Tim Kelly v. Weston Wamp: Each mayor is victorious for men’s or women’s NCAA bracket predictions

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, left, and Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly have provided their March Madness brackets to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp, left, and Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly have provided their March Madness brackets to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Final Four are set for both the men's and women's college basketball tournaments, and each mayor — Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp — is victorious over the other in their bracket predictions for each contest.

In the men's bracket, Wamp has correctly predicted 64% of the games, a higher rate than Kelly's 38%.

Kelly fared much better in the women's bracket, notching a 70% accurate prediction rate. It's better than Wamp's bracket, as the county mayor did not submit predictions to the Chattanooga Times Free Press for the women's tournament.

Overall record heading into Final Four

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly:

— Men's: 24-39.

— Women's: 42-18.

Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp:

— Men's: 39-22.

— Women's: Did not submit.

Source: Brackets provided by Tim Kelly's and Weston Wamp's offices


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The bust for Kelly's men's bracket is complete as none of the city mayor's Final Four predictions — No. 10 seed Drake, No. 5 seed Saint Mary's, No. 3 seed Kentucky and No. 2 seed Tennessee — are still in the tournament.

Tennessee lost its Elite Eight matchup with Purdue on Sunday, failing to secure the program's first Final Four bid in school history. Kelly's other three picks all lost in the first round of the tournament.

For the women's tournament, Kelly correctly picked two of the Final Four teams: top seed South Carolina and No. 1 seed Iowa, led by all-time leading NCAA scorer Caitlin Clark.

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Wamp correctly predicted one of the Final Four in the men's bracket as the top seed and defending champion UConn topped Oregon State on Saturday to advance to the national semifinal.

Neither mayor predicted the Cinderella run of No. 11 seed North Carolina State advancing to the Final Four in the men's tournament for the first time since 1983.

The North Carolina State women's team also secured a spot in the Final Four over the weekend.

The men's tournament resumes Saturday, and the women's starts again Friday.

Contact Ben Sessoms at bsessoms@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.


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