NCAA March Madness – The numbers

NCAA March Madness

The numbers

As selection Sunday (March 12) inches ever closer, we take a look at some blind resumes to learn more about NCAA tournament seeding.

Team #1 ranks third in the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index is one of the tools used by the NCAA Selection Committee to evaluate teams) , has a great strength of schedule and is in first place in the toughest conference in America. Sounds like a number 1 seed, right?

Team #2 is outside the top 10 in the BPI (College Basketball Power Indexis a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of performance going forward), outside of the top 25 in defensive efficiency and has a 10-2 record in games decided by single digits suggesting it’s a squad that has been lucky and luck can be fickle. That team certainly doesn’t belong on the top line.

Team #1, offcourse, is the Kansas Jayhawks, on their way to an amazing 13th consecutive BIG12 title. Team #2, well… that’s is also Kansas! The lesson to learn here is that numbers can lie, or at least they miss part of the story sometime. The selection committee tries to see the whole picture, while giving more weight to their preferred metrics. And when you fill out your bracket, you get to do the same. That’s what makes it so much fun.

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