|Through 4th Round Games|
FINAL 4 has been set:
<- Trevino team's 7th round pick pick, 67th overall, Shabazz Napier of U Conn has been great. He is the leading scorer in the tournament with 93 points for a 23.3 average. He is ahead (19 points) of the next closest active player Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.
FINAL 4 GAMES ON SATURDAY APRIL 5TH
# 7 Connecticut Huskies vs # 1 Florida Gators
# 8 Kentucky Wildcats vs # 2 Wisconsin Badgers
What a great weekend of basketball, some of the best games I've seen in the tournament in quite a while. As was the case last year, there's only one # 1 seed left in the tournament and that's the Florida Gators and they look like a solid veteran team who make few mistakes. How can anyone make an argument saying the Elite 8 games were not great. The biggest "blowout" was the 10 point win by Florida over Dayton otherwise, U Conn beat Michigan State by 6, Kentucky took care of Michigan by 3 and of course the dramatic Wisconsin win over Arizona in overtime by 1 point on Saturday night. What a great game, Frankie Kaminsky came to play didn't he?
Arizona, Michigan and Michigan State losing in the Elite 8 games definitely will have an affect on the outcome of our draft game. Each of these 3 teams lost to a seed that was higher (lower in rank) than them but hey who thinks Kentucky might have been misseeded this year? When those 3 teams lost, 22 draft picks were eliminated from the game while 16 others lived to see another game.
As has happened recently in the past, # 3 Duke lost again in the first round to # 14 Mercer. I'm not sure I want to draft anybody from a team that is seeded 5th in a region as three more # 12 seeds won this year and the only # 5 seed that did win in the first round was Saint Louis and they needed a lot of help getting past North Carolina State.
This year, after 4 games played, there is a rather large gap between current leader Rob Stenzel's position and even 2nd place SID team for that matter. That should change due to the fact that Rob does not have any players remaining in the tournament while the SID team has 7 picks still remaining, although it appears Willie C-Stein for Kentucky will probably not play this weekend. I expect SID to jump to the lead (and win this year) after Saturday night's games. I expect Team Noffke to remain in 3rd place and depending on the U Conn Florida final, John Lehman to remain in 4th place and out of the money this year.
Three draft teams do not have a player left in the tournament this year, Rob Stenzel, Dennis Hammer & Matt Krautstrunk.
Through 4th round games - top 4 drafters (1-3 pay):
1st: Rob Stenzel - 716
2nd: SID made up of Bill Starkweather, Don Owens, Drew & John Logan - 655
3rd: Mark & Steve Noffke & Bruce Martin - 640
4th: John Lehman - 605
Top 4 Leading Scorers in the tournament ($25 to leading scorer):
Leaders: Ralph Trevino's - Shabazz Napier (U Conn) - 93 pts (still in)
Mark Noffke's - Adreian Payne (Michigan St) - 82 pts (out)
Matt Krautstrunk's - Xavier Thames (San Diego St) - 78 pts (out)
Steve Krautstrunk's - Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) - 74 pts (still in)
+/- Leader ($50 payout):
This year, the Ken Kremer team is in the lead for this payout with a cumulative <106> points through 4 games played. They have 4 draft picks with double digit negative scoring for the tournament. Right behind is the Commissioner who has 7 draft picks with double digit negative points scored. The Commish is at <98> points in the tournament.
On the other side of the equation, Rob Stenzel finished up at a + 60 points above regular season average, scored in the tournament. Rob is the only drafter who isn't in the cumulative negative amount for the tournament. I cannot for the life of me explain how 18th round pick Jordan Morgan of Michigan, who averaged 5.5 a game this season finishes with 51 points over 4 games for a plus 29 point total. Another Stenzel pick, Branden Dawson of Michigan State at 9.7 per game reg season finishes the tournament with 65 points for a + 26 total. You want a couple more? 16th round pick, Tarik Black of Kansas, a 4.8 pts a game scorer in the reg season goes for 30 points in 2 games for + 20 points total and Luke Hancock Louisville drafted in third round finishes at +20 points in only 3 games played. It's no wonder there's a 224 point separation between Stenzel and Ken Kremer's team.
Side note, Rob did draft Joel Embiid of Kansas who did drag down his overall +60 total because Embiid was not expected to play opening weekend so he finished at <22> for the 2 games he did not play but Kansas did.
23 Draft Rounds won or declared win at ($15 / round) because we had 11 drafters:
Seymour team 4 rounds - 5, 12, 16, 25
Noffke team 3.5 rounds - 8, 11, 15(tie), 17
Matt Krautstrunk 3 rounds - 2, 13, 20
SID team 3 rounds - 9, 19, 26
Keuper team 2 rounds - 1, 24
Commissioner 2 rounds - 4, 22
Stenzel 2 rounds - 18, 23
Lehman 1.5 rounds - 10, 15(tie)
Trevino 1 round - 7
Hammer 1 round - 21
Kremer team 0 rounds
3 Draft Rounds still open - 3,6,& 14