Tipoff in tonight's NCAA men's basketball final is set for 8:23 p.m. CDT in Houston, TX. UConn is favored by four points to beat Butler. Here's the chart:
UConn gets 1st house, ruler Venus. Butler gets 7th, ruler Mars. Moon is Lord 10, but we need the Moon to represent the action in the game so we'll have to do without Lord 10 (UConn's victory planet). Lord 4 is Saturn (Butler's victory planet). Frawley recommends we forego Saturn as a significator unless it is Lord 1 or 7, so we will limit our analysis here to Venus, Mars, Moon and Fortuna.
There is no easy testimony to determine the winner of this game. Readers may recall that in sports event charts we ignore essential and accidental dignities. The Moon is not cooperating, in that it makes no major aspect within the five degrees we are allowed. Nor does Fortuna help us in any easy way; its antiscion is not near a relevant cusp, nor is it bodily aspecting one of our three planets.
One possible testimony in favor of a UConn win is Venus trining Fortuna (only a minute away from perfecting). However, this is not a reliable testimony; and if tipoff is delayed even by a few minutes, this trine will be separated and therefore irrelevant.
What does the Moon tell us? Nothing obvious. Moon's dispositor is Venus (UConn), but that should not matter. It is placed in the 7th but not near the cusp, where it could favor Butler. Moon will aspect the antiscia of the Nodes in four degrees, sextiling antiscion South Node in Cancer and trining antiscion North Node in Capricorn. North Node is in the sign on the 4th cusp, Butler's victory. This might be significant, but it's a thin testimony. Moon's next aspect is a trine to Pluto, but this is beyond our usual range.
What about Fortuna? Its dispositor is Mars, but this is not supposed to matter. It's antiscion falls at 19 Aquarius, dispositor Saturn. This could favor Butler, but again, it is a weak testimony--especially since we were not going to use Saturn.
The only planet very close to one of our significators is Uranus, less than a degree separated from Mars. The question is, does this help or harm Mars (Butler)? Uranus brings upsets, so we could argue that this favors Butler.
We have to call it one way or another, so I will call it for Butler based on the Mars-Uranus conjunction.
I will be back right after tipoff to adjust the chart, and my prediction, if anything changes significantly in real time.
Postscript at 8:30 p.m.: Actual tipoff time was 8:26 p.m. The trine between Venus and Fortuna is wider now, still applying, not separated as I thought it would be. Back after the game!