Announcing the 11W Bracket Contest '13

By Jason Priestas on March 17, 2013 at 6:22p
This basketball, autographed by Jared Sullinger, to the champion

It's a wide-open field, but that doesn't mean your bracket is necessarily flammable. For you, knowledgeable sports fan, understand that Ohio State will win every game in this tournament by 50-point margins.

Okay, maybe not. But you're an Eleven Warriors reader, so you know more about college basketball than the average fan and your bracket will reflect that.

As we do every year, we're holding a contest to determine which one of you brainiacs has the best bracket. We'll be giving away the signed Jared Sullinger ball you see above to the winner. So get in, and make your picks count.

The rules and relevant bits:

Good luck!


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Bucks43201's picture

Thank you, 11W

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Smanpoint10's picture

What if I am 18 by april 20? may i please still join haha

741's picture

[Deleted. I figured it out.]

dubjayfootball90's picture

this got me wide-eyed... I want!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Kaceybrown's picture

Lol I'm terrible at these. Always end up having like 3-4 1 seeds in the final four...

703Buckeye's picture

Just as long as you have the #2 seed in the west winning it all, you're all good ;)

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

AJW_16's picture

Just entered my bracket. That basketball would look bad ass on my desk in my office...

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

brandonbauer87's picture

Lots of chalk in my bracket.  not a lot of interesting matchups.

Grant Edgell's picture

All things considered, this is one of the toughest brackets to fill out in recent memory (not that my past performances haven't screamed "MAN, THIS IS EASY!").

Nick's picture

I got the Bucks winning the 'ship vs Indiana, lulz.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

that is my first bracket just based on a whim as well.  OSU >  Louisville and IU > G'Town in Final Four.

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81Alum's picture

Me too! Da Bucks over IU 71-70 :-)

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I decided to make an "All Big Ten" bracket just for kicks.  There's a sprinkling of random upset picks, but whenever a B1G school is playing a non-B1G school, you can guess who I picked.
7 out of the elite 8 from the B-1-G...  because why not?  And this pool doesn't cost money.  :)

81Alum's picture

I almost had an all BIG final four...but just couldn't pick TSUN. So, I have Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, and Kansas, with the Bucks over IU in the final.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Is a College Basketball Invitational pool in the works this year? I think I can go all the way!

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harleymanjax's picture

Buckeyes over Kansas!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

biggy84's picture

I try to predict upsets to distance myself, just in case. In other words, my bracket usually sucks.

steensn's picture

Indiana, UM, MSU, and OSU in final 4, UM v OSU with OSU the victor. How is that for homerizm?

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

I got UL, OSU, Georgetown and Miami. Buckeyes over Hoyas.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

dancorona5's picture

well crap. i just filled mine out without looking at any comments and have the same final 4 with OSU over miami.

UrbzRenewal's picture

Buckeyes*, Spartans, Jayhawks, Canes*
Buckeyes over Miami in the final.

jthiel09's picture

Call me crazy but I'm with STEENSN ... got:
OSU vs. MSU -> Winner - OSU
UM vs. IU -> Winner - Indiana
OSU vs. IU -> National Champions - OSU
Show me this post a month and a half ago and I'd laugh ... now I'm pretty confident after how Matta has gotten this team to perform the last month. 
Also say the Final Four is all B1G teams ... all those "experts" will still argue that the B1G isn't the best conference in all of basketball. Heaven forbid the B1G is deemed good at something.


Kurt's picture

What's the scoring format?  Conventional (should I just take top-seeds through?) or custom (should I get creative?)?  
I know you guys do ESPN for the group size, but Yahoo!'s custom scoring is very cool.

Jason Priestas's picture

I think it's pretty conventional. X points per winner picked. X multiplies as the rounds progress.

thatlillefty's picture

Ohio State over Florida... redemption

jthiel09's picture

It would be sweet if it turned out like that ... I would be most pleased as would all of Buckeye Nation.


Poison nuts's picture

That's my pick as well Lefty. I'm praying for it & it isn't all that far fetched.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

German Buckeye's picture

Just go ahead and send Jared's basketball to my address...  :) 
Go Bucks - let's take the championship back to the Buckeye State!

BucksfanXC's picture

I won this thing back in the day before 11W had millions of hits regularly. - Hipster BucksfanXC

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Silverbuck8's picture

OSU over Kansas when it counts.

partisan's picture

Its maxed out now, can't create a bracket.

Jason Priestas's picture

Strange. I don't think there's a limit on the group size and as it stands there are 563 members in the group, which would be a rather arbitrary size limit.

Is anyone else seeing this issue?

Riggins's picture

It just let me sign up, so I'm not sure why others are having issues.

Derek Young's picture

You kidding? 563 is my favorite number. 

bucknasty13's picture

I just got the same message with 745 users

Jason Priestas's picture

Weird. It's showing 788 in the group now.

3rdGenBuckeye's picture

I too am having that issue

BuddhaBuck's picture

Up to 865 Members .. but I only counted ~51 entries. 

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Haybucks's picture

Louisville - Kansas - Indiana - Ohio State
tOSU over IU
GoGoGophers knock out GayGayGators!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


osubuckeye4life's picture

tOSU over FL REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!