In March 25 Issue
After a weekend of upsets and close games, the first and second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are in the book and so, too, are the first couple of rounds of the Times Journal's bracket contest.
With nearly 250 brackets turned in for the newspaper’s first-ever community bracket contest, only 64 have 40 or more points accumulated at this point in the tournament, according to the contest's grading criteria.
Only one entrant, Alice Gosser, is above 50 with a two-round score of 51.
With the grand prize being a houseboat weekend on Lake Cumberland courtesy of Indian Hills Resort Alligator II Marina, a $1,895 value, the stakes are high.
The other 63 persons are included in an advertisement in this week's edition.
NCAA brackets were accepted through last Wednesday afternoon in anticipation of the first and second round games in the 65-team tournament.
We at the paper are extremely pleased with the excitement and efforts of all those who took time to fill out a bracket and bring it in to us.
With no fee to pay to enter the contest, it made it even more appealing to you, the reader, that someone might win a weekend on the lake at no cost.
While Kentucky teams Louisville and Murray State are now out of the tournament, the University of Kentucky Wildcats have reached the round of 16 for the first time in five seasons.
The Wildcats, the East region's number one seed, will face the Cornell Big Red, a 12-seed, on Thursday night in Syracuse, NY. Tip-off is scheduled for around 9 p.m. The winner will face the Washington-West Virginia winner on Saturday for a chance to go to the Final Four in Indianapolis.
The bracket contest was in conjunction with the special Cats' Pause section that was included in last week's edition.
Corporate sponsors for the contest are Franklin GM Center, First National Bank, State Farm Insurance-Agent Jay Garmon and Indian Hills Resort/Alligator II Marina. Other sponsors include Laker Country 104.9 fm WJRS and ESPN Radio 1060 am, Duo County Telephone, The Treasure Nook and Farm Bureau.
Second prize in the contest is a car wash and two oil changes provided by Franklin GM, a more than $50 value, while third prize is the print “Wildcat Country” donated by The Treasure Nook in Russell Springs, a $40 value.
Also, through the month of March, all in-county Times Journal subscriptions are just $15 for both new and renewed subscriptions.