Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, I look at the number of followers of of the basketball team’s official Twitter account, or one tenth of the number of followers of the school’s athletic department if the school’s basketball team…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, I look at the number of fans of the basketball team’s official Facebook page, or one tenth of the number of fans of the school’s athletic department, whichever is greater. The fraction 1/10…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, I look at the strength of the school’s football team, on the theory that a school with a strong football team and a strong basketball team has clearly invested a lot in its…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2010 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, we go to the well-known dispute arbiter Google Fight. The criterion is the number of Google hits for the quoted phrase “%s basketball”, divided by the school’s seed. (I would have used Bing…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2009 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, the criterion is the school’s graduation rate for basketball players. Lower graduation rate wins. However, if the teams are seeded 11 or more positions apart, I’ll give the win to the favorite (just…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2008 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

It’s that time again: Raymond comes up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This time, I studied all the games played in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament since 1985 and computed how many of the games were won by the favorite and how many were upsets, broken down by the…

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Raymond’s highly scientific predictions for the 2006 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

Methodology explained earlier. Update: Correct predictions are in green. Incorrect predictions are in red. (!) marks upsets correctly predicted. (*) marks upsets predicted but did not take place. (x) marks actual upsets not predicted. Dayton mini-bracket Monmouth (2003) Hampton Hampton (1978) Atlanta bracket Duke (2004) Duke George (*)Washington GeorgeWashington GeorgeWashington … Geo. Washington (1988) GeorgeWashington…

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Really, college athletics is about education (not)

Okay, somebody handed me a NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket to fill out. I don’t know squat about college sports, so I decided that I would fill in the bracket based on the following simple principle: The school whose President (or Chancellor) has served longer will win the match-up. (Not counting the first-round games of the…

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