Your basketball knowledge could be worth thousands

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Jessie Stone, right, poses with her 43-inch LG smart television from Kincaid Service Company after winning last year’s Times-Gazette/Kincaid Service Company Bracket Bucks contest. Mark Kincaid of Kincaid Service Company makes the presentation.
T-G File Photo by John I. Carney

Whether you rely on expertise, luck, or something in between, your basketball tournament picks could win you up to $25,000 in this year's Bracket Bucks contest, sponsored by the Times-Gazette and Kincaid Service Company

Last year's local winner of the contest was Jessie Stone of Portland, daughter of Dr. Russell Wade Oliver of Shelbyville. An elementary school music teacher and expectant mom, she assumed she'd lost when her top pick, Gonzaga, was eliminated, but based on points she was still the top local entry in the nationwide contest, receiving a large-screen TV.

You can win

It's Bracket Bucks time again, and this year the winner could be you. Look for the entry form in the March 13 and 14 issues of the Times-Gazette following the official announcement of the NCAA men's basketball tournament brackets this Sunday. Fill out your picks in the tournament, plus (as a tiebreaker) guess the total number of points that will be scored in the championship game.

The local winner, based on a system that awards points for correct picks, will receive a 49-inch LG full HD smart LED television from Kincaid Service Company and will have their name inscribed on the Bracket Bucks trophy. The second-place winner will receive a Holland Companion Grill from Kincaid Service Company.

In addition, local entries will be eligible for a nationwide grand prize of either $25,000 (for a perfect entry) or $2,500 (for a non-perfect entry). In 2008, our local winner, Steve Elliott, was only one point shy of the national prize winner.

Where to enter

Entry forms must be dropped off at Kincaid Service Company, 400 Madison St., or the Times-Gazette, 323 East Depot St., by 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, or must be mailed to the Times-Gazette, PO Box 380, Shelbyville, TN 37162, with a postmark no later than Wednesday, March 14.

See complete rules in Tuesday's Times-Gazette.

Once again, we'll not only have the bracket contest but a separate Count The Basketballs contest. This year, entrants will count the number of basketballs appearing in advertisements on pages 2, 3 and 4 of the special Bracket Bucks insert. Please note that you should only count the basketballs appearing in the ads, not on the entry form, photos, etc. Five winners will be drawn from among those who have the right entry.

Also returning this year is our Celebrity Bracket Contest, with representatives of several contest advertisers making their own tournament picks. We'll check in from time to time to see how the celebrities stack up to each other.