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Mar 12

Expert versus Amateur: Bracket results so far

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Did your bracket land as one of the 18 quintillion, or the 1?

March has been a long month of upsets, unseating, and unbelievable moments. Oh, and some people played basketball.

You may remember on our last installment of Expert versus Amateur, Matt and I chose our brackets for the (then) upcoming Big Dance. I chose the surefire, fool-proof method of mascot fights, while Matt went with a much more “reasoned” and “smart” approach of analyzing games and checking performance in the games leading up to the tournament.

We used our best tablets to keep track of all the action, streaming games and checking our brackets against the actual results. Now that we’re facing down the Final Four, how did we do? Did the amateur method of choosing winners based on the ferocity of their mascots beat the analytical approach?

While you can check against our brackets, it doesn’t seem like we did too badly for something that has a 1 in 18,000,000,000,000,000,000 chance of being correct. Which isn’t to say either of us will be trying out luck on the lottery anytime soon.

Matt managed to get more than 37% of the teams in the sweet 16 correct. My method only netted me 25% of them. After that, our methods broke down, with Matt correctly pushing the University of North Carolina into the elite eight and me predicting. . . well, none of them. And though neither of us guessed the final four, according to ESPN, only 0.4% of brackets submitted guessed that Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, and Kansas would be meeting for the final games this Saturday.

So, while I figure out how to hook up my best tablet to my flat screen TV for this weekend, let us know how your brackets did in the comments!

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