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February 14, 2014

Daily analysis, Friday, February 14 – 2014 College Championship, QF #5

2014 College Championship
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
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It’s our last quarterfinal, and you know I’m pulling for Middlebury over Ohio State and Ball State. There’s room for all three in the semis, though.The Final Wager - February 14, 2014

I was worried about Erika in the first round – it looked like she was having trouble buzzing in. She fixed things with plenty of time to spare, and made a great charge. Great get by Maria on that last clue in Double Jeopardy! to jump into the lead.

Maria Khrakovsky (Ohio State): 12,800
Erika Sloan (Middlebury): 11,400
Alex Sventeckis (Ball State): 3,800

The Final Jeopardy! category: GETTING A “D” IN COLLEGE

What a bizarre category. Anyway, here’s what I’d do as each player – yes, both Maria and Erika can wager 0 and advance, but they don’t know that!

Maria can wager 10,001 to lock out Erika, or something smaller if she wants to play for a wild card. (Historically, 12,800 is good for a wild card 52% of the time.)

Erika can wager up to 3,799 to finish above Alex. Scared that won’t be enough for a wild card? Consider up to 7,599 to force Alex to answer correctly, or up to 8,600 to finish above Maria if she goes for the straight-up win. (11,400 has been good for a wild card 43% of the time.)

Alex should go for everything; the lowest-ever College Championship cut-off was 5,600.

Note that if Erika wagers a maximum of 3,799, she’ll have 15,199; Maria can wager 2,400 to top that possibility. Then if Erika is looking for something smaller, she can wager up to 999 to stay above that. Fun times with math and mind games.

Woohoo! Cheer, boys, cheer!

Quarterfinal winners:

Whitney Thompson (Oklahoma)
Ben Juster (UCLA)
Terry O’Shea (Princeton)
Eric Turner (Vanderbilt)
Erika Sloan (Middlebury)

Wild cards:

Kevin Shen (Berkeley):  15,401
Julia Clark (Harvard):  13,599
Laurie Beckoff (U Chicago):  13,400
Tucker Pope (Texas A&M):  11,370
Cameron Kim (Duke):  10,800
Alex Sventeckis (Ball State):  6,800

Kenesha Bennett (Oakwood):  4,400
Maria Khrakovsky (Ohio State):  3,800

Sarah Stevens (Delaware):  1,400
James Fulwiler (Temple):  0

The wild cards came from Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (2).

The Final Jeopardy! clue for February 14, 2014 (GETTING A “D” IN COLLEGE):

THE USA’s OLDEST ENDOWED CHAIR IS A HARVARD CHAIR OF THIS SUBJECT, GIVEN IN 1721 WHEN THAT WAS LARGELY WHAT HARVARD TAUGHT

Correct response: What is divinity?

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