Battle of the Brackets: After Thursday's madness, 3 tied for 1st
Men's College Basketball
PRESCOTT VALLEY — After Thursday's madness on Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament, Northern Arizona Suns head coach Bret Burchard is tied for first place with two others from the Courier newsroom in the Battle of the Brackets contest.
Burchard, who went 13-3 Thursday and scored 26 total points, tied with senior news editor Tim Wiederaenders (26 points, 13-3) and photo editor Les Stukenberg (26 points, 13-3) for first.
News/sports editor Brian M. Bergner Jr. (24 points, 12-4) and sports reporter Doug Cook (24 points, 12-4) tied for fourth, while community editor Douglas Graham was sixth with a 10-6 record and 20 points.
As for recognizing our top reader picks, "amk371" was tied for first place overall with 28 points (14-2 record), while "jtwice," "chriscoe," and "stkitts1" were tied at 28 points.
This year's point system will work differently to coincide with the online entry contest. It is as follows:
1st Round: 2 points
2nd Round: 4 points
Sweet 16: 8 points
Elite 8: 16 points
Final Four: 32 points
Championship: 64 points