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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.
|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)|