2017 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Update: Elite 8

By A.J. Katz Comment

After an incredible buzzer-beater which propelled No. 4 seed Florida to  an overtime win over No. 8 Wisconsin at Madison Square Garden, the NCAA tournament regional final matchups are now all set. The action tips off this evening at 6:09 p.m. ET on TBS with No. 11 Xavier taking No. 1 Gonzaga in the West final from San Jose. The Midwest region (Kansas City) gets the prime time slot, with No. 3 Oregon versus No. 1 Kansas. Tipoff for that is 8:49 p.m. ET on TBS.

In more important news, the 2017 TVNewser Bracket Challenge field remains wide open.

One of the newest members of the CNN family, Early Start co-host Dave Briggs, now finds himself in a 1st place tie with a certain co-editor. Both have 68 points. Perhaps Briggs’s sports television background (he was most recently at NBCSN) is coming in handy. Both Briggs and yours truly were tied for 5th place going into the Sweet 16.

CNBC reporter Dominic Chu, (the 2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge winner) is right behind them with 66 points. He and his colleague Closing Bell co-anchor Kelly Evans (62 points) were tied for first going into the Sweet 16.

CNBC Squawk on the Street and Worldwide Exchange co-anchor Sara Eisen held the No. 1 spot after the first round of action, and now sits in 4th place.

Fox Business Network’s Countdown to the Closing Bell anchor Liz Claman made perhaps the most impressive leap over these past two days. She was tied for 11th going into the Sweet 16, and now finds herself at No. 6.

Out of the TV newsers in the top 10, Chu, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt, CNBC Squawk Box co-anchor Joe Kernen, and CNBC’s head of communications Brian Steel have their selection for tournament champion still in the field.

The 2016 TVNewser Bracket Challenge winner, HLN meteorologist Bob Van Dillen, currently sits in 20th place. With that in mind, we may have a new champion this year. But you never know!

Enjoy the games.

STANDINGS
RANK NAME SCORE CORRECT BEST SCORE BEST CORRECT CHAMPION
1 Dave Briggs 68 42 100 45 Duke (161)
1 A.J. Katz 68 42 100 45 Duke (145)
3 Dominic Chu 66 42 122 45 Kentucky (129)
4 Sara Eisen 65 43 81 45 Duke (160)
5 Kelly Evans 62 41 94 44 UCLA (155)
6 Liz Claman 61 39 93 42 UCLA (126)
7 Kasie Hunt 60 40 124 44 Kentucky (150)
8 Brian Steel 58 38 146 44 N. Carolina (137)
8 Eric Chemi 58 40 66 41 UCLA (155)
8 Jessica Golden 58 39 98 43 Duke (158)
8 Joe Kernen 58 39 122 43 N. Carolina (139)
12 Blake Burman 57 38 65 39 UCLA (152)
12 Matt Rosoff 57 40 81 42 Arizona (128)
14 Andrew Ross Sorkin 55 38 71 40 Villanova (140)
14 Janelle Rodriguez 55 35 87 38 Villanova (186)
14 Matt Quayle 55 35 135 40 Gonzaga (150)
17 Bill Weir 54 37 114 41 Kansas (128)
17 Todd Bonin 54 35 142 41 Kansas (154)
19 PETER ALEXANDER 53 38 117 42 Gonzaga (147)
20 Bob Van Dillen 48 32 104 35 N. Carolina (123)
21 Brian Kilmeade 47 36 103 39 N. Carolina (149)
22 David Westin 46 32 54 33 Michigan (167)
23 Willie Geist 39 28 47 29 UCLA (145)
24 Steve Kornacki 38 29 38 29 Villanova (141)
25 Janice Dean 34 27 42 28 Louisville (160)

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