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2019 NCAA Tournament: Bruins Nation Bracket Challenge First & Second Round Update

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Let’s check in to see who’s winning the BN Bracket Challenge so far before the second weekend of play begins.

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One thing I’ve learned from running our annual Bracket Challenge is that the 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.

The good news is that, compared to last year, most of you are doing better. The top score after two rounds last year was just 44 points. This year, 32 people have scored at least 44 points.

Leading the way after the first two rounds is Jeff and his “Jeff’s Bracket.” Jeff scored 25 points in the First Round and 30 points in the Second Round for a total of 55. In second place is Scott and his “Scott’s Super Bracket.” Scott has 54 points, just one behind Jeff and, interestingly, Scott finished the First Round with one more point than Jeff, but he had two fewer points than Jeff in the Second Round.

In third place, three people are tied with 53 points each.

But, I always look at who can score the most points at a given time and, right now, Jeff is still the top dog with 183 possible points.

Looking at which teams have been picked to win it all, the two overwhelming favorites are Duke and Gonzaga. 17 participants have selected Duke to win while 14 have Gonzaga. Virginia is the third most picked team with just four players choosing the Cavaliers.

Here’s the full leaderboard:

2019 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
1 Jeff Jeff's Bracket 25 30 - - - Gonzaga 55 183
2 Scott Scott's Super Bracket 26 28 - - - Duke 54 178
3 SJBbruin No chance bracket 25 28 - - - Gonzaga 53 181
3 Zach Westwood Won 23 30 - - - Gonzaga 53 181
3 Ira Ira's Ingeneous Bracket 27 26 - - - Virginia 53 181
6 Gabriela Alford's Pyramid of Suck 24 28 - - - Duke 52 180
7 Higher Further Faster (Steph) 25 26 - - - Duke 51 179
7 Troy Troy's Top-Notch Bracket 25 26 - - - Gonzaga 51 179
7 Dan Big D’s legit bracket 23 28 - - - Gonzaga 51 179
10 bigIpsych TarHeelBruin Bracket 22 28 - - - Duke 50 178
10 Chris Our Blockhead AD 24 26 - - - Duke 50 178
10 Vincent Moses Brown is my homeboy 28 22 - - - Duke 50 174
10 James Ponce NotInThedance (NIT) 24 26 - - - Gonzaga 50 178
10 ShowtimeLA88 March To #12 24 26 - - - Gonzaga 50 174
15 Red Moon 10 inches of Tiki 19 30 - - - Duke 49 177
15 Josh What Will Dan Ruin Next? 23 26 - - - Gonzaga 49 177
15 Jolly Green Giant Strathmore Treehouse 25 24 - - - Gonzaga 49 173
15 Jim Bumgardner Loved Westwood 25 24 - - - Michigan St. 49 173
15 Samuel Samuel's Awesome Bracket 23 26 - - - N. Carolina 49 177
15 Drew The Fighting Fletcher Magees 23 26 - - - Tennessee 49 173
21 ALan ALan's Bracket 20 28 - - - Duke 48 176
21 James Zot zot zot 24 24 - - - Gonzaga 48 172
21 Oscar Expectations Managed Bracket 22 26 - - - Virginia 48 172
24 Charles Bruins Go Dancing 23 24 - - - Duke 47 175
24 Patriot BruinRogue 21 26 - - - Duke 47 175
24 RockyMtn_Bruin Kiki with those Kids 23 24 - - - N. Carolina 47 171
27 Dave Hondo#61 22 24 - - - Duke 46 166
28 gbruin Counting Dan's Days... 23 22 - - - Duke 45 169
28 Phillip C Phillip C's Pleasant Bracket 25 20 - - - Kentucky 45 149
28 Joe P15 The Ghost of John Wooden 23 22 - - - Michigan St. 45 169
31 Kiks Kiks's Nice Bracket 24 20 - - - N. Carolina 44 160
31 Terry Terry's Tip-Top Bracket 22 22 - - - Virginia 44 160
33 The Kid Dynomite Tenacious D bracket 19 24 - - - Duke 43 167
33 Doug Schneider Insomnia's Primo Bracket 21 22 - - - Gonzaga 43 155
35 Eric Eric's Excellent Bracket 26 16 - - - Duke 42 162
35 Avi Avi's Awesome Bracket 22 20 - - - Michigan St. 42 166
37 Josh Josh's Peerless Bracket 21 20 - - - Duke 41 161
37 stirling b stirling b's Superb Bracket 25 16 - - - Duke 41 161
37 Nate Nate’s bracket 21 20 - - - Duke 41 153
37 Svedish Chef Give me Luke or give me a coac 21 20 - - - Virginia 41 161
41 Papa Papa 22 18 - - - Gonzaga 40 164
41 Derek My Genius Bracket 20 20 - - - Gonzaga 40 164
41 Chad M Sister Jeans NIT bracket! 20 20 - - - Gonzaga 40 140
44 richardbernstein10 My Excellent Bracket - - - - - No Pick - 0
44 Dan Dan's Dandy Bracket - - - - - No Pick - 0
44 Charles C BruinMan Champion Bracket - - - - - No Pick - 0

Good luck this weekend, everyone!


Go Bruins!