March Madness at Scuttleball 2019
Published on March 19th, 2019
It is our self-serving pursuit of participation that motivates our interest to instill your interest in the 31st edition of Scuttleball. This annual competition brings together sailors across the planet to partake in the massive Men’s College Basketball Tournament Pool.
There were 236 entries in 2018 and this year we want more.
While winners will earn prizes (we’re working on the list but it’s good), all entry fees this year go towards The Warrior Sailing Program which provides maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.
For big college hoops fans, this is the most wonderful time of the year. But for the more ambivalent or completely clueless, all the talk of brackets, sleepers and Cinderellas can be a little intimidating. For you, here are some useless stats to help:
• Highest-scoring team: Gonzaga (88.8 points per game).
• Lowest-scoring team: Kansas State (65.8 points per game).
• Fastest team: North Carolina (74.3 possessions per game).
• Slowest team: Virginia (59.3 possessions per game).
• Best free-throw shooting team: Mississippi (78.3 percent).
• Worst free-throw shooting team: Saint Louis (59.8).
• Best 3-point shooting team: Wofford (41.6).
• Worst 3-point shooting team: Duke (30.2).
• Most experienced team: Nevada (2.71 average seasons)
• Least experienced team: Kentucky (0.58 average seasons)
• Tallest team: Syracuse (average height 79.4 inches)
• Smallest team(s): Prairie View A&M and Gardner-Webb (74.2)
Based on the tournament brackets submitted, the popular picks advancing to the final four are all the #1 seeds: Duke, Gonzaga, Virginia, and North Carolina.
Virginia and Gonzaga are the highest-seeded teams in the field without a national title, Duke is the betting favorite, and North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams was named National Coach of the Year by USA Today. What more do you need to know?
So get off the bar stool and get online…
HOW TO ENTER:
You need to submit your picks on the CBS Sports site no later than 10:00 am EDT, Thursday, March 21st. Click on the CBS Scuttleball pool link… you do not need to know ANYTHING about basketball to play (and some say it’s even better to just guess anyhow).
HOW TO PAY:
Your entry fee of $20 (per set of picks) must be submitted separately, but no later than Thursday, March 28th. If you miss the deadline you will be removed from the pool. NO EXCEPTIONS.
It’s easiest for all if you pay with Paypal via this link… https://www.paypal.me/SocialNav
Please add on $2 for using PayPal to cover their fees. If you prefer to pay by check please mail it to:
PO Box 293
Stonington, CT 06378
HOW TO WIN:
To inform the #veterans of the pool, winning Scuttleball still gets you all the fame and notoriety of the glory years of old – like our 2018 winner Kris Matthews! Of course, if you pull off the DFL you will get chastised for a full year (poor Smitty), but still walk away and a free lifetime subscription to Scuttlebutt Sailing News.