|Through 2nd Round Games|
Sweet 16 has been set:
<- Tennessee's Josh Richardson Smith taken by team SID as the 201st pick in the draft has averaged 20.5 points over the first 2 games of the tournament well above his 9.5 seasonal average. # 11 Tennessee next game in the Midwest region is against # 2 Michigan on Friday March 28th.
From a tournament standpoint, the following leagues are represented in the Sweet 16 and this gets more confusing with each passing year with all the conference changing that goes on almost daily.
BIG 10 - 3 (Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin)
SEC- 3 (Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee)
PAC 12 - 3 (Arizona, Stanford, UCLA)
AMERICAN 2 - (Louisville, U Conn)
BIG 12 2 - (Baylor, Iowa State)
ACC 1 - (Virginia)
ATL 10 - 1 (Dayton)
MOUNTAIN WEST 1 - (San Diego State)
This upcoming weekend will make or break many of the teams that drafted this year. Rob Stenzel with the help of many of his draft picks scoring better than regular season average is leading by 74 points over Team Noffke and 76 points over Ron Seymour's team.
Current leader after the 1st couple of games is Rob Stenzel with 579 points. This is 61 points higher than last year's score after the first 2 games. Rob has 9 player's left in the tournament. In second place is the Noffke team of Mark & Steve and Bruce Martin with a score of 505 points. Noffke team also has 9 players remaining in the tournament. I expect the 1st and 2nd positions will remain the same after the Sweet 16 games this Thursday and Friday. The Seymour team of Ron Seymour & Dan Huffstetter are currently in 3rd place with 503 28 points but I have them falling to 5th after the Sweet 16 with the SID team (Bill Starkweather, Don Owens, Drew & John Logan) moving into 3rd place by Saturday.
# 1 Wichita State saw it's 35-0 record shattered by # 8 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in a game that resembled something from the Final 4. Back & forth, both teams fighting to stay alive. I don't know about the rest, but Kentucky might be one of the best # 8 seeds to ever play in the NCAA tournament. They are young but play with poise and aggressiveness. # 3 Creighton looked a little shaky in their opening game and ended up getting blown out by Scott Drew's # 6 seed Baylor Bears 85-55. d We still have three # 1 teams remaining and they all look very strong.
In 2012 there were some upsets in the opening 2 rounds and 15 draft picks out of the top 40 were gone after the first 2 games. Last year only 8 picks of the top 40 were lost. This year with # 1 Wichita State, # 2 Villanova, # 2 Kansas, # 3 Duke & # 3 Syracuse getting eliminated early we've lost 13 draft picks from the first 4 draft rounds.
The matchups for this weekend has been prepared and if you go to the Sweet 16 Matchups tab, you can retrieve a copy of the Thursday and Friday game matchups or click here for the pdf file.
Through 2nd round games - top 4 drafters (1-3 pay):
1st: Rob Stenzel - 579
2nd: Noffke team - 505
3rd: Seymour team - 503
4th: Matt Krautstrunk - 458
Top 3 Leading Scorers in the tournament:
Leader: Steve Krautstrunk's - Cleanthony Early (Wichita St) - 54 pts (out)
Mark Noffke's - Adreian Payne (Michigan St) - 53 pts (still in)
Matt Krautstrunk's - Xavier Thames (San Diego St) - 53 pts (still in)
Ralph Trevino's - Shabazz Napier (U Conn) - 49 pts (still in)
+ / - calculations:
The Kremer team is leading the calculation this year with -77 points through 2 games. 7 of Ken's 26 draft picks are having a positive NCAA tournament. Not far behind is the Commissioner, Steve Krautstrunk at -76 with also only 7 performing positively in the tournament.
Current overall leader Rob Stenzel is one of 2 teams with accumulated positive +/- points with + 35. Yes, that is a 112 point difference in 2 games from the - leader. He was helped immensely by 16th round pick Tarik Black of Kansas who scored 30 points in 2 games, well above his 4.8 regular season average. Thank goodness Kansas went down.