Abby Hornacek Is 2019 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Champion

By A.J. Katz Comment

The University of Virginia is your 2019 NCAA men’s basketball champions. But perhaps more importantly, Fox Nation host Abby Hornacek went wire-to-wire, and is your 2019 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge champion.

In what appears to be Bracket Challenge first, Hornacek was in first place after every round of the tournament, and finished with 141 points.

How’d she do it?

“I would say through blood, sweat, tears and my psychic abilities,” Hornacek told TVNewser. “Just kidding! This was actually the first year I made decisions based more on a feeling than stats. I looked at who had heart throughout the season and tried to predict how they’d perform under pressure in the tournament.  I realized instinct will almost always outweigh analytics.”

She added: “I’d like to thank everyone in the bracket for giving me such great competition throughout March Madness, and I humbly accept bragging rights for the entire year.

In all seriousness, it was a blast to be included in the bracket with amazingly talented people within the industry.  I’m a sports girl at heart, so I loved being a part of some friendly competition. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Hornacek’s new show Park’d with Abby Hornacek debuts April 25 on Fox Nation.

There were four participants who chose UVA to win it all, including Hornacek. The Weather Channel on-air meteorologist Alex Wilson finished in second place with 134 points, CNBC Power Lunch co-anchor Tyler Mathisen (127 points) and Fox News correspondent Kristin Fisher (113 points) followed.

Fox News sports reporter Jared Max, CNBC Squawk on the Street / Closing Bell anchor  Sara Eisen, NBC chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, NBC News Saturday Today co-host and White House correspondent Peter Alexander, and TWC on-air meteorologist Paul Goodloe round out the top ten.

STANDINGS
RANK TEAM NAME SCORE CORRECT BEST SCORE BEST CORRECT CHAMPION
1 Abby Hornacek 141 52 141 52 Virginia (157)
2 Alex Wilson 134 46 134 46 Virginia (138)
3 Tyler Mathisen 127 45 127 45 Virginia (124)
4 Kristin Fisher 113 37 113 37 Virginia (141)
5 Jared Max 97 46 97 46 Gonzaga (142)
6 sara eisen 95 44 95 44 Duke (168)
7 Hallie Jackson 92 46 92 46 N. Carolina (128)
8 Judy Woodruff 92 43 92 43 Duke (222)
9 PETER ALEXANDER 89 47 89 47 Gonzaga (156)
10 Paul Goodloe 88 45 88 45 N. Carolina (123)
11 Edward Lawrence 86 43 86 43 N. Carolina (169)
12 Kasie Hunt 86 45 86 45 Michigan (112)
13 Brian Sullivan 84 42 84 42 N. Carolina (145)
14 kevin corke 82 43 82 43 Gonzaga (149)
15 Tom Keene 78 40 78 40 N. Carolina (154)
16 Joe Kernen 78 42 78 42 N. Carolina (129)
17 A.J. Katz (TVNewser) 77 44 77 44 Duke (152)
18 Liz Claman 76 40 76 40 Gonzaga (158)
19 Dominic Chu 76 42 76 42 Kentucky (129)
20 Todd Piro 76 40 76 40 Duke (77)
21 Brian Steel 75 41 75 41 N. Carolina (142)
22 Becky Quick 73 42 73 42 Duke (152)
23 Alex Wallace 72 43 72 43 Duke (159)
24 matt quayle 72 41 72 41 Gonzaga (145)
25 Andrew Sorkin 70 42 70 42 Duke (143)
26 Melissa Knowles 70 42 70 42 Duke (123)
27 Dylan Dreyer 69 39 69 39 LSU (151)
28 Michael Rancilio 68 37 68 37 Michigan St. (138)
29 Craig Melvin 67 40 67 40 Wofford (150)
30 Peter Doocy 67 41 67 41 Villanova (175)
31 J Kelly 67 35 67 35 Gonzaga (142)
32 janelle rodriguez 66 40 66 40 Duke (151)
33 John Berman 66 39 66 39 Duke (146)
34 Scarlet Fu 64 40 64 40 Gonzaga (148)
35 Jonathan Ferro 64 40 64 40 Gonzaga (147)
36 bob van dillen 64 39 64 39 N. Carolina (123)
37 Trey Yingst 61 39 61 39 Duke (162)
38 Todd Bonin 61 39 61 39 Gonzaga (139)
39 Susan Li 59 37 59 37 Duke (133)
40 Willie Geist 57 33 57 33 Duke (151)
41 Dianne Gallagher 57 36 57 36 N. Carolina (141)
42 Stephanie Abrams 57 33 57 33 Florida (137)
43 Dan Colarusso 56 38 56 38 Michigan (135)
44 Lynn Smith 55 34 55 34 Maryland (135)
45 Stuart Varney 54 34 54 34 Duke (152)
46 Jessica Golden 47 28 47 28 N. Carolina (150)
47 Vonnie Quinn 47 30 47 30 Ohio St. (261)

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