2015 NCAA Tournament Futures

The 2015 NCAA Tournament tips off tonight with the first of four play-in games as Manhattan (-9) faces Hampton and BYU (-3) takes on Ole Miss. Although you might not believe it based on the media coverage, there are teams other than Kentucky playing in this tournament — some of whom have legitimate title aspirations….

Rule Changes Affecting NIT Totals

The 2015 National Invitational Tournament (NIT) begins tonight with a number of new rules being implemented for the first time. Earlier this year it was decided that teams selected to play in the NIT would compete using experimental rules which include a 30-second shot clock (down from the normal 35-second clock) and a 4-foot restricted area arc…

Building an Upset Bracket

Yesterday, I looked at filling out a bracket based on a contrarian strategy. That’s a good way to separate your bracket from the masses in a large standard scoring group.  But what if you have a different scoring system? Many bracket pools reward participants for picking upsets to increase the intrigue. In this exercise, I…

Which Teams have the Best Chance to Upset Kentucky?

In an earlier post, we tackled the importance of tiebreakers for those picking Kentucky to win their NCAA Tournament brackets. However, with more than half of all brackets taking Kentucky in both Yahoo Tourney Pick ‘Em and ESPN Tournament Challenge, it may be more advantageous to avoid Kentucky as your champion altogether. Despite being the…