Can I Play With Madness? 2012 NCAA Tournament Player Pool Rankings

March Madness gambling comes in many forms, all of which will be explored by the Bourbon Meyer gang later this week in Vegas. If you are going to be there, don’t be shy, find us and buy us a drink. We’re easy and we put it out.

To get warmed up for the debauchery, I had my annual Tourney player pool draft today. As I introduced here last year, if you are looking to take your March Madness to a new level on the Psych Ward, you must get yourself into a gunner pool. Click the link for the rules in my league. You can make your own, there are lots of ways to run it.

I prepped for a few days and came up with my cheat sheet, which I will now share below. Going into the draft, I was high on Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio State. But because of the way things shook out, I ended up with no one from any of those squads. I also had targeted big scorers on potential sleepers in Isaiah Canaan, Doug McDermott and Casper Ware. Canaan went in the second round (someone really wanted him) but I did land Creighton’s scoring savant. Here are my rankings. If you see something off, let me know in the comments section or via twitter. I’m always looking to improve them and as my track record shows (I’ve never won the damn thing yet), I have a lot to learn.

1. Harrison Barnes
2. Anthony Davis
3. Jared Sullinger
4. Draymond Green
5. Doron Lamb
6. Tyler Zeller
7. Thomas Robinson
8. Terrance Jones
9. Kris Joseph
10. Tyhsawn Taylor
11. John Henson
12. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
13. Marcus Denmon
14. Perry Jones
15. Kim English
16. Deshaun Thomas
17. Austin Rivers
18. Isaiah Canaan
19. Ricardo Ratliff
20. John Jenkins
21. Darius Johnson-Odom
22. William Buford
23. Dion Walters
24. Pierre Jackson
25. Jason Clark
26. Doug McDermott
27. Trey Burke
28. Michael Dixon
29. Michael Snaer
30. Keith Appling
31. Marquis Teague
32. Jeff Taylor
33. Jordan Taylor
34. Tim Hardaway
35. Jeremy Lamb
36. Jae Crowder
37. Cody Zeller
38. Seth Curry
39. Ramone Moore
40. Kyle Kuric
41. Darius Miller
42. Kevin Jones
43. Will Barton
44. Brandon Triche
45. Donte Poole
46. Phil Pressey
47. Casper Ware
48. Kenny Boynton
49. Quincy Acy
50. Tu Holloway
51. Jamaal Franklin
52. Elijah Johnson
53. Reggie Bullock
54. CJ Fair
55. Mason Plumlee
56. Ryan Evans
57. Hollis Thompson
58. Khaliff Wyatt
59. Brad Beal
60. Rodney McGruder
61. Joe Ragland
62. Quincy Miller
63. Jcovan Brown
64. Mike Glover
65. Aaron Craft
66. Drew Gordon
67. Jeff Withey
68. Matthew Dellavedova
69. Robbie Hummel
70. Bernard James
71. Ian Miller
72. Henry Sims
73. Mike Moser
74. Kevin Pangos
75. Russ Smith
76. Demon Brooks
77. Nate Wolters
78. Wendall McKines
79. Ryan Kelly
80. Truck Bryant
81. Peyton Silva
82. Noah Hartsock
83. Chase Tapley
84. Shabazz Napier
85. Festus Ezeli
86. CJ Leslie
87. Mike Scott
88. Sean Kilpatrick
89. Allan Crabbe
90. Zach Novak
91. Jack Cooley
92. Brian Conklin
93. Christian Watford
94. Bradford Burgess
95. Jamichael Green
96. Scott Christopherson
97. Garrett Stutz
98. Jared Berggren
99. Yancy Gates
100. Kendall Marshall

With the 8th pick, I was hopeful Terrance Jones would fall to me. I’m high on the enigmatic Wildcat and think he could be their leading scorer in the tourney. But he went two picks before I selected so I settled for Draymond Green. I took McDermott with my fourth pick and was thrilled to get Jeff Taylor with my sixth pick. The rest of my squad: Tyshawn Taylor (2nd rd), Perry Jones (3rd), Trey Burke (5th), CJ Fair (7th), Mason Plumlee (8th), Donte Poole (9th) and Joe Ragland (10th).

Good luck to all my degenerate brothers and sisters out there.

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2 Responses to Can I Play With Madness? 2012 NCAA Tournament Player Pool Rankings

  1. Helms says:

    Dude, I do a league like this as well and I can tell you exactly why you don’t win every year…..your picks are awful.
    A guy on an 8 seed with the 4th overall pick? I know McDermott is good, but lets say you get two good games out of him and he scores you approximately 40 points and Creighton loses to UNC. Wouldn’t you rather take a gamble on someone like Marquis Teague, CJ Fair, Keith Appling, Mason Plumlee, Elijah Johnson, Jeff Withey, Ricardo Ratliffe, Michael Dixon, Phil Pressey? If you didn’t notice all of those guys are players on 1 or two seeds that average around 10 points per game. You are most likely gonna get 4-5 games out of those guys and if any of them have a big game, you are golden.
    You have to pick more role playing guys on #1 and #2 seeds to produce a steady performance and get as many games as possible out of your players.
    With the team you drafted, you could potentially be down to 5 players after one round. I mean, be honest with yourself, Michigan is highly overrated, Vanderbilt has a documented history of losing early in the tournament, Creighton will only get two games (if they win the first), and the same applies for Wichita State. I’m just saying, you are taking some massive gambles with your picks.
    I will commend you on splitting up your picks per bracket. You haven’t heavily loaded your team with players from one or two brackets, it appears to be evenly distributed. I will also commend you on your picking of alot of guards. Big men can go off for points in the tourney, but the tourney is notorious for physical, defensive play and big men often find themselves in foul trouble and don’t get to play as many minutes as the regular season. Guards are a safer bet most of the time just because they get more minutes and looks. However, I think Draymond Green will have a monster tourney and that’s coming from a Missouri fan.

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