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How to win your bracket contest with “Lost”

March 16, 2010 3 comments

Tonight’s NCAA Tournament’s play-in game takes place at the same time “Lost” airs on ABC.

Coincidence?

Let’s not work against the unknown. Instead, let’s use its mysterious powers to help you win this year’s office pool.

These numbers–4 8 15 16 23 42–are significant to the storyline in “Lost.” So, we’ll use those numbers to pick the winners in your bracket.

Despite promising answers in the final season, the show’s creators have only revealed about one-fourth of the truth thus far. Following their lead, we’ll only reveal this secret strategy as it applies to one quarter of the bracket: the Midwest Region.

Midwest Region: Round 1

#1 Kansas vs. #16 Lehigh

  • Lehigh: 16-seed (-16)
  • Lehigh: Has a #4, 15, 23 and 42 on its roster (4+15+23+42=84)
  • Lehigh: 84-16=68
  • Kansas: #4 is 4th-year G Sherron Collins (4×4=16)
  • Kansas: Has a #4, 15 and 23 on its roster (4+15+23=42)
  • Seed differential: Kansas (+15)
  • Kansas: 16+42+15=73

Pick: Kansas

#8 UNLV vs. #9 Northern Iowa

  • UNLV: Has 8 losses (-8)
  • UNLV: Has a #15 on its roster (+15)
  • UNLV: 15-8=7
  • Northern Iowa: Has a #23 on its roster (+23)
  • Northern Iowa: Has a Jacob (F Jake Koch), a Ben (assistant coach, Ben Johnson) and a Jacob-Ben combo, of sorts (head coach, Ben Jacobson). Wait, Ben is Jacob’s son?
  • Northern Iowa: 23 (Plus, who knows what the Jacob-Ben thing is worth?) Northern Iowa is now officially the island’s dark horse. The smoke monster of the Big Dance, if you will.

Pick: Northern Iowa

#5 Michigan State vs. #12 New Mexico State

  • Michigan State: Has 8 losses (-8)
  • Michigan State: Has a #15 and a 23 (15+23=38)
  • Michigan State: 38-8=30
  • New Mexico State: Has a #15 (+15)
  • New Mexico State: F Wendell McKines averages 10.8 points per game. (108 is the total of the “Lost” numbers. We’ll call this one +10.8, not +108.)
  • New Mexico State: 15+10.8=25.8

Pick: Michigan State

#4 Maryland vs. #13 Houston

  • Maryland: 23 wins (+23)
  • Maryland: 8 losses (-8)
  • Maryland: 23-8=15
  • Houston: 15 losses (-15)
  • Houston: Has a #23 (+23)
  • Houston: 23-15=8

Pick: Maryland

#6 Tennessee vs. #11 San Diego State

  • Tennessee: Has 8 losses (-8)
  • Tennessee: Has a #4 and 23 (4+23=27)
  • Tennessee: 27-8=19
  • San Diego State: 8 losses (-8)
  • San Diego State: Has a #23 and 42 (23+42=65)
  • San Diego State: 65-8=57

Pick: San Diego State

#3 Georgetown vs. #14 Ohio

  • Georgetown: 23 wins (+23)
  • Georgetown: Has a #4 (+4)
  • Georgetown: 23+4=27
  • Ohio: Has a #4
  • Ohio: F Asown Sayles has 16 assists (+16), but he has 16 turnovers (-16)
  • Ohio: 4+16-16=4

Pick: Georgetown

#7 Oklahoma State vs. #10 Georgia Tech

  • Oklahoma State: 10 losses (-10)
  • Oklahoma State: Has a #15 and 23 (15+23=38)
  • Oklahoma State: 38-10=28
  • Georgia Tech: Has a #4 (+4)
  • Georgia Tech: 10-seed (-10)
  • Georgia Tech: 4-10=-6

Pick: Oklahoma State

#2 Ohio State vs. #15 UC-Santa Barbara

  • Ohio State: Has a #4, 15 and 23 (4+15+23=42)
  • Ohio State: G William Buford has 108 assists (+108)
  • Ohio State: 42+108=150
  • UC-Santa Barbara: 15-seed (-15)
  • UC-Santa Barbara: Has a #4, 15 and 42 (4+15+42=61)
  • UC-Santa Barbara: 61-15=46

Pick: Ohio State

Midwest Region: Round 2

#1 Kansas (73) vs. #9 Northern Iowa (23)

Pick: Kansas. So much for Northern Iowa being a dark horse. This is like when the man in black killed Jacob.

#5 Michigan State (30) vs. #4 Maryland (15)

Pick: Michigan State. Anyone notice how the first two losers (Northern Iowa, 23 and Maryland, 15) had “Lost” numbers? Maybe that’s why they lost. Or maybe it’s that the first two winners are coached by guys who’ve won national titles. The mystery remains.

#11 San Diego State (57) vs. #3 Georgetown (27)

Pick: San Diego State. What can I say? San Diego State is a candidate.

#7 Oklahoma State (28) vs. #2 Ohio State (150)

Pick: Ohio State. With that tally of 150, Ohio State is starting to look like the tournament’s Christian Shephard. Not only can this team execute its game plan with the precision of a top surgeon; it can also cheat death.

Midwest Region: Round 3

#1 Kansas (73) vs. #5 Michigan State (30)

Pick: Kansas. Neither men of faith nor men of science can keep from picking KU to go to the Elite Eight.

#11 San Diego State (57) vs. #2 Ohio State (150)

Pick: Ohio State. Through the looking glass, it’s easy to see that Alice in Wonderland trumps Cinderella. Stop looking at me, swan!

Midwest Region: Round 4

#1 Kansas (73) vs. #2 Ohio State (150)

Pick: Ohio State. How did this happen? How does Kansas not make the Final Four? I don’t know. How did the island move? Perhaps this outcome only exists in an alternate reality.

It’s just one of those things we won’t fully comprehend until the end of the season. Maybe not even then.

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