missmarian is the winner of the 10th Annual OSGA NCAA Bracket Tourney Contest. The most points that could be accumulated were 184. missmarian finished with only 111. Previous winners had over 150 total points, yet this year most players finished with under 100 points in what was the biggest upset driven contest in the 10 year history of the event at OSGA.
The 10th Annual OSGA NCAA Tourney Bracket Challenge came down to two players vying for $1000 bucks as only missmarian and bigm had Connecticut going into the final. No contest entrants had picked Butler to even get to the Final four, let alone the Championship game. UConn dominated the second half and thus this years winner of the annual OSGA contest is missmarian.
Unfortunately for missmarian, she is not an OSGA member and thus only qualifies for
a grand prize of $300. bigm will receive the 2nd place prize of a $200 Free Play at BetOnline.
"We kinda wanted to see Butler come out on top", said Jim Quinn, OSGA president. "This would have been the first time in a decade that no player had picked the correct winner of the tournament. A Butler win would have really shaken up the final standings."
Contestants were awarded points in the bracket style contest and many were still alive going into the last weekend of the tourney, as the Final Four winners yielded 16 points and the tourney champion 24. The most points that could be accumulated were 184. missmarian finished with only 111. Previous winners had over 150 total points, yet this year most players finished with under 100 points in what was the biggest upset driven contest in the 10 year history of the event at OSGA. The contest was a wild ride for many players who were dropping or gaining 10, 20 or even thirty places each week due to the runs by underdogs VCU, Butler and Florida State coupled with the dismal play of many Big East squads.
For players who were not in the running for the grand prize, the contest featured a consolation prize, a staple of the OSGA contest for the last four years. In all over 20 players are eligible for the free bet being offered by BetBadlands. Eligible players were truly knocked out early as the rules for this prize were that one of the Final Four selections had to lose the first two rounds. Big East teams were the dominant cause for players receving this prize, 7 players had Louisville, while St. Johns and Villanova combined for 7 additional consolation entries.
Here is the prize breakdown. All winners will be contacted via email.
missmarian - $300 Cash Grand Prize
bigm - a $200 Free Play at BetOnline
smookey - a $100 Free Play at JustBet
samo - $75 Cash
jjlewist - $50 Cash
Places 6-10 - a $25 Free Play at BetOnline
Congratulations to all who participated in the contest.