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Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge Update: El Erian. Jos. A. Bernanke. Two Enter, One Leaves With Dealbreaker Koozies, The Other Leaves With Six Pimco Pens

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Our algorithms proved correct. El Erian The Man could only be tied by Jos. A. Bernanke if UConn upset Florida on Saturday. And it happened!

So here’s all you need to know for tonight: If UConn and Kentucky score a total of 138 points or higher, Jos. A. Bank wins and El Erian finishes second. If the score is 137 points or lower, El Erian really IS the man. Jos. A. Bernanke would still get second.

Our projection system, which has never gotten us laid, is a model using advanced shooting, free throw, turnover, rebounding, pace and efficiency stats from the beginning of the season to the beginning of the tournament. It says Kentucky will win the national championship game tonight, by 70-69. However, the algorithm has feelings and emotions, and cautions in Donald Longueuil's sultry voice that if Kentucky abuses UConn on the boards the way it abused teams on the boards all season – and if the Wildcats get to the line regularly and make their free throws – they should win the game by 14 points. And if UConn can force turnovers – a thing the team does very well – it could skew the game in the Huskies’ favor.

Enjoy the game!


Dealbreaker NCAA Tournament Challenge: Final Results

And the winner of dinner at Peter Luger, an I Heart Dealbreaker button, a Greenlight Capital messenger bag, a Pershing Square golf umbrella, Third Point running sneakers, and a Blackstone overnight bag that you could legitimately fit several bodies in is: Benjamin W., with 154 points and Kentucky for the win. BW, please email us to collect your goody-bag. As was the case last year, the nine people who nearly won but, in fact, still lost, will be receiving a consolation in the form of an I Heart DB button. Those people are: Economic Prophets Frank F. GM Bones Katherine L. Lauren W. Matt R. Wildebeest Ben J. DHP Get in touch to let us know where the enviable prize should be sent.