European bracket challenge: Thursday results

In case you didn’t read, I made my team (of European employees at my European employer) fill out brackets. Here’s how they stack up after 1 day:

Person
Thursday
Diana
13
Seema
11
Helen
11
Ela
10
Paul
8
Stefano
6

Overall, pretty impressive results, given that none of them had ever seen one NCAA Basketball game in their life.  In fact, Diana is beating the only Americans in the pool (my wife and I).

Helen had a phenomenal start of 5-0 after picking both UAB and Georgia State to win.  She flamed out a little later as her upset special failed to pan out for 16 seeds Hampton and Lafayette.

Meanwhile, Diana’s conservative strategy seems to be paying off, as she was 13/16. Her few risks did pay off though, as Georgia State was easily the biggest upset predicted in her bracket.  Maybe she knows something we don’t know!

Stefano was the only person to pick Purdue and as a Purdue alum I had been pulling for him, but obviously his Purdue selection was representative of faulty methods as a whole, and he currently sits on the bottom of the ladder.