|Through 4th Round Games|
Final 4 has been decided:
<- Kemba Walker # 7 pick by Kremer (U Conn) is the highest scorer left in the tournament and should win the leading scorer in the tournment bonus prize ($25 payout)
# 8 Butler Bulldogs vs # 11 Virginia Commonwealth Rams
# 3 Connecticut Huskies vs # 4 Kentucky Wildcats
Kemba Walker has had quite the run over the last 3 weeks or so, from the Big East tournament where he set some scoring records to now the NCAA tournament. And on an even bigger term, the VCU Rams who barely made it into the tournament are looking like national title contenders. They have 3 to 4 scorers who can shoot the 3's unselfishly and with their young coach Shaka Smart, they stand a chance to win it all and they were a play-in team, go figure.
Butler stands a chance to be in the Final game for the second year in a row which is a remarkable achievement for a Horizon League, Valpo (the official Harvard of the Midwest) beat them a month ago. Butler was struggling along at 4-4 in the Horizon League at the beginning of February and somehow caught a run.
Finally Kentucky, the team who had the 3rd best record in the SEC behind Florida and Alabama, a team that was 7-6 in the conference after a loss to Arkansas in OT on 02/23, this team has really played well in the tournament.
Dennis Hammer (a founding board member) looks like he's going to win it all this year ($300) after finishing in 2nd place two out of the past three years. This will be Dennis' first win since 1985 and I know Dennis will not like me declaring him an early winner but I will.
Ralph Trevino and sons Nick and Sam are enjoying a fantastic 1st year in the draft. I see them finishing in 2nd place ($200) no matter what happens in the Final 4 unless somebody gets hurt. Trevino's selection of Josh Harrellson (Kentucky center) in the 18th round has been huge. Harrelson has scored 15 a game in the tournament well above his 6.8 regular season average for a + 33 points in the plus/minus calculation.
Ron Seymour and Dan Hoffstedler are looking to finish in the final money position for the 2nd year in a row that they drafted together. In 2009, they came in 3rd as well, so nice going guys.
Through 4th round games - top 4 drafters (1-3 pay):
1st: Dennis Hammer - 825
2nd: Ralph Trevino - 733
3rd: Ron Seymour - 722
4th: Steve Krautstrunk - 681
Top 3 Leading Scorers in the tournament:
Leader: Ken Kremer's - Kemba Walker (U Conn) - 107 pts (still in)
Ron Seymour's - Tyler Zeller (UNC) - 103 pts (out)
Mark Noffke's - Jimmer Fredette (BYU) - 98 pts (out)
+/- Leader ($50 payout):
I stated last year at this point in the game that Matt Krautstrunk at <112> points has this $50 payback pretty much locked up. He cannot lose or gain any more points from this tournament as he does not have a player remaining. Matt actually got edged out by John & Mike Lehman so I was wrong.
This year, Matt has the lead as well at a <82> point level. Lehman again is just behind at <55> so we'll have to see how the players they drafted perform or underperform (preferred at this point) during the final couple of games this year.
21 Draft Rounds won thus far ($10 / round):
Hammer 4 rounds - 7, 21, 22, 27
Kremer 3.5 rounds - 1, 9, 10, 28(tie)
Trevino 3 rounds - 17, 18, 19
Seymour 3 rounds - 3, 12, 25
Commissioner 2.5 rounds - 13, 16, 28(tie)
Stenzel 2 rounds - 15, 23
Noffke 1 round - 4
SID 1 round - 26
Lehman .5 round - 6(tie)
Matt .5 round - 6(tie)
Rounds still open - 2,5,8,11,14,20,24