Interesting pair of articles in Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog exploring mismatch of a team's strenght and its seeding in the NCAA BB Tournament. Michigan is not explicitly mentioned but the "curse" of teams seeded eighth is. Interesting analysis. Initial Link: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/15/when-15th-is-better-...
Bracket seedings--luck of the draw?
If you're interested, there's some interesting discussion on these articles here:
Under the rule of "if the article is a few days old, it's already been posted"
What a stupid "study". Yeah lets look at how a 5 seed would do from each spot. No shit a 5 seed team would have a better chance against a 7 and 2 then a 9 and 1. They should beat the 7 anyway and then the 2 is easier than the 1. The thing that is missing is that a true 10 seed would have a tougher time against the 7 than an 8 should against a 9.
I guess what I am saying is why wouldnt they look at the % of each spot with the power rating of the teams at each seed?
Butler begs to differ.