No one, they say, wants to hear about your fantasy sports teams or your bad gambling losses. At the risk of losing my one reader, then, I'll refrain from complaining about the Ohio State Buckeyes, who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and cost me a shot at my bracket pool. Fortunately, I had the catharsis of the Bracket Showdown, so as the Buckeyes stood around bewildered on the Superdome floor, I grimly set to work tallying up the points from tonight's semifinals, drawing larger-than-usual X's through the incorrect predictions.
Let's move on, and see how our panel of experts fared in the Bracket Showdown. As usual, the rules of the showdown are here, and the updated scoreboard is here.
- The leader with one game to go is CBS Sports' Jerry Palm, with 114 out of a possible 160 points. Palm, Gregg Doyel, and Rajon Rondo were the only three entries to correctly predict the final matchup of Kentucky-Kansas.
- Ken Pomeroy, the leader going into the Final Four, picked OSU and fell to second with 105 points. Pomeroy was one of nine experts to pick the Buckeyes to make the final game.
- Only three of the 34 expert brackets did not have Kentucky reaching the finals: Peter Tiernan's high-risk bracket (Michigan State), CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd (Missouri), and USA Today's Eddie Timanus (Missouri).
- Tiernan's high-risk bracket is the only one of the 36 that picked Kansas to win the national championship. Since the final game is worth 32 points, he can still vault Palm to win the showdown. Palm, on the other hand, is one of a comically high 28 experts that picked Kentucky to win it all back in early March.
I'll be back Tuesday to wrap everything up. In the meantime, I'll be racking my brains for ways to make this less painful next year -- I don't want to have that much quality time with a red pen ever again.