Back to work today, so you will have to carry on without me for long stretches of the day.
Five people lead the contest with 15 of 16 correct choices.
Here's the agenda, the times listed are in PT and remember that the times listed for the second games of each doubleheader are approximate.
9:15 am - #13 Albany vs #4 Virginia in the South Region in Columbus. Marmaduke's favorite team takes on the favorite team of Charles I.
9:25 am - #10 Georgia Tech vs #7 UNLV in the Midwest Region in Chicago. Ahh, memories of the days of "Lethal Weapon III." I had to look up who the other two guys who weren't Kenny Anderson.
9:30 am - #15 North Texas vs #2 Memphis in the South Region in New Orleans. The Tigers haven't lost since December 20 when Arizona beat them.
11:30 am - #11 Winthrop vs #6 Notre Dame in the Midwest Region in Spokane. Back in November, Winthrop beat Presbyterian. The Eagles have also beaten Limestone. Notre Dame beat Alabama when the Tide was ranked fourth. That was a while ago.
11:35 am - #12 Long Beach State vs #5 Tennessee in the South Region in Columbus. Time for all the 49er alums in the Windy City to go root on "The Beach." I believe there are four.
11:45 am - #15 Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs #2 Wisconsin in the Midwest Region in Chicago. TAMU-CC calls itself the "Island University." I guess they have a point.
11:50 am - #10 Creighton vs #7 Nevada in the South Region in Columbus - The Bluejays try to join fellow Jesuit institutions Georgetown and Xavier in the second round.
1:40 pm - #14 Miami University vs #3 Oregon in the Midwest Region in Spokane - And so it begins. This is the mystery game. It's likely going to be seen only in Oxford, Ohio and Oregon. And maybe in Saskatchewan and parts of the Northern Marianas.
4:10 pm - #12 Illinois vs #5 Virginia Tech in the West Region in Columbus - The Illini will try to press on without Chief Illiniwek. The Hokies will try to get along without their mascot which is a ... um ...
4:10 pm - #16 Niagara vs #1 Kansas in the West Region in Chicago - I'm not sure what's in the water of the Niagara River that makes the eagles there purple.
4:20 pm - #9 Purdue vs #8 Arizona in the Midwest Region in New Orleans - When the Wildcats won it all in 1997, they finished fifth in the Pac-10.
4:25 pm - #13 New Mexico State vs #4 Texas in the East Region in Spokane - New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus' bio on the IMDB says, "Is considered the most underrated guard in NBA history." Well then it must be true.
6:30 pm - #13 Holy Cross vs #4 Southern Illinois in the West Region in Columbus - People from Worscester pronounce their city's name "Wooster." People from Carbondale pronounce their city's name "Carbondale."
6:30 pm - #9 Villanova vs #8 Kentucky in the West Region in Chicago - Jim Boeheim will refuse to watch this game as a matter of principle. And it's going to start really late on the East Coast.
6:40 pm - #12 Arkansas vs #5 Southern California in the East Region in Spokane - I wonder which of the 25 daily nonstops from Fayetteville to Spokane the Hogs flew on.
6:40 pm - #16 Jackson State vs #1 Florida in the Midwest Region in New Orleans - This will likely be the last game of the first round. Watch for numerous scary looking shots of Joakim Noah laughing on the bench.