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March Madness Bracketology

GAME or NUMBERS Creating an NCAA March Madness tournament bracket has become a widespread tradition. Many people, however, are ill-informed about the bracketing process. This infographic seeks to explore the science behind the bracket as well as offer advice on how to increase your chances of winning the office pool. In the current structure of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, 68 teams compete in a single elimination format divided into four regions. First-round opponents are chosen by an official selection committee, the members of which endure a meticulous process in order to properly rank all of the teams. EAST SOUTHWEST ROUGHLY 1 IN 10 AMERICANS FILL WEST SOUTHEAST OUT A MARCH MADNESS BRACKET COMMITTEE SELECTION The annual selection process simplified into four basic stepu: EACH YEAR PREPARE Committee members gather information about teams and individual players seed SELECT The 34 "at large" bids are chosen. Participation for these teams is granted by invitation, not right. sweet sixteen 16 elite eight 8. SEED Teams are ranked from 1 - 64 (1 being the "best" team in the nation). Rankings are based on: Conference and non-conference records final four finals champion Strength of schedule: the difficulty of a team's opponent compared to other teams 12 proportion of seed performance throughout the Ratings percentage index (RPI) : the quantity used to rank teams based on overall data such as wins and losses 13 A team's general performance in recent tournament since 1985 катея 11 Other factors like travel limitations and player injuries 14 BRACKET Members pair teams based on results from the seeding process and seasonal divisions. 10 Assuming that each team has a 50/50 chance of winning per game, this means that you have a 1 in 9,2 quintillion chance of choosing a perfect bracket. 15 There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible bracket outcomes. If all possible brackets were stacked on top of each other on standard paper, the pile would reach from the earth's surface to the sun over six thousand times! $7 BILLION estimated amount of money Americans wager on brackets during the tournament each year * 6,000 Compare this to the odds of winning the powerball jackpot: 1 in about 175 million. STRATEGIC BRACKETING. how to win the office pool When playing against others, there is no benefit if your bracket is the same as everyone else's. Use strategy to differentiate. Choose the No. 1 seeds to win their first rounds. In tournament history, no 16th seed has ever made it past the first round. Use Vegas odds to pick the remaining favorites in the first round, but leave the 8th and 9th-seeded games vacant for now. Early in the tournament, the seeds are a significant factor in determining which teams will win. However, the 8th and 9th-seeded teams have similar odds of winning. Pick the champion before completing the middle rounds. Pick a mild upset for the champion (choOse a team ranked 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th overall in the nation). Since the updated seeding process started in 79, only 55% of the national champions have come from No. 1 seeds. Picking a mild upset is a thus a way to differentiate your bracket from others and still have a good chance of correctly picking the actual winner. No team seeded below No. 3 has won the tournament since 1997. Finish the rest of the bracket, but steer clear of favorites and be wary of choosing winners based only on seed rankings. Seedings become less significant in later tournament rounds. After the elite eight play, a team's odds of winning hardly depend on the original rankings. sources: Attp:// Attp:// Attp://wow.seleneedalleeom Attp:// KELLEY WOLLMAN 2012 // Attp:// Artp:/ fonline

March Madness Bracketology

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Information about NCAA March Madness tournament from the perspective of bracket-making. Details tips on creating a winning bracket as well as information regarding how teams are selected to compete vi...


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