Teacher Matt Stroot announced Tuesday his mother won the 2014 Avalon March Madness Bracket Challenge after Connecticut defeated Kentucky.
Mrs. Jane Stroot finished with 104 points to win the $120 grand prize. She did not select the National Champion winner, yet still had enough points to w in.
Avalon junior Francesco Brown was the runner-up with 99 points and received the $20 second place prize. Brown could have won if Kentucky had taken the National Championship.
The Challenge is an annual event at Avalon, started by Matt Stroot in the yearly years of the school. Many students, teachers and parents enter the tournament challenge and can buy up to three brackets.
This year’s tournament featured lots of unpredictable upsets, crashing many people’s brackets. Upsets include Mercer University over Duke in the first round, and the Dayton Flyers advancing to the Elite 8.
The UCONN Huskies won the NCAA championship Monday night defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54.
Senior guard Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Kentucky’s leading scorer was James Young with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Of the brackets submitted, only four had Kentucky in the championship and no one chose UCONN.
The Huskies are the first seventh seeded team to reach the national championship in the past 36 years.
UCONN’s Lady Huskies also went on to win the Women’s NCAA basketball tournament the next night, beating the Notre Dame Lady Irish 70-58. The Lady Huskies finished their season a perfect 40-0.