Feb. 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced today the top 16 schools that have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA 6th Fan Contest with Western Carolina grabbing one of the spots.
The field in the online competition has narrowed to 16 schools for the contest's 2nd round. Fans of the Sweet Sixteen Division I men's basketball programs can cast votes on NCAA.com until February 23 to prove that their school belongs in the Elite Eight® of the most spirited, most dedicated, most passionate fans. NCAA 6th Fan is a national contest for fans to show their school pride and support online in an NCAA March Madness-style competition.
Here is a link to the site to see head-to-head competition and to vote. Western Carolina is currently in a battle foe an elite eight spot with BYU.
Each school in the 6th Fan's Sweet Sixteen is receiving $10,000 in general scholarship funds, with each having the flexibility to award the dollars to a randomly selected student or for deposit in the school's general scholarship fund. Following a week of Round two voting, schools that receive more votes than their head-to-head competitor will advance to the Elite 8, which will be announced February 24. On March 3, following another week of head-to-head voting match-ups, the schools advancing to the contest's Final Four® will be announced. The two finalists will be named March 10.
Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports College Basketball Analyst and 6th Fan spokesperson, will host a LIVE Google+ Hangout February 24 to field fan questions and share stories from his career covering college basketball. Clark has been offering his insights and promoting the contest since it launched January 7.
Fans can vote for the remaining 16 schools in the contest at NCAA.com/6thFan as well as check out current voting in each head-to-head match-up. To prove which of the Sweet Sixteen fan base is most passionate, supporters are asked to vote daily on NCAA.com, or via Twitter using #6thFan and their school's unique hashtag, with Western Carolina's being #WCAR. Fans also can connect their Facebook to the site to vote and register for a chance to win prizes.