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2018 NCAA Tournament: Bruins Nation Bracket Challenge First & Second Round Update

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With the first weekend of tournament play completed, let’s see who’s winning the BN Bracket Challenge so far.

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For some reason, every year I do this, I end up saying, “This year, it can’t be as bad as last year.” and, inevitably, it ends up being as bad as last year.

The other inevitable truth seems to be that the First Round ultimately ends up determining the winner. I don’t know if that will be the case again this year, but that’s why we recap things as we go along.

So, let’s take a look and see how everyone is doing.

Leading the way after the first two rounds is Zach and his “BruWins” bracket. Zach scored 26 points in the First Round and 18 points in the Second Round for a total of 44. In second place is Josh and his “Different Steve - Same Result” bracket. Josh has 43 points, just one behind Zach and, sure enough, Josh finished the First Round with one fewer point than Josh.

In third place, six people are tied with 42 points each.

But, I always look at who can score the most points at a given time and, right now, that honor goes to Svedish Chef and the “Svedish Chef’s Boss Bracket,” which can score 154 possible points. Currently, Svedish Chef is in 22nd place with 38 points.

Here’s the full leaderboard:

2018 Bruins Nation Bracket Challenge, Update #1

Rank Owner Bracket Round 1 Round 2 Sweet 16 Elite Eight National Semis Finals Points Possible Pts
Rank Owner Bracket Round 1 Round 2 Sweet 16 Elite Eight National Semis Finals Points Possible Pts
22 Svedish Chef Svedish Chef's Boss Bracket 20 18 - - - Villanova 38 154
1 Zach BruWins 26 18 - - - Villanova 44 152
2 Josh Different Steve - Same Result 25 18 - - - Duke 43 151
3 Fly0nwa11 Fly0nwa11's Ridiculous Bracket 24 18 - - - Michigan 42 142
49 Derek West Coast Bias 20 14 - - - Villanova 34 142
57 Eric seas 19 14 - - - Villanova 33 141
57 Nate Natekaelin6 21 12 - - - Villanova 33 137
49 gbruin Batista with The CATCH!!! 18 16 - - - Villanova 34 130
3 Chris Dancing With TIARA 22 20 - - - Villanova 42 126
3 R-G I Gotta Steal Shades 22 20 - - - Villanova 42 126
22 Chris My Champion Bracket 22 16 - - - Kansas 38 126
49 stirling b Darkadian 22 12 - - - Duke 34 126
9 Kiks Kiks's Out-of-Sight Bracket 25 16 - - - Villanova 41 125
57 Alec Alec's Bracket 21 12 - - - Villanova 33 125
11 OCgirl cheaters never win (coughAZ) 24 16 - - - Villanova 40 124
57 Scott Cheeto 21 12 - - - Duke 33 121
74 Jack Tank for not alford 19 10 - - - Villanova 29 121
18 Lynn papadick 21 18 - - - Villanova 39 119
79 Eric Fragnoli Bring back Watson! 19 8 - - - Villanova 27 119
22 Randall Randall's Peerless Bracket 22 16 - - - Duke 38 118
49 29th 29th_Candidate's Bruin Bracket 22 12 - - - Kansas 34 118
9 Stephen My Outstanding Bracket 25 16 - - - Villanova 41 117
57 Vincent Aaron Holiday is my Homeboy 19 14 - - - Duke 33 117
35 Jeff Jeff's Bracket 20 16 - - - Villanova 36 116
35 Anony KSBruin's picks 22 14 - - - Kansas 36 116
35 Ron Ron's Reasonable Bracket 24 12 - - - Duke 36 116
66 Terry Shepley's picks 20 12 - - - Villanova 32 116
45 Joe P15 *The Ghost of John Wooden 21 14 - - - Villanova 35 115
30 Jon Steve 16 Expectations Managed 23 14 - - - Villanova 37 113
18 Doug Doug's Dandy Bracket 23 16 - - - Villanova 39 111
22 Oscar Alford's Calley Defense 22 16 - - - Villanova 38 106
22 Phillip C Phillip C's Choice Bracket 22 16 - - - Villanova 38 106
49 Cara Alford Lost His Balls 22 12 - - - Villanova 34 106
57 Lindsay LSJUCLA 21 12 - - - Villanova 33 105
57 casey o Casey 2 21 12 - - - Villanova 33 105
66 Laker Laker's Legit Bracket 20 12 - - - Villanova 32 104
3 SJBbruin Completely Random Bracket 22 20 - - - Virginia 42 102
35 Doug Schneider Insomnia333's Crazy Bracket 20 16 - - - Virginia 36 100
45 Douglas Douglas's Dandy Bracket 23 12 - - - Arizona 35 99
69 Armen $c_Sucks! 17 14 - - - Villanova 31 99
30 Atle Atle's track bracket 21 16 - - - Virginia 37 97
74 Samuel burculian 19 10 - - - Villanova 29 97
74 James Ponce HoosierDaddy 21 8 - - - Villanova 29 93
74 Steven Steven's Swag Bracket 19 10 - - - Villanova 29 93
11 Jim Bumgardner ORCA Bruin 22 18 - - - Michigan St. 40 92
35 austinc Steve-noteven64 20 16 - - - Cincinnati 36 92
35 nicholas nicholas's Optimal Bracket 22 14 - - - Cincinnati 36 92
18 bigIpsych TarHeelBruin 25 14 - - - Virginia 39 91
18 Jolly Green Giant Bru Crew 23 16 - - - Virginia 39 91
3 Jordan Euler+Alford 24 18 - - - Virginia 42 90
3 Larry Carmel Bruin's Bracket (CBB) 26 16 - - - Virginia 42 90
11 Dan BigBruinfan 24 16 - - - Xavier 40 88
35 John This is going to get ugly 20 16 - - - Virginia 36 88
45 Red Moon 10 inches of Tiki 19 16 - - - Virginia 35 87
22 Filmicisland FUSCUCLA1 22 16 - - - Michigan St. 38 86
72 Troy Troy's Sensational Bracket 18 12 - - - Arizona 30 86
30 J NextYear#12 23 14 - - - Xavier 37 85
57 Waiting for #115 19 14 - - - Virginia 33 85
35 Matt W Matt W's Bold Bracket 22 14 - - - N. Carolina 36 84
35 MaxPower BruinRogue 20 16 - - - Virginia 36 84
49 James James's Quality Bracket 20 14 - - - Virginia 34 82
11 DanG No Coaching Carousel 24 16 - - - N. Carolina 40 76
22 PAULT PAULT's Phenomenal Bracket 22 16 - - - Arizona 38 74
22 Loser Bracket 24 14 - - - Michigan St. 38 74
49 Eric Eric's Excellent Bracket 24 10 - - - Cincinnati 34 74
57 Steven Steven's Splendid Bracket 19 14 - - - Virginia 33 73
11 slanty ¬ ¬ slanty ¬ ¬'s Nice Bracket 24 16 - - - Virginia 40 72
69 David David's Dazzling Bracket 21 10 - - - Arizona 31 71
30 BOUNCE Gadabout 23 14 - - - Michigan St. 37 69
35 Avi Avi's Nice Bracket 22 14 - - - Virginia 36 68
45 The Kid Dynomite Badda-Bing-Badda-Boom Bracket 21 14 - - - Virginia 35 67
11 Wright Brad's Best Bracket 24 16 - - - Michigan St. 40 64
69 David uclads_2000 19 12 - - - Michigan St. 31 63
30 Ira I hook 23 14 - - - Michigan St. 37 61
11 Brian Big Chew Ali 24 16 - - - Virginia 40 60
66 DuaneT troney’s 22 10 - - - Arizona 32 60
49 Uclaluv Beyond Apathy 22 12 - - - Virginia 34 54
72 Jerry Sweet 16 is an Accomplishment 18 12 - - - Virginia 30 38
78 Bennett Stache Bracket 20 8 - - - Virginia 28 32

Good luck next weekend, everyone!


Go Bruins!