[ Miscellanea for the Final Four and contest scenarios ]
by Bob Timmermann
The Final Four this year consists of four schools who have all won a national championship before: Florida, Ohio State, and Georgetown have one title apiece and UCLA has 11. All the schools have also lost in the championship game. Florida has lost once, UCLA has lost twice, Ohio State has lost three times as has Georgetown The last Final Four that had four schools that had already won it all was back in 1998 when North Carolina, Utah, Kentucky, and Stanford made it to San Antonio.
The matchup between UCLA and Florida in the semifinals is a rematch of the championship game from last year. The only other time that happened was in 1990 and 1991 when UNLV and Duke did it. Cincinnati beat Ohio State in two straight finals in 1961 and 1962.
It's the first time the combination of seeds in the Final Four are 1, 1, 2, and 2.
In 1963, Loyola of Chicago won the national championship despite missing 61 field goal attempts. They were 23 for 84 in a 60-58 overtime win over Cincinnati. In 1985, Villanova missed all of six field goal attempts in its 66-64 win over Georgetown. The Wildcats made 22 of 28 field goals.
As for the Griddle's contest, there were 106 entries and now there are just seven entries eligible to win:
"It goes up to 65" wins if Georgetown wins, regardless of its opponent.
"maligNED and beLITTLEd" wins if UCLA beats Georgetown in the final.
ToyCannon wins if Florida beats Georgetown.
Suffering Bruin wins if Florida beats Ohio State.
"Dodgergabe" wins if UCLA beats Ohio State.
"sonic death monkey" wins if Ohio State beats UCLA.
Trojan Ron wins if Ohio State beats Florida.
There's a holiday for me tomorrow, so I will try to get back in the business of posting baseball content.