Silver Chips Online March Madness Challenge


March 17, 2004, midnight | By KC Costanzo | 16 years, 10 months ago


Silver Chips Online's March Madness Challenge is underway so it's too late to enter now, but you can still sign up for the Sweet 16 Challenge until March 25. Remember, the winner of this year's challenge wins free movie tickets.

Elite Eight update
The second, third and fourth rounds brought massive change to the challenge leader board. With three of the four number one seeds out of the picture and the Maryland Terps getting bounced in the second round, more than a couple brackets are down for the count. Final Four Saturday is just around the corner and no one in the top five will get more than one of the two games correct. Four challengers picked Duke to go all the way and Connecticut followed in the list of Final Four teams with three.

Leaders after Elite Eight
1. Dan Donnelly (Kentucky) - 50 points
2. Nicole Gray (champion left blank) - 49 points
3. Lauren Johnson (Connecticut), Alan Coleman (Connecticut), Justin Vlasits (Kentucky) - 47 points



First round update - Day two
The first round of madness is complete and so far, this has not been a good year for Cinderellas. The top four seeds in each region are still kicking and the only really surprising upset thus far was twelve seed Pacific over five seed Providence, a game none of this year's entrants picked correctly. All but three contestants are within three points of the lead so second round picks could become very important.

Leaders after first round, day two
1. Sam Boone, Justin Vlasits - 28 points
3. Alejandro Bonilla, Dan Donnelly - 27 points



First round update - Day one
After one day of games with very few upsets, there's a log jam on the leader board. There were nail-biters, but in the end, most of the top seeds survived. Many entrants picked Manhattan over Florida as their big first round upset, but strangely few seemed to predict number nine seed Arizona going to down to eight seed Seton Hall.

Leaders after first round, day one
1. Sam Boone, Alejandro Bonilla - 14 points
3. Dan Schwartz, Dan Donnelly, Justin Vlasits, Nicole Gray - 13 points



Scoring is tallied as follows:
First round games - one point for each correct
Second round games - one point for each correct
Sweet 16 games - two points for each correct
Elite Eight games - two points for each correct
Final Four games - four points for each correct
Championship game - eight points if correct

The student with the most points at the end of the tournament is the winner and will be announced online the week following Spring Break.

If you don't already have your own 2004 bracket, print one out here.



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KC Costanzo. Keith "KC" Costanzo is one of the brand-spanking-new editors-in-chief of <i>Silver Chips Online</i>. His responsibilities include maintaining the journalistic integrity of the paper and making sure no one spontaneously combusts due to the stress of deadlines. KC enjoys late night frisbee games and long hours … More »

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