Tag Archives: March Madness

This is One of the Most Upset-Heavy NCAA Tournaments Ever

By Daniel Alpert Round one of March Madness 2016 is in the books. From 15-seeded Middle Tennessee taking down Michigan St. to UNI hitting a half-court buzzer-beater to sink Texas, this year’s first round was full of upsets. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there has been an average of about 6 …Read More

It’s the ACC’s Tournament

 By Dylan McDonough It’s the ACC’s tournament, we’re all just living in it. Through the first two rounds, one of the biggest stories of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament – besides record-setting upsets, unprecedented comebacks, and drama galore – has to be the dominance of the Atlantic Coast Conference. A record six teams from the …Read More

HSAC’s 68 Facts: March Madness 2016

By William Ezekowitz Here’s a dirty little secret about March Madness. The difference between a bad bracket and a good bracket is skill, but the difference between a good bracket and a great bracket is luck. Anyone who has won their pool has gotten lucky. A lot of these games are basically coin flips or …Read More

For Coaches, Previous Experience in March Madness May Not Mean Much

By Kurt Bullard With the leaked bracket having been officially released by the Selection Committee, millions of Americans across the country will begin to fill out their own brackets, trying to prove to friends and loved ones that they know more about college basketball. While there were some surprises announced in the field—most notably Tulsa—many …Read More

NCAA Tournament: Which Rounds See the Biggest Improvement in Seeds?

by Henry Johnson The NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 teams is deemed sweet for good reason: it’s when the matchups heat up. Gone are the pretenders, the double digit seeds biting at the ankles of favorites, the one-round wonders and the beneficiaries of easy paths. The Sweet Sixteen is very often the first chance to see …Read More

“That was a close one!”: Margin of Victory in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64

by Tomo Lazovich The past two days of this year’s NCAA tournament have been filled with upsets, close calls, and nail biting finishes. This round of 64 has been so exciting that I began to wonder how close the games of the 2015 tournament have been relative to prior years. Thanks to the folks over …Read More

What are the Chances Your Team Knocks Off Kentucky?

by Harrison Chase Kentucky is by far the best team in the nation, and the clear favorite to win the NCAA tournament, no matter what metric you look at. Still, even being the biggest favorite in history, KenPom, one of the premier college basketball ranking sites, gives them “just” a 34% chance of winning it …Read More

HSAC’s 65 Facts: March Madness 2015

by Will Ezekowitz It is important to remember that statistically predicting the NCAA tournament, despite what FiveThirtyEight and others may tell you, is largely a fool’s errand. Most of these games are close to coin tosses anyway, and one tiny swing can change everything. For example, last year in the first round Team X was …Read More

How Does One Year’s Tournament Performance Affect the Next?

  by Kurt Bullard After finishing the 2014 season 35-1 and running the table in the conference, Wichita State earned a one-seed to the dismay of mid-major haters around the country. The Shockers drew the No. 8 Kentucky in the Round of 32, losing after a potential Fred VanVleet three-pointer clanked off the iron. Earlier …Read More

What if the Ivy League had a Conference Tournament?

By Will Ezekowitz and Harrison Chase Play in the most unique college basketball conference, the Ivy League, is about to start up again this Saturday. The Ivy League is the only conference in the country that doesn’t have a tournament to decide whom to grant its automatic NCAA tournament bid to, but rather relies upon …Read More