Hail to the Victors, and Go Blue baby!
I just used the wayback machine to look at the Sagarin predictor ratings from early January (games through 1/3). Notice anything?
- Ohio State
Wichita State was 19, Michigan State was 23, Marquette was 54, FGCU was 127.
Marquette was a bad miss, but on the whole these were a better predictor of tournament results than the ratings in March. You'd have done pretty well, filling out a bracket based on these.
Sometime later I'll check to see if this was true in prior years, but in the meantime I'll make a suggestion: is it possible that performance in non-conference games, against the full variety of styles of play that you'll eventually see in the tournament and against teams that you aren't familiar with (nor they with you), is a better predictor than conference play? It's been a while since we've seen M light up a zone like we just saw for a few minutes in the first half against Florida, because except for Northwestern nobody in the B1G plays it.
I made a little hype video, hopefully this can help you guys pass the time until tip - off. Happy Easter, and go blue!
As always, the game will get its own thread this afternoon, as will the other game. But for those that are excited on this Easter Sunday...here's a thread for us to discuss today's games.
|2:20 PM||(4) Michigan vs (3) Florida*||CBS|
|5:05 PM||(2) Duke vs (1) Louisville*||CBS|
Put this together very late last night had family over and did not get a chance to work on it til around midnightish or so but hope you enjoy GO BLUE!!!! BEAT THE GATORS!!!