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Matt’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodology: The Bitter Bracket

March 15, 2011 4 comments

I have been following and picking winners for the NCAA finals basketball tourney for about 5 years now, and I have come to learn a few things. I know that my time involved with this isn’t anywhere near as long as most of the die-hard American college sports lovers out there, but as a Canadian basketball fan with absolutely no reason to have an attachment to any US school team, I hope I can bring my unbiased observations to the table in a helpful way. The theme of my methodology this year is bitterness. You may ask why, and my answer will focus around the fact that I have tried the whole “getting attached to an underdog” and the “just pick a team and going with it” for the last few years and I have repeatedly been disappointed. That, among other reasons, will be explained below. Read more…


Marcus’ NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodology: Battle of the Fiercest Team Names

March 14, 2011 6 comments

Nothing beats a Blue Devil. (It's like Rock)

This year I have chosen my bracket using a system that came to me in a dream and I have invested a lot of confidence in.  Basically it works like this: In each given matchup the higher seed will be granted the win unless the difference between the two seeds is equal to or less than 3 in which case they do battle (i.e. first round matchups of 7v10 and 8v9 and so on).  A battle consists of taking the team name of both schools and deciding if the two animals or whatever it may be were to fight then which one would likely win.  Here’s how it shaped up.

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David’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodologies: SRS and Win Shares

March 14, 2011 5 comments

Final Four: Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Pittsburgh

Biggest Cinderella:  Morehead State to the Round of 16

When reflecting on my annual futile journey down the road of NCAA March Madness gambling, it seems like the strategies I use each year vary, depending on my success the previous year.  My own intuition always told me that established programs won the final games but were vulnerable in the rounds of 16 and 8.  In a game with equal opponents, I’ll usually place my money on the team with better team defense, and if that factor is a toss-up, the team with a larger front court.  And of course, every single year I am obliged to place the Kentucky Wildcats in at least the Final Four, because they’ve been my team since I was a teenager.  Before we get started, my full bracket is below.  Read more…