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<- Jalen Brunson, Team SID's # 1 pick in the draft, will lead Villanova in the championship game against Michigan  Brunson has the chance to be the leading scorer in the tournament.  All Jackson needs is 21 points in the championship game to win the scoring title.

 

 

# 1 Villanova Wildcats vs  # 3 Michigan Wolverines

Tipoff Monday 04/02/18 @ 8:18 CT

 

 

 

FInal Four recap

In the first game of the Final 4 games on Saturday March 31, 2018, # 3 seed (West) Michigan ended Sister Jean and her beloved # 11th seeded (South) Loyola Ramblers run in the tournament.  The game started slow, not a lot of scoring.  With almost 8 minutes gone in the first half Michigan held a 12-4 lead over Loyola.  Loyola got going and outscored Michigan 25-10 to lead by 7 at halftime 29-22.

 

After winning the opening tip, Loyola made a 3 point play to start the second half to lead by 10 but the Loyola tournament magic ran out, and after that point Michigan outscored them 47-25 to win fairly comfortably 69-57.  The big german Moritz Wagner (Alan Foresta 4th round pick) led Michigan with 24 points and guard Charles Matthews (John Lehman 6th round pick) finished with 17.  Wagner was just too much for Cameron Krutwig to handle.

 

In the second game of the evening, two # 1 seeded teams had to face one another in order to get to the championship game.  # 1 (East) Villanova Wildcats jumped out to an 11-2 lead to start the game against # 1 (Midwest) Kansas Jayhawks and stretched that out with another 11-2 spurt and pretty much never looked back.   Eric Paschall (Commissioner 3rd round pick) led the Cats with 24 and Donte DiVincenzo (8th overall pick by Dennis Hammer) added 15 off the bench.  All 5 Villanova starters hit for double digit scoring.  Kansas guard Malik Newman (Hammer 4th round pick) scored 21 in the loss and he is the leading scorer in our tournament game with 108 points.   Villanova's Jalen Brunson (SID # 1 pick in the draft) will need 20 points to tie Newman. Brunson averaged 19 a game in the regular season and is averaging 17.6 through 5 games so he has a good chance to pull it off.  FInal score in this game Villanova 95 Kansas 79 and Kansas never got the lead in this game and trailed by 20 pretty much the entire second half.

 

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Our game:

This year Team SID is maintains a good lead over 2nd place Team Foresta.  SID will win this year's tournament game handily as they have 4 players still in the tournament (combined average of 52 points) while Foresta has 1 Moritz Wagner averaging 14 a game.  I see a possible fight for the final payout position (3rd).  Current leader John Lehman and projected 3rd place guy has 1 player left Charles Matthews who averages 13 a game reg season but almost 17 post season.  Trailing by 7 points is Dennis Hammer who also has 1 player left Donte DiVincenzo who is averaging 12 a game post season and 14 a game regular season.

 

Through 5th round games - top 4 drafters (1-3 pay):  

1st: Team SID - 821

2nd: Team Foresta (Alan & Tori Krautstrunk) - 789

3rd: Team Lehman (John Lehman, Joe Quebbeman & Ben Schwers)  - 756

4th: Dennis Hammer - 749

 

 

 

Top 4 Leading Scorers in the tournament $20 payout to winner:

Leader:  Hammer - Malik Newman (Kansas)- 108 pts (out)

              Team SID - Jalen Brunson (Villanova) - 88 pts (still in)

               Team Lehman  - Devonte Graham (Kansas) - 87 (out)

             Team Lehman -  Charles Matthews (Michigan) - 83 (still in)

 

 

+/- Leader ($50 payout 1/2 the entry fee):  

I do not ever remember having the negative totals so high in any previous draft game.  I went back the last 10 years and the highest negative total was <130> by Team Seyccles (Dave Eccles & Ron Seymour.  We have 2 teams that have surpassed that total already and the negative <521> total thus far is unreal.