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ROTD: Round 2 Preview

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After a month of heavy scientific consideration, we're ready to move into Round 2 of voting for our Rebel of the Decade.  Not surprisingly, every 1 and 2 seed survived.  I was, though, a little surprised that none of the 3 seeds were booted from our little contest, along with only one 4 seed.  I was castigated early in the polling for errors in seeding, but the selection committee, obviously, got things pretty close.  Either that or there's a big discrepancy between the top 20 Rebels of the last decade and the next 20.  We'll get Round 2 rolling next week, but until then we have update brackets and some stats after the jump.

 

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The matchup between Powe and Oher turned out to be the second most competitive in the whole First Round of the bracket.  Big Mike took it 53-46, though.

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The four-five match-up in the Rebel Bracket ended up as the most lopsided in the poll.  Stephen Head showed himself to be the most popular of the 2005 Diamond Rebs by a crushing 91 to 9 percent (no, I don't know where that other 1 percent went).

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  Dexter, Deuce, and Drew cruised to big victories in their first rounds.  Meanwhile, Brittany Reese edged Lance Lynn 53-46 to advance.  Along with the Powe/Oher match-up, the Reese/Lynn was the second closest in all the polling. Vaught_bracket_medium

Chris Warren was the only "underdog" to advance out of the first round, beating out #4 Barnabus Kirui 51-48 in the closest vote of the First Round.  Mike Bianco also cruised to a first round victory over Jonathan Nichols 78-21.