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The No. 1-seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels brought the Michigan State Spartans back down to Earth, defeating them 89-72 to win the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship. Ty Lawson finished with 21 points, six assists, and eight steals, while teammate Tyler Hansbrough finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in the win.
With the UNC victory, we now have a clear-cut winner in the Sports of Boston NCAA Bracket Challenge. One reader, who named his/her bracket “I Own Coasties,” won the group with 142 of a possible 192 points. They correctly picked UNC and Villanova reaching the Final Four, and with some success in earlier rounds, it was strong enough to hold off two SoB staff members.
SoB’s Geoff and yours truly (SoB – KC) represented Sports of Boston well to round out the Top 3. SoB’s Pete came in fourth with his bracket and 131 points. I guess we all really do know what we’re talking about! (maybe)
I think I’m done complaining about Rick Pitino, but let me just say that my third place finish would be a first place finish if Louisville managed to beat Michigan St. and then UConn. But, that’s neither here nor there, and a big congratulations from Sports of Boston is due for the bracket’s winner, “I Own Coasties.”
Of the competitors who did not select the correct National Champion, SoB’s Mike led that field, finishing in 16th place. One reader named “Lenna!!!” incorrectly picked Pittsburgh and finished in 17th after a strong start in the first few rounds of the Bracket Challenge.
So, without further ado, I hereby issue “bragging rights for a full year” to “I Own Coasties.” Congratulations!