There’s a New Bracket Challenge Leader Going Into Tonight’s National Championship Game

By A.J. Katz Comment

It all comes down to Michigan versus Villanova. The Wolverines and Wildcats face off in the 2018 national championship game tonight at 9:20 p.m. ET on TBS.

Michigan is known for its size and defensive prowess, while Villanova is known for an extraordinary offense, particularly its record-setting three-point shooting. ‘Nova hit a March Madness-record 18 threes in their Final Four victory over Kansas, while Michigan knocked off Loyola-Chicago to earn its spot in the title game.

Villanova is a 7-point favorite tonight.

But what you REALLY want to know is who is leading the 2018 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, right?

Going into Saturday’s Final Four games, it was NBC News Sunday Today host and MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist in first place, with HLN Morning Express host Robin Meade right behind him.

The tables have turned. With 103 points, Meade now leads the 2018 Bracket Challenge field. Bloomberg Daybreak anchor David Westin has also moved past Geist, and into second place with 98 points. Geist now sits in 3rd, followed by CNN Early Start co-host Dave Briggs, and Fox & Friends correspondent Todd Piro.

Both Meade and Westin have Michigan winning it all. Geist and Briggs have Villanova taking the title.

It will likely be one of the aforementioned four newsers winning the Bracket Challenge this year, but stranger things have happened!

Stay tuned…

Here’s a look at the field:

STANDINGS
RANK TEAM NAME SCORE CORRECT BEST SCORE BEST CORRECT CHAMPION
1 Robin Meade 103 37 135 38 Michigan (132)
2 David Westin 98 35 130 36 Michigan (137)
3 Willie Geist 89 39 121 40 Villanova (148)
4 Dave Briggs 83 38 115 39 Villanova (136)
5 Todd Piro 82 36 82 36 Virginia (157)
6 A.J. Katz (TVNewser) 80 36 112 37 Villanova (158)
7 Kasie Hunt 79 36 111 37 Michigan (155)
8 Matt Quayle 78 34 78 34 Virginia (145)
9 Blake Burman 76 35 108 36 Michigan (150)
9 Lynn Smith 76 34 76 34 Virginia (117)
11 Dominic Chu 75 38 107 39 Villanova (129)
11 Jessica Golden 75 32 107 33 Villanova (136)
13 Andrew Ross Sorkin 74 36 106 37 Villanova (133)
13 Hari Sreenivasan 74 36 106 37 Villanova (135)
13 Michael Rancilio 74 36 106 37 Villanova (158)
13 Peter Doocy 74 31 106 32 Villanova (151)
13 Todd Bonin 74 35 106 36 Villanova (135)
18 Hallie Jackson 72 37 104 38 Villanova (163)
19 Craig Melvin 71 33 71 33 Virginia (143)
19 Dylan Dreyer 71 35 71 35 Nevada (191)
21 Bob van Dillen 70 34 70 34 N. Carolina (132)
21 Kevin Corke 70 35 102 36 Villanova (147)
23 Brian Sullivan 69 32 101 33 Villanova (161)
24 Janelle Rodriguez 68 36 68 36 Kansas (103)
24 Peter Alexander 68 37 68 37 Virginia (145)
26 Brian Steel 67 31 67 31 N. Carolina (144)
27 Lisa Desjardins 66 31 66 31 Kansas (102)
27 Liz Claman 66 34 98 35 Villanova (120)
29 Coy Wire 65 35 65 35 Kansas (137)
29 Mike Bettes 65 33 65 33 Virginia (153)
31 Sara Eisen 62 36 62 36 Virginia (136)
32 Jeffrey McCracken 61 33 61 33 Michigan St. (152)
32 Tyler Mathisen 61 36 61 36 Virginia (128)
34 Harris Faulkner 59 33 59 33 Kansas (150)
35 Ana Cabrera 58 35 58 35 Duke (144)
35 Judy Woodruff 58 33 58 33 Duke (136)
37 Becky Quick 57 31 57 31 Xavier (142)
37 Tom Keene 57 34 57 34 Purdue (136)
39 Matt Rosoff 56 27 88 28 Villanova (165)
40 Joe Kernen 54 32 54 32 Xavier (137)
41 Jason Kelly 53 32 53 32 Virginia (136)
41 Sandy Cannold 53 32 53 32 Michigan St. (152)
43 Anne Tironi 49 30 49 30 Michigan St. (156)
43 Scarlet Fu 49 31 49 31 Kansas (164)
45 Alex Wilson 43 32 43 32 Virginia (159)
46 Melody Taylor 41 29 41 29 N. Carolina (146)
47 Gerri Willis 27 23 27 23 N. Carolina (160)

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