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February 20, 2014

Daily analysis, Thursday, February 20 – 2014 College Championship Final #1

2014 College Championship
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2

It’s the Finals, a two-day total-point affair. Final Jeopardy! in Game One is more like a Daily Double, so we’ll look at how tonight’s game will affect tomorrow’s deciding match.The Final Wager - February 20, 2014

Here are the scores going into Final Jeopardy! – err, the Daily Double (BEW!-buh-BEW!-buh-BEW!-BEW!-BEW!):

Kevin Shen (Berkeley): 10,600
Tucker Pope (Texas A&M): 10,400
Terry O’Shea (Princeton): 13,200

The Final Jeopardy! category: AUTHORS

Here’s what happened:

The most important point to keep in mind, based on my tutorial on two-day wagering, is that heading into Final in Game Two:

  • Kevin will need to lead Tucker by 3,018 and Terry by 5,518 to be in the lead
  • Tucker will be in the lead if Kevin’s not beating him (see above) and he has at least 2,501 more than Terry
  • Terry can trail Tucker by up to 2,499 and Kevin by up to 3,017 and still control her own destiny

You calculate each by taking the difference between the two scores, and dividing them in half, since you won’t be able to risk any points from Game One in Game two.

The Final Jeopardy! clue for February 20, 2014 (AUTHORS):

ON HIS DEATH IN 1862, A MASSACHUSETTS PAPER SAID, “NO MAN EVER LIVED CLOSER TO NATURE, AND REPORTED HER SECRETS SO ELOQUENTLY”

Correct response: Who is Henry David Thoreau?

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