And The 2017 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner Is…

By A.J. Katz Comment

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It wasn’t a pretty performance, but the University of North Carolina Tar Heels avenged last year’s heartbreaking title game loss and defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs Monday night 71-65 for the school’s sixth national title in men’s basketball. This is also the third title for coach Roy Williams.

UNC’s victory means that CNBC’s executive vice president of public relations, Brian Steel has been crowned the 2017 TVNewser Bracket Challenge champion, finishing the tournament with a whopping 138 points. Steel was one of four participants who correctly predicted UNC would win it all.

Steel’s CNBC colleague and Squawk Box co-anchor Joe Kernen finished in second place with 114 points, followed by 2016 TVNewser Bracket Challenge champ and HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen with 104 points.

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade and Squawk Box senior executive producer Matt Quayle each earned 103 points.

CNN Early Start co-host Dave Briggs (100), Fox Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell anchor Liz Claman (93), CNBC Closing Bell co-anchor Kelly Evans (86), NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander (85) and CNBC’s digital editorial director Matt Rosoff (81) round out the top 10.

Thanks to all who participated!

STANDINGS
RANK TEAM NAME SCORE CORRECT BEST SCORE BEST CORRECT CHAMPION
1 Brian Steel 138 43 138 43 N. Carolina (137)
2 Joe Kernen 114 42 114 42 N. Carolina (139)
3 Bob Van Dillen 104 35 104 35 N. Carolina (123)
4 Brian Kilmeade 103 39 103 39 N. Carolina (149)
5 Matt Quayle 103 39 103 39 Gonzaga (150)
6 Dave Briggs 100 45 100 45 Duke (161)
7 Liz Claman 93 42 93 42 UCLA (126)
8 Kelly Evans 86 43 86 43 UCLA (155)
9 Peter Alexander 85 41 85 41 Gonzaga (147)
10 Matt Rosoff 81 42 81 42 Arizona (128)
11 Todd Bonin 78 37 78 37 Kansas (154)
12 Jessica Golden 74 41 74 41 Duke (158)
13 Sara Eisen 73 44 73 44 Duke (160)
14 A.J. Katz 68 42 68 42 Duke (145)
15 Kasie Hunt 68 41 68 41 Kentucky (150)
16 Dominic Chu 66 42 66 42 Kentucky (129)
17 Andrew Ross Sorkin 63 39 63 39 Villanova (140)
18 Janelle Rodriguez 63 36 63 36 Villanova (186)
19 Eric Chemi 58 40 58 40 UCLA (155)
20 Blake Burman 57 38 57 38 UCLA (152)
21 Bill Weir 54 37 54 37 Kansas (128)
22 David Westin 54 33 54 33 Michigan (167)
23 Willie Geist 47 29 47 29 UCLA (145)
24 Janice Dean 42 28 42 28 Louisville (160)
25 Steve Kornacki 38 29 38 29 Villanova (141)

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