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Who did our Spalding Bracketologists pick for the Final Four?

Crum, Hancock, Pratt, Hampton, McClendon, Meiners, Jones provided expertise to big crowd

Steve Jones

The 10th annual Spalding Bracketology fundraiser is officially in the books. About 1,000 people were on hand Monday night, March 12, at Freedom Hall to hear Spalding’s panel of basketball experts break down the matchups for the NCAA Tournament and fill out their brackets accordingly.

The proceeds from Spalding Bracketology go toward supporting the Golden Eagles’ NCAA Division III athletic program. Thanks to everyone who came out to Spalding Bracketology and supported our student-athletes.

Monday night’s panel was: Hall of Fame Louisville coach Denny Crum, former Louisville player Luke Hancock, former Kentucky player and current radio analyst Mike Pratt, former University of Cincinnati player (and current Yum! Chief Sustainability Officer and new Spalding board member) Roger McClendon, former WNBA player Kym Hampton (who also sang a great rendition of the national anthem), WHAS television and radio host Terry Meiners and former longtime Crum assistant Jerry Jones. WHAS radio’s Tony Cruise was the host.

Here were the Final Four picks for all six Bracketologists:

Spalding student body president Chris Muncy, former Louisville coach Denny Crum, Spalding mascot pose for a picture
Legendary Louisville coach Denny Crum posed with Spalding mascot Ollie the Eagle and Student Government Association President Chris Muncy at the Spalding Bracketology fundraiser on March 12, 2018 at Freedom Hall.

Denny Crum
East: Villanova
South: Virginia
West: North Carolina
Midwest: Duke
National champ: Virginia

Luke Hancock
East: Purdue
South: Virginia
West: Gonzaga
Midwest: Kansas
National champ: Kansas

Mike Pratt
East: Purdue
South: Virginia
West: Xavier
Midwest: Michigan State
National champ: Michigan State

Roger McClendon
East: West Virginia
South: Cincinnati
West: Gonzaga
Midwest: Michigan State
National champ: Gonzaga

Kym Hampton
East: Villanova
South: Arizona
West: Gonzaga
Midwest: Michigan State
National champ: Arizona

Terry Meiners
East: West Virginia
South: Cincinnati
West: North Carolina
Midwest: Michigan State
National champ: North Carolina

Jerry Jones
East: Villanova
South: Virginia
West: Gonzaga
Midwest: Michigan State
National champ: Virginia

Joe B. Hall (not in attendance but made prediction on video)
National champ: Virginia

Big Cash Raffle winners

We auctioned off a ton of cool stuff, and we sold a ton of raffle tickets.

The big winners of the night were Chris and Jenny White, who won the $20,000 Big Cash Raffle . The Whites, who are with USA Portable Buildings in Shepherdsville and are parents of four, said they have been making plans toward building a new house and that the infusion of cash will go a long way. Congrats to them.

We also enjoyed a Facebook Live chat from the Spalding Bracketology VIP reception with Hancock, McClendon and Jefferson Family Court Judge and former U of L player Derwin Webb. Ollie the Eagle – Spalding’s new mascot – also made an appearance, and he was a fan favorite for pictures throughout the night.

Spalding University Bracketology VIP Reception.

Posted by Spalding University on Monday, March 12, 2018

 

Roger McClendon, Jeremy Kipness, Spalding mascot, Luke Hancock pose for picture at Spalding Bracketology
From left to right: former Cincinnati basketball star and current Spalding board member Roger McClendon, ASPIRE Academy coach Jeremy Kipness. Spalding mascot Ollie the Eagle and former Louisville player Luke Hancock at Spalding Bracketology on March 12, 2018