Well, that was was an exciting and unexpected day of Quizbowl. Here’s a sampling of what we learned:
- As someone said, “there are 50 top 25 teams this year.” There were so many strong teams this year. You needed to get over 70 PPG in order to make the all-star game this year, and 66 people got 50 PPG or more. Powers were flying left and right. Expect more of the same tomorrow.
- Dorman did not fade away after their 10-0 run last year. They started today 9-0, only losing to High Tech by 20 points in Round 14. They’ll be hoping to do better than 1-2 in the playoffs this time.
- And speaking of High Tech, who expected them to do this well? Grace Liu is the real deal, finishing third individually with 96 PPG. Not bad for a team attending the HSNCT for the first time.
- Hunter, Bellarmine, IMSA, and Ladue all met their expectations. We all knew they would be excellent teams, and they proved it. Special props to Bellarmine for finishing 8-2 despite missing one of the star players for the day.
- Many, many teams came out of virtually nowhere to make a statement in the Saturday rounds. Norcross and Oakland Mills were not expected to finish 8-2, and yet here they are. Hanover came within 50 points from beating Bellarmine. It will be interesting to see if they can continue their success tomorrow.
- Just because you’re a B team doesn’t mean you can’t be better than your A team. Maggie Walker B is in the winner’s bracket, while their A team is in the loser’s bracket. Wilmington Charter’s lone playoff representative is their B team.
- No one is safe. Everyone lost at least once, and even the 9-1 teams all had close calls. There is no clear favorite in the double-elimination bracket.
And now, some interesting matchups for tomorrow:
- Carbondale and Loyola will play each other to see who will play IMSA A in a battle of the Illinois schools.
- In fact, that whole section is a bracket of death. In that quarter of the bracket, there are DCC, Bellarmine, IMSA, Auburn, Richard Montgomery, and Loyola. Lots of good teams will be prematurely sent into the loser’s bracket.
- If High Tech and Ladue each win their Round 18 games, they will face each other in a battle of the number 3 scorer versus the number 8 scorer. It will be an interesting match to say the least.
- Thomas Jefferson and Georgetown Day have a good chance of meeting each other in a battle of the DC-area titans.
- Kealing will see how far they can go as a middle school in their round 16 match against E.O. Smith.
- And of course, the best of the best will duke it out to see which team is the national champion!