<
>

The ESPN Tourney Draft begins today

3/13/2012

For as much as people love their pools (and I am one of them), that's not the only way to slice and dice the bracket for your prognosticatory needs. I have buddies that use a "Calcutta" bidding format (lots of jelly beans being bid on Kentucky this year, methinks) and I know lots of people who use fantasy football-style drafts, which compiles different tournament entities into a "team" and assigns points for advancement into the field.

We've got traditional brackets galore (join our blog pool here and show us how it's done), but we decided to get in on the fun. From noon to 4 p.m. ET today, yours truly faced off with ESPN.com's own Jason King, Mark Schlabach and John Gasaway in the first-ever ESPN Tourney Draft. (To follow along on Twitter, hit hashtag #ESPNTourneyDraft.) The rules went as follows:

  • Snake-style draft

  • Scoring is simple and straightforward: Rounds 1 and 2: 1 point; Round 3: 2 points; Round 4: 4 points; Round 5: 8 points; Round 6: 16 points; Champion: 32 points. (Yes, we're assigning a point to the winners of the play-in rounds. All part of the drafting strategy.)

  • Draft order determined by alphabetical order of surname. Again: simple.

Really, that's pretty much it. Here's how the teams came out.

Brennan: Kentucky, Florida State, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville, UNLV, Temple, Kansas State, VCU, Harvard, Creighton, WVU, Iona, Colorado State, Ohio, Loyola (MD), Lamar

Gasaway: Ohio State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico, Florida, Saint Louis, Purdue, Virginia, Belmont, Texas, Iowa State, South Dakota State, BYU, Lehigh, UNC-Asheville

King: North Carolina, Missouri, Baylor, Wichita State, Cincinnati, UConn, Xavier, Cal, NC State, New Mexico State, Detroit, Colorado, St. Bonaventure, Montana, South Florida, Norfolk State, Vermont

Schlabach: Kansas, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Duke, Michigan, Long Beach State, Notre Dame, Murray State, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, Davidson, SDSU, Southern Miss, Alabama, Western Kentucky, Miss. Valley State, LIU Brooklyn

As for my team, well, I tend to like our chances. Nabbing Kentucky with the first pick was a no-brainer, of course, but Florida State looks even better now that Syracuse's Fab Melo has been deemed ineligible for the entire tournament, which proved a major hit to Mr. Gasaway's squad and a major boost to Schlabach, who loves the Vanderbilt selection even more than he did when he chose it. John, being the tempo-free devotee that he is, hewed to an effective value-based efficiency strategy. My strategy was similar going in, but I was a little bit more worried about spreading my risk throughout my bracket and focusing more on teams (at least in the early rounds) that had good chances of progressing past the second weekend.

How'd I do? I'm not really sure. But it doesn't hurt to have the clear tournament favorite land in your lap.

In any case, if you didn't join us at the time, you can replay Tuesday's live draft at this link. And you can find the full list of picks in the order they were selected after the jump.

In the meantime, judge us harshly: Which team drafted best? Hit us in the comments or on Twitter at the #ESPNTourneyDraft hashtag. This is going to be a lot of fun.

2012 ESPN Tourney Draft results:

1. Eamonn -- Kentucky

2. Gasaway -- Ohio State

3. King -- North Carolina

4. Schlabach -- Kansas

5. Schlabach -- Michigan State

6. King -- Missouri

7. Gasaway -- Syracuse

8. Brennan -- Florida State

9. Brennan -- Marquette

10. Gasaway -- Wisconsin

11. King -- Baylor

12. Schlabach -- Vanderbilt

13. Schlabach -- Duke

14. King -- Wichita State

15. Gasaway -- Indiana

16. Brennan --Georgetown

17. Brennan -- Louisville

18. Gasaway -- Memphis

19. King -- Cincinnati

20. Schlabach -- Michigan

21. Schlabach -- Long Beach State

22. King -- UConn

23. Gasaway -- New Mexico

24. Brennan -- UNLV

25. Brennan -- Temple

26. Gasaway -- Florida

27. King -- Xavier

28. Schlabach -- Notre Dame

29. Schlabach -- Murray State

30. King -- Cal

31. Gasaway -- St. Louis

32. Brennan -- Kansas State

33. Brennan -- VCU

34. Gasaway -- Purdue

35. King -- NC State

36. Schlabach -- Gonzaga

37. Schlabach -- St. Mary's

38. King -- New Mexico State

39. Gasaway -- Virginia

40. Brennan -- Harvard

41. Brennan -- Creighton

42. Gasaway -- Belmont

43. King -- Detroit

44. Schlabach -- Davidson

45. Schlabach -- SDSU

46. King -- Colorado

47. Gasaway -- Texas

48. Brennan -- WVU

49. Brennan -- Iona

50. Gasaway --Iowa State

51. King -- St. Bonaventure

52. Schlabach -- So. Miss

53. Schlabach -- Alabama

54. King -- Montana

55. Gasaway -- South Dakota State

56. Brennan -- Colorado State

57. Brennan -- Ohio

58. Gasaway -- BYU

59. King -- South Florida

60. Schlabach -- Western Kentucky

61. Schlabach -- Miss. Valley State

62. King -- Norfolk State

63. Gasaway -- Lehigh

64. Brennan -- Loyola (MD)

65. Brennan -- Lamar

66. Gasaway -- UNC Ashville

67. King -- Vermont

68. Schlabach -- LIU Brooklyn