio State final. Currently, they are leading by 30 points over Rob Stenzel &Jason Schladenhauffen but only have 2 players left and both of their players are on the same team that Stenzel's has their 4 picks remaining with.
Commissioner got hurt bad by Syracuse and North Carolina losing over the weekend but still has an outside shot if it's a Kentucky vs Ohio State final on Monday night.
Through 4th round games - top 4 drafters (1-3 pay):
1st: Mike & John Lehman - 738
2nd: Rob Stenzel / Jason Schladenhauffen - 708
3rd: Steve Krautstrunk - 692
4th: Ken Kremer - 638
Top 3 Leading Scorers in the tournament ($25 to leading scorer):
Leaders: Dennis Hammer's - Deshaun Thomas (Ohio St) - 93 pts (still in)
Mark Noffke's - Jared Sullinger (Ohio St) - 72 pts (still in)
Rob Stenzel's - Pierre Jackson (Baylor) - 70 pts (out)
+/- Leader ($50 payout):
This year, the Childers' team has this pretty much locked up with their <116> point level through 4 games played. They had a number of players that were injured and did not play in the tournament and this of course creates a game played at 0 points. I'm not sure how this part of the game can be corrected. We all heard about Verdell Jones of IU getting injured so I marked his name with an out in the draft file. I also marked Fab Melo of Syracuse as out as well because that was well announced. The only thing I can recommend is doing a little homework on the teams before draft night.
The next closest team behind the Childers' team is SID at <61> so I do not believe they can catch Childers unless all 5 of their players remaining don't score any more in the tournament.
16 Draft Rounds won thus far ($10 / round):
Commissioner 3 rounds - 16, 17, 19
Kremer 3 rounds - 21, 23, 24
Lehman 3 rounds - 11, 25, 28
SID 2 rounds - 20, 26
Stenzel 2 rounds - 5, 14
Trevino 2 round - 9, 10
Childers 1 round - 22
12 Draft Rounds still open - 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,12,13,15,18 & 27