Category Archives: Key Factors

Mythbuster #2: “Defense wins championships.”

This year’s Super Bowl appeared to reconfirm the old axiom that defense trumps offense in championship games—at least on the gridiron. A few readers recently asked if this applied to the NCAA tourney and I promised to do a mythbuster … Continue reading

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Mythbuster #1: “The tougher the schedule, the better the tourney.”

Remember back in the 2010-11 season, when Tom Izzo scheduled the world’s most grueling run of non-conferences games? The Spartans played Connecticut, Washington, Duke, Syracuse and Texas. They were 8-4 before they had even started the meat grinder of Big … Continue reading

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Separating top seed contenders and pretenders

Now that the 2014 Seed Guide is behind me, I’m starting in on the research for picking your Final Four and champion. The first step in that analysis is identifying the statistics that separate Final Four contenders from pretenders as … Continue reading

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Signs of Cinderella

I’ve been plowing through the 2014 Seed Guide for the last week, and that’s got me thinking about the makeup of Cinderellas. I’ve just completed some research on the 11 through 14 seeds in round one and discovered six factors … Continue reading

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