GOSHEN — One TV commentator during the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament remarked, “The only thing predictable about the NCAA Tournament is that its unpredictable.”
While that statement is certainly true it didn’t prevent three entrants in the 15th annual Goshen News NCAA Reader Contest from correctly picking 13 of the teams that made the Sweet 16.
Bob Carpenter of Millersburg, Connie Roose of Goshen and Shawn Baker of Elkhart all were the three prognosticators.
Carpenter, Baker and Kent Yoder of Goshen are in a tie for first place with a total of 51 out of a possible 64 points.
The contest is scored 1-2-4-8-16-32 basis for a total of 192 points.
Denise Cook of Cromwell, Randy Cook of North Webster and Keaton McDonald of Middlebury were the leaders after the games on last Thursday and Friday with 28 winners out of the first 32 games.
Dayton was a surprise member of the Sweet 16 except to Verlin Lehman of Goshen, Phil Maish of Goshen, Vince Miller of Goshen, Jerry Rockey of Shipshewana, Doug Sherman of Millersburg, Lisa Stephens of Goshen and Yoder.
Baker, Paul Harley of Goshen, Ruth Hochstetler of Goshen, Quinn Schrock of Topeka, Steve Steele and Chris Wright of New Paris were the lone entrants to pick Mercer over Duke in the first round.
Florida is the fan favorite to win the national championship after being named on 176 entries. Michigan State is next at 124, followed by Louisville 41, Arizona 36, Wichita State 35, Duke 23, Michigan 22, Kansas 19, Syracuse 15, Virginia 14, Wisconsin six, Iowa State five, Creighton four, Villanova four, Baylor three, UCLA three, Ohio State two, Arizona State one, Oregon one and Tulsa one.
Wichita State, Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, Villanova, Ohio State, Arizona State and Tulsa have already been eliminated from the tourney.
The favorites to make the Final Four are Florida 373, Michigan State 322, Arizona 301, Louisville 219 and Wisconsin 128.
NCAA Contest Leaders