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The Jerome 2018: Week 1 staff picks

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This. Is. March.

Okay not really, but bear with me. We’re only a few hours away from the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament, which means Conference Tournament Season is officially underway. It also means that we are just a few hours away from the commencement of the 18th annual edition of The Jerome.

If you don’t know, The Jerome is a fairly simple game where you try to correctly guess the winners of every conference tournament. You get one point per correct pick, two points if your pick is seeded third or worse in their conference tournament. It’s pretty straightforward.

There are 14 mid-major conference tournaments this week. That means 14 tickets to the NCAA Tournament are on the line, but more importantly 14 (or more) Jerome points are on the line. We asked our staff to make their picks. They’re probably all wrong, but we decided to share them with you anyway.

Big Ten (yes, this is a mid-major conference)

Austin Brown: Michigan

Chris Schutte: Michigan State

Russ Steinberg: Michigan State

Cam Newton: Purdue

Kyle Cajero: Ohio State

JP Proulx: Purdue

Ohio Valley

Austin: Belmont

Chris: Belmont

Russ: Belmont

Cam: Belmont

Kyle: Murray State

Big South

Austin: Campbell

Chris: Campbell

Russ: Campbell

Cam: Winthrop

Kyle: Radford

JP: UNC-Asheville

Atlantic Sun

Austin: Florida Gulf Coast

Chris: Florida Gulf Coast

Russ: Lipscomb

Cam: Florida Gulf Coast

Kyle: Florida Gulf Coast

JP: Florida Gulf Coast

Missouri Valley

Austin: Loyola-Chicago

Chris: Illinois State

Russ: Loyola-Chicago

Cam: Loyola-Chicago

Kyle: Loyola-Chicago

JP: Indiana State


Austin: Furman

Chris: East Tennessee State

Russ: UNC-Greensboro

Cam: Wofford

Kyle: UNC-Greensboro

JP: Wofford

Colonial Athletic Association

Austin: College of Charleston

Chris: College of Charleston

Russ: College of Charleston

Cam: Hofstra

Kyle: Northeastern

JP: William & Mary


Austin: Rider

Chris: Iona

Russ: Rider

Cam: Rider

Kyle: Iona

JP: Monmouth

West Coast

Austin: Gonzaga

Chris: Saint Mary’s

Russ: Gonzaga

Cam: Gonzaga

Kyle: Saint Mary’s

JP: Saint Mary’s


Austin: South Dakota State

Chris: South Dakota State

Russ: South Dakota State

Cam: South Dakota State

Kyle: South Dakota

JP: South Dakota State


Austin: Wright State

Chris: IUPUI

Russ: Wright State

Cam: Northern Kentucky

Kyle: Wright State

JP: Northern Kentucky


Austin: LIU-Brooklyn

Chris: Wagner

Russ: Wagner

Cam: Wagner

Kyle: Mount St. Mary’s

JP: Farleigh Dickinson


Austin: Bucknell

Chris: Bucknell

Russ: Bucknell

Cam: Bucknell

Kyle: Navy

JP: Bucknell

America East

Austin: Vermont

Chris: Vermont

Russ: Vermont

Cam: Vermont

Kyle: Vermont

JP: Vermont