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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A different kind of bracket

Alas, I'm not doing the whole basketball tournament prediction thing this year. As usual, I haven't been following the college game hardly at all, and as a result I have no clue as to what's going to happen in the "big dance."

I see that the President has filled in his bracket, though. It must give him a feeling of relative accomplishment to get that out of the way.

Anyway, of all the madness, here's one of the more interesting pieces of fandom we've seen this year: the outcome of the 64-team men's tourney based on graduates' starting salaries. Kansas is eliminated in the first round! [Via TaxProf Blog.]

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And then there is the mascot method...




The Sienna Saints seem doomed from the outset. The South with two Bears and the East with three Tigers are Regionals setting up for down bracket intramural strife. And it makes sense in a state (Vermont) with the only Senator from the Socialist Party that there would be a mascot (Catamount) that's inclusive (or indeterminate depending on one's perspective) of various breeds of predatory wildcats.

But in order to attain those starting salaries, the players need to graduate (unless they are going early to the pros). The graduation data for the teams invited to the dance remains troublesome, especially when comparison is made in black and white:

BTW, it appears to be again a 65-team tourney.

If you count the teams that the automatic bids beat in the final games of their league tournaments, it's probably a 75-team field.

The NCAA Basketball Tournament 2010 has left the Elite Eight group after the last match of Duke vs Bayl0r, which is won by Duke in 78-71 for Duke

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