CTC Final Standings: Final Conference Standings & Money Division Recap

As seems to happen every year, the CTC ends right when the Selection Show begins, so I obviously get carried away thinking ahead to the greatest sports event of the year, without looking back on the CTC, as a good commish should…well, I am not a good commish.  But, considering the countless posts that I write during the two weeks, I might as well write one last one with all the tournaments that ended on the final weekend.  So, I decided to just give quick recaps on all 31 tournaments (with the money division updated).

Big South Conference

The VMI Run to the Finals Wins the Conference for J and Lohse

The unlikely run by the Keydets was enough for J and Lohse to easily win the 2012 Big South title, scoring 104 points – 41 more than anyone else.  This is the first Big South title for either of these guys, as 7 people have now won a share of the Big South over the 5 years of recordkeeping.  Defending champion, Doogan, finished a distant second place.

J takes the $9 prize from the Big South.

Horizon League

Lohse Rides Detroit to Another Conference Crown

The Lohse Train was rolling, as he wins a share of the first conference and the second one outright.  Only getting one first round game wrong, Lohse finished with 165 points in the Horizon.  This was Lohse’s first Horizon crown.  Defending champ, Bry, had won two of the last three, did finish in the top 5, but way off the pace.

Gross – who also hit Detroit – finished second place (123 points) to take the $18 bounty here.

Ohio Valley Conference

A Nearly All-Chalk OVC Tournament Gives Us a Five-Way Tie at the Top

There was only one upset (7 over 6 in the first round), so it’s no surprise that 5 people tied for this crown.  The real surprise is that no one actually hit  this perfectly, as Alexi, Dave, Lohse, Rikey, and Stri all missed one game, pocketing 70 points from this conference.  J was not a part of the five-way tie, which is a bit surprising, considering he had won this conference two years in a row.

Dave and Rikey split this pot for $4.50 apiece.

Atlantic Sun Conference

We’ll Take Your Five-Way Tie and Raise You Three More

The A-Sun wasn’t all that chalky, but it did give us our most divided conference championship of the 2012 CTC (tied for the most in history with the 2011 Summit League crown).  Gersh, Gross, Lohse, Mac, Rikey, Stri, Scoot, and Teddy all scored 48 points in the A-Sun, which was tops in the conference.  Neither Dave (co-2011 champ) nor Bry (2010 champ) were a part of this 8-way tie, but even more surprising was that the tie didn’t include J, who has a share of the 2011 A-Sun crown and sole possession of the 2008 and 2009 A-Sun titles.

Gersh, Gross, and Rikey each pocket $3 from their A-Sun excellence.

West Coast Conference

Alexi Hits Near Perfection to Take Home 130 Points and a WCC Title

The WCC was almost entirely chalk.  Alexi thought it would actually be all chalk, so he missed perfection by a single game (USF upsetting LMU).  He took 130 points here and the title, edging defending WCC champ, Bry, by 4 points.

Bry does take the $18 pot here in the money division.

Patriot League

Mac Hits Perfection in the Patriot League

A really good PL tournament was perfectly predicted by Mac, good for 72 points.  Lohse finished in second with 66, and then there was an eight-way tie for third with 54, including the defending champion, Gross.

Gross, Bry, J, and Dave were all a part of that tie, which happened to win the money division, earning them each a cool $2.25.

Missouri Valley Conference

RSmith Completes The Most Impressive Bracket of the 2012 CTC, Hitting a Tough MVC Perfectly

Perfect brackets usually come along when conference tournaments give us very few surprises.  Well, that is not the case here, as RSmith hits the MVC perfectly, which included a surprising Evansville win over Missouri St. and a shocking Illinois St. win over Wichita St.  RSmith’s impressive stuff netted him 244 points here.  Defending champion, Alexi, finished in a respectable fifth place, but was more than 100 points off the pace.

Dave, the only other one to pick Illinois St. to reach the finals, picked up the $18 pot in the process.

Northeast Conference

Four different entries hit the NEC Perfectly

Only two minor upsets through the NEC tournament led to a four-way tie at the top, all going 7-for-7 in the NEC.  Lil Lohse, Mac, Primm, and Rikey all took home 73.5 points for the perfect NEC brackets they submitted.  Scoot and Stri were perfect last year, but both finished way off the pace this year.  Stri had actually won 3 of the last 4 NEC titles (two perfectly).

The perfect brackets from Rikey and Primm net them each $4.50.

Colonial Athletic Conference

Gross Narrowly Edged Doogan for the CAA Title

Gross only misses two games in the CAA, to earn 175 points and the 2012 title.  Doogan was right behind with 168, and the two-time defending champ, Bry, was third with 161.

Gross wins the CAA kitty of $18.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Teddy Dominates a Tough MAAC Tournament This Year

With Iona and Manhattan losing early, this MAAC tournament was tough to call, but Teddy was pretty good – only missing two games and scoring 106 points.  Scoot was a distant 2nd with 88.  Defending MAAC champ Primm was way off the pace with 64.  Two-time champ Bry (’09 and ’10) finished in 19th place with only 20 points.

Dave, the only one in the money division to hit the Fairfield upset of Iona, takes the MAAC bounty of $9.

Southern Conference

Lil Lohse Navigates the Murky Waters of the 2012 SoCon Tournament

The very strange conference didn’t cause Lil Lohse any problems, as he took 96 points away from this tournament.  Dave and RSmith finished second, while defending champ, Gross, was in the middle of the pack.

Dave takes the $9 SoCon pot.

Summit League

Gross Utterly Dominates a Tough Summit Bracket

When Oral Roberts loses in the semis, and Oakland loses in the quarters, you know that this was tough to call.  Well, Gross hit both of those upsets and wins the Summit with an impressive 118 points.  This is our first repeat champion of the 2012 CTC, as Gross was part of an 8-way tie for the 2011 title.

Gross also earns $9 for his efforts.

Sun Belt Conference

The Craziest Bracket of Them All Goes to Lohse, Who Was One of Only Two to Even Get One of the Finalists

Lohse and RSmith (who finished second) were the only two people to even get a single finalist right.  Neither of them got the champion, and Lohse wins the tournament with 104 points.  Defending champion, J, had just 28 points, but that was 28 points more than Dave, who finished with zero Sun Belt points.

Gross wins another money division title for another $9.

Big Sky Conference

Perfection for Four People in the Big Sky’s All-Chalk Finish

Bry, Lynch, Rikey, and RDoc all went 5-for-5 in the Big Sky, as they went all chalk for 72 points.  This is the second straight title for Bry – and second straight perfect bracket.

Bry, Rikey, and RDoc will all take home $3 for their perfection.

Mid-American Conference

Mac Edges RDoc by Just 3 Points for the 2012 MAC Crown

The crazy new MAC format was good for Mac, who scored 195 in this conference, just 3 more than RDoc, who finished second.  Doogan, the defending champ and winner of 3 of the last 4 MACs, finished in third place.

Ohio’s 1-point win over Akron in the title game gave RDoc the $18 MAC title over Bry.

Big East Conference

Louisville Wins Primm the Big East and, Essentially, the Overall Title

Primm took the Louisville Cardinals all the way to the Big East finals, giving him 295 points (135 more than anyone else in the Big East) and was crucial to his come-from-behind overall championship.  Defending champion, Scoot, had just 100.

Primm won the $27 at stake here in the Big East.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Dave Cruises to a Very Impressive MEAC Title

Dave hit Hampton over #1 Savannah St. and Bethune-Cookman into the finals, giving him 81 points and a 31-point win over everyone else in the MEAC.  Doogan, who finished all alone in second place, gives up his MEAC crown to Dave here.

Dave takes the $9 on the line for the MEAC.

Atlantic Ten Conference

Teddy’s UMass Upset Pick is Enough to Win a Conference Without Picking Either Finalist

Teddy hit the huge UMass upset of #1 Temple, leading him to 153 points and an A-10 title, despite getting both finalists wrong.  Defending champion Waters, who has won 2 of the last 4 A-10s, finished in last place here with just 36 points.

Primm continues to clean up in the money division, taking another $18 here.

Big XII Conference

KA Dominates the Big XII, Scoring 325 Points in the Process

KA got the first Big XII game wrong (Texas A&M over Oklahoma), and then went on a 10-game Big XII winning streak, including the Baylor upset of Kansas and the Missouri championship.  Defending champion, Bry, finished in second with 265 points.

Bry did earn himself $27 for his runner-up finish, though.

Pacific 12 Conference

Gross Rides Arizona and Colorado to a Pac-12 Championship

Gross had Arizona going to the finals and Colorado to the semis.  That was enough to get him 225 points and the Pac-12 championship – barely edging Doogan.  Lynch, who won the 2011 Pac-10 title, must have been thrown by the two extra teams, as he finished tied for last with 30 points.

Gross pockets another $27 here.

Conference USA

Lohse, Who Dominated Week One, Reminds People That He’s Still Around With an Impressive C-USA Title

If Houston had held on against UTEP in the very first C-USA tournament game (they blew a big second half lead and lost in OT), then Lohse would have put together one of the more impressive perfect brackets we have seen in a while.  Either way, taking 296 points was the best performance in any tournament the whole CTC (if you discount the multipliers), including riding 6th-seeded Marshall to the title game.  Defending champion, Lynch, was in the middle of the pack this year.

Gross, who was runner-up to Lohse, takes the money division for another $18.

Southland Conference

Lohse Wins Another Conference Title – Sharing This One With Scoot

Lohse is rolling again, as he wins yet another conference championship, but has to split this one with Scoot.  Both guys took home 64.5 points here, barely edging KA and Doogan for this title.  Defending champion, Dave, was in the middle of the pack here.

Doogan’s second-place was good enough for the $9 pot here.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Dave, Doogan, and Stri are All Perfect in the SWAC

A couple of quarterfinal upsets didn’t bother these three, as they cruised to a perfect SWAC bracket and the 52 points to went with it.  Lynch was in a group that finished just off the pace, but wasn’t enough to defend his 2011 title.

Dave and Doogan split the $9 pot, taking $4.50 each.

Mountain West Conference

RDoc Goes Perfect for a Nice Mountain West Title

216 points goes to RDoc for his impressive run to perfection in the MWest.  Bry and J were both perfect last year – J had a decent 160 points this year, but Bry struggled with only 108.

RDoc’s efforts give him a quick $18 here.

Western Athletic Conference

Tied With Waters, Lohse Wins His Seventh Conference Title – Most of 2012

Lohse and Waters were the only two to hit the Hawaii upset of Idaho and pick the right champion, earning themselves 126 points and a WAC title in the process.  This is the second straight WAC title for Waters.

Gross, Gersh, and RDoc all had 96 points in the WAC, adding $6 to each of their bankrolls.

Big West Conference

Bry and Mac Hit a Nice Perfect Bracket Here

There was a 7 over 2 upset in this bracket, so going perfect was no easy task, but Bry and Mac were both able to do it for 64.5 points.  This is the second time Bry has hit this conference perfectly (2009).  Defending champion, J, was just 6 points off the leaders, in third place.

Bry wins $9 for his efforts.

Great West

Lynch and Waters Are Impressively Perfect

This conference was not easy to predict, but Lynch and Waters both did so, which included a big NJIT upset of the top-seed, Utah Valley.  Perfection got them both 22.5 points.  Defending champ, J, had a mere 2 points here, finishing in last place.

Gersh’s 14 points were enough to get him a quick $8 from the Great West.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Florida St. Gives Primm the ACC and the Overall Title at the Eleventh Hour

Primm rode Bunny Colvin’s Florida State Seminoles to 275 points, an ACC Championship and a 2012 CTC Championship.  Defending champ, Alexi, finished in 19th place with 110 points.

Primm takes the $27 pot here, and clinches an additional $72 for the overall title.

Big Ten Conference

Gersh and Scoot are Nearly Perfect in the Big Ten

If Indiana had beaten Wisconsin in the quarters, Gersh and Scoot would have been perfect in Indianapolis.  Even so, they took home 285 points from this conference.  Defending champion, Primm, had just 125.

Gersh earned himself $27 for the excellent Big Ten picks.

Southeastern Conference

Mac Sets Single-Conference Record with 405 SEC Points

The only game Mac missed was the very first one, when LSU beat Arkansas.  Other than that, he was perfect, netting him 405 – a CTC record for a single conference.  Rikey, who completed a perfect SEC bracket last year en route to a dramatic overall win, had just 100 points this year, good for 19th place.

Doogan and Primm had 315, which was just enough to hold off RDoc and split the pot – $13.50 each.

Money Division Recap

Primm’s Overall Title Leads the Way, While Gross and Dave Also Finish in the Black

  1. Primm – $102
  2. Gross – $32.35
  3. Dave – $9.75
  4. Bry – ($0.75)
  5. Gersh – ($10.50)
  6. RDoc – ($15.00)
  7. Doogan – ($24.00)
  8. Rikey – ($45.00)
  9. J – ($48.75)

CTC Day Fourteen Overall Preview: It’s a Two-Horse Race…

Selection Sunday.  My favorite day of the year.  Not only because it reveals the menu for our Madness, but because it comes with the crowning of another CTC champion.  There are four major conference championships today (each worth at least 60 points, and there are 3 people within 60 of the current leader, and three more within 180.  But, in actuality, there is only one person who can catch Bry for the 2012 overall title – and it all comes down to a single game for all the marbles.  If Florida State beats UNC today, Primm will come from behind and win, which would be the second year in a row that Bry blew a lead on the final day of the competition.

Championships
Atlantic 10
ACC
Big Ten
SEC

CTC Day Fourteen Preview: ACC & CTC Championships On the Line in the ATL

If you bought a ticket to Saturday’s ACC semifinal doubleheader in Atlanta, then you’re probably pretty glad you did.  Both games yesterday were dramatic, well-played, down-to-the-wire contests that showed that the top of the ACC should not be judged at all by the rest of the league’s struggles.  Now, today, we’ve got another great game to top it off.

Gross has the ACC lead and UNC winning the title, so a Tar Heel title will give him the ACC championship, which is nice.  But, the one with the most at stake (e.g. everything) is Primm.  A FSU win today and Primm will steal not only the 2012 ACC title, but also the 2012 overall title as well.

#1 North Carolina vs. #3 Florida St.
The last time these two teams met, the result was so jarring (a 33-point FSU win) that all the national stories were revolving around why we should write off UNC as a title contender and about whether or not Roy Williams has any respect for walkons.  Today, the talk is about whether or not UNC can get to the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament if Kentucky falters today.  It looked like FSU had a shot at an unexpected ACC regular season title this year, but they fell short.  Now, they can at least pull off a nice tournament title if they can come through today.

Primm is the only one with FSU winning the title and will have earned both the conference and overall titles, if that prediction comes through.  Half the field (Alexi, Bry, Doogan, Gersh, Gross, Lohse, Rikey, RDoc, Scoot, Stri) has UNC winning this title, including Bry, who will clinch the overall title with a Tar Heels win today.

CTC Day Fourteen Preview: A Fantastic SEC Title Game

Kentucky is one win away from running the table in the SEC – a very impressive feat, no matter how “down” this conference is or how good this UK team is.  But, they don’t exactly have an easy final game today to do it.

Doogan and Primm are perfect in the SEC to this point.  Both have Kentucky winning the tournament, so they will split this title if the ‘Cats get it done.  If Vandy wins today, Mac will win the SEC with a massive 405 points.  RDoc will win the SEC money division outright if Vandy wins today.

#1 Kentucky vs. #3 Vanderbilt
The best team in America played three very uninspired halves down here in New Orleans, but the second half against Florida yesterday was very impressive.  Vandy caught a couple huge tournament-style breaks to get here, have to beat #11 Georgia and #7 Ole Miss on their way to today’s title game.  But, that doesn’t change the fact that the Commodores are immensely talented, experienced, and, typically, very well-coached.  This is their chance to turn around what was, up to this point, a bit of a disappoinment of a season.

The CTC was all over the SEC tournament this year, as all 20 entries have one off these two teams winning it.  17 have Kentucky; KA, Mac, and RDoc have Vandy.

CTC Day Fourteen Preview: The Big Ten Showdown

The best conference in America started to show some chinks in the armor down the stretch, as teams like Minnesota, Northwestern, and especially Illinois, were revealed to be rather fraudulent.  But, that doesn’t change how good the top of this league is.  And, now we’ve got a championship game that may easily be recreated in the Final Four in a couple of weeks.

Rikey is the current Big Ten leader and will clinch the 2012 CTC title here with an Ohio St. win.  If the Spartans come through today, Gersh and Scoot will split the 2012 crown.

#1 Michigan St. vs. #3 Ohio St.
One of the best 3-seeds in a conference tournament I can remember is taking on the conference’s #1-seed in a game that could determine a #1-seed in the Big Tournament (though, more likely, a #2 is the ceiling for the Buckeyes).  OSU seems to have found that extra gear at just the right time, as they have two blowouts of sure-fire tournament teams, beating Purdue by 17 on Friday night and Michigan by 22 yesterday.  Michigan St. won a weird game yesterday against Wisconsin, but Tom Izzo might be the best ever at coaching in a tournament setting.

Gersh, Scoot, Stri, and Waters are the only 4 with #1 Michigan St. here.  KA, Lil Lohse, and Lynch have already lost this game with Purdue, Michigan, and Indiana.  The other 13 have Ohio St.

CTC Day Fourteen Preview: The A-10 Gives Us One Last Chance for Bid Thievery

The true depth of the A-10 has been on display all year, yet was never more evident than in AC this week.  6 games so far have been played down the shore, and they have all been hard-fought competitive games, leading us to a championship between a potential Big Dance sleeper and the coming-to-fruiting A-10 tournament sleeper.

Teddy, who nailed the UMass upset of Temple in the quarterfinals, is the current A-10 leader, but he has lost his champion (St. Louis).  With no one picking the Bonnies, Teddy will win the A-10 crown if St. Bonaventure wins.  If Xavier wins, Dave (who has already clinched the money division) will steal this title.

#3 Xavier vs. #4 St. Bonaventure
The Musketeers are probably pretty safe for the tournament, after yesterday’s 7-point win over a really good St. Louis team, but it might be a good idea for them to finish the job today.  The Bonnies, who have beaten St. Joe’s and UMass here in AC en route to today’s championship match with the Musketeers.  And, as good as the Bonnies have been all year, they still have yet to prove that they can play with the league’s elite.  Today would be a good time to start.  Side note:  it is surprising to anyone else that this the first time Xavier has made the A-10 championship game since 2006.

No one has the Bonnies even in this game, let alone winning it.  A title for XU here would give Dave and KA a 90-point standings bump.

CTC Day Thirteen Standings: Alexi is 50 Points Better Than Anyone Else; Bry Stays Ahead in the Overall Standings But Only by 14 Over Doogan; Lohse and Primm are in Striking Distance

Alexi’s 585.5 points are almost 60 more than Lohse (who had another impressive day) and almost 120 more than 3rd place Scoot, and over 200 more than the average score on the day.

The great day for Alexi jumped him 4 spots from 12th to 8th.  RSmith also gained 4 spots in the standings, moving up to 11th place.  Lohse climbed back to 3rd from 6th, and Scoot went from 17th to 14th.

Lynch had a rough day, finishing in last place on the day and falling 6 spots in the standings from 9th to 15th.  Mac fell from 2nd to 5th and Dave fell from 7th to 10th.  The only other one to fall more than 1 spot was the defending champ, Rikey, who went from 14th to 16th.

(NOTE: individual conference recaps and standings to come…)

DAY THIRTEEN SCORES (days won):

  1. Alexi – 585.5 (1)
  2. Lohse – 530 (3)
  3. Scoot – 469 (1)
  4. RSmith – 461.5
  5. Teddy – 456 (1)
  6. Doogan – 454
  7. Primm – 420.5 (1)
  8. RDoc – 418 (1)
  9. Stri – 417 (1)
  10. J – 401.5 (1)
  11. Gross – 392
  12. Bry – 388
  13. Gersh – 349
  14. Waters – 342
  15. Mac – 332
  16. Lil Lohse – 317
  17. KA – 254.5
  18. Dave – 245.5 (1)
  19. Rikey – 205 (1)
  20. Lynch – 186

OVERALL STANDINGS:

  1. Bry – 2830
  2. Doogan- 2816
  3. Lohse – 2799
  4. Primm – 2779.5
  5. Mac – 76.5
  6. Gross – 2688.5
  7. RDoc – 2663
  8. Alexi – 2611
  9. Teddy – 2564
  10. Dave – 2513
  11. RSmith – 2471.5
  12. Stri – 2450.5
  13. J – 2422.5
  14. Scoot – 2328.5
  15. Lynch – 2323.5
  16. Rikey – 2223.5
  17. Waters – 2220.5
  18. Gersh – 2137.5
  19. Lil Lohse – 2120
  20. KA – 1788

CTC Day Thirteen Preview: WAC Finale

Like several of the conferences that came before, the WAC was supposed to come down to one game between the league’s two best teams.  But, something happened on the way to this fateful game tonight.  Cinderella lives in Ruston, LA, as Louisiana Tech took out the top-seeded Nevada Wolfpack last night.  Tonight they will try and take out the #2 team en route to the Dance.

There is a three-way tie for the 2012 WAC title, but if New Mexico St. wins, there will only be two.  Bry, Lohse, and Waters will split the title three ways if NMSU loses to La Tech tonight.  If the Aggies win, Bry (who picked Nevada) will drop out of the title.  For the money division, Bry will win if La Tech wins.  If NMSU wins, Gersh, Gross, and RDoc will split it three ways.

#2 New Mexico St. vs. #5 Louisiana Tech
The Aggies have been playing the best ball in the league for about a month now.  La Tech has been hot, but they are not nearly as talented as the Aggies.  This is a pretty lopsided matchup on paper, but it’s March, and we all know how mad March can be.

Gersh, Gross, Lohse, Mac, RDoc, Teddy, and Waters all have the Aggies tonight.  No one has La Tech.

CTC Day Thirteen Preview: As Expected, the Whole Big West Season Comes Down to One Game

You could see this coming back in November.  Long Beach St. was the clear favorite in this league and, despite their aggressive schedule, it was hard to imagine an at-large coming from a conference so weak.  So, the Beach would have to win this tournament in order to throw fear into some higher seed in March.  But, there was one problem – UCSB.  The Gouchos are talented and unafraid of the 49ers, having ruined last year for them in this game.  Now, this year, the 49ers actually do have a shot at an at-large, but I’m sure they’d rather not roll that die.

Bry and Mac are perfect in the Big West, and both have LBSU, so if the Niners win, they will complete the perfect bracket.  If the Gouchos win tonight, RDoc will steal the title.

#1 Long Beach St. vs. #3 UC-Santa Barbara
It all comes down to this for the Beach.  This team is built to win now.  They have 3 seniors that are 3 of the best players in school history.  They have several other upperclassmen ready to win.  No one who could be a 4- or 5-seed wants this team to win today because they are going to be a tough out next week.

KA and Waters have both lost this one already.  RDoc has UCSB, and everyone else has Long Beach St.

CTC Day Thirteen Preview: When Will We Ever Learn that the Big East Tournament is Crazy

Every year this tournament gets turned upside-down and every year we end up with a finale that, while good and interesting, usually has no CTC impact.  And, here we are again – same thing.  Syracuse, Marquette, Notre Dame, and even Georgetown were chosen as CTC champion picks.  And, yet, our Big East final has none of them.

Thanks mostly to the great pick of L’ville to reach the finals, Primm is your 2012 Big East CTC champion.

#4 Cincinnati vs. #7 Louisville
If Cincy was on the bubble at the beginning of the week, they are certainly off of it now and safely in the tournament, thanks to a thrilling double-OT win over Georgetown and an impressive win over the #2 team in the nation, Syracuse, last night.  Rick Pitino’s Cardinals didn’t necessarily need these wins to get in like Cincy may have, but they have looked really good, beating Seton Hall, then back-to-back 13- and 14-point wins over Marquette and Notre Dame.  Regardless of any CTC implications, the final in the World’s Most Famous Arena is always good.

No one has either of these teams winning this tournament.