Running a website about tourney bracket prediction is not a good business model. About two-thirds of my sign-ups come in a four-day period, from Selection Sunday to Wednesday. And with the sign-ups come a ton of questions and comments. I have to admit that I can’t keep up with all the comments on the blogposts, but I’m happy that so many Insiders are picking up the slack with great dialogue.
As for the e-mails, I do try to respond to every one—even the guy who asked me to fill out his billion-dollar bracket for him (just a tad busy for that level of service). Some of the e-mails are topics that everyone should know about. Here are some of the questions that have rolled in over the last couple days?
A BUNCH OF READERS: When are you posting your Keeper bracket?
I will post two Keeper brackets this year—one for small pools and another for “shoot-the-moon” contests. (Gimme that billion dollars!) They’ll probably come later tonight, after the results of the play-in games. That Tennesse/Iowa tilt affects a number of the bracket models. In fact, when I post the next wave, that will be the final PDF you’ll get on the models. NOTE: If you haven’t seen the message late last night on an important Outcome Matching model change, make sure you’re up to speed. Duke and Michigan fans will not be happy.
DON N: KenPom adjusted his rankings after last night play-in games. I assume he will again after today’s games. Will you produce a revised chart for his bracket?
Yes. I will revisit the KenPom bracket model and update it in case the reordering has changed picks. However, I’m not going to readjust the Excel stats sheet. You’ll have to do that on your own after tonight’s games. That said, when I load the data into my main database, I will use KenPom’s most recent numbers before the “true tourney” tips off tomorrow. It just makes sense to use the latest numbers in my analysis.
DENNIS: Where can I find your bracket models?
In the old days, I used to spend more time on fancy graphics for the home page, which made the location of the models butt simple. Not so much anymore. They’re under the TIPS+ section. Look for the link that starts “2014 Models.”
ANDREW: Where can I find your Pulse Check of the top 13 teams?
One of the problems with the WordPress blog application is that it shoves old posts onto other pages than the home page. I’ve had a couple of requests for the final Pulse Check. So here’s the link.
COMISHKAUF: Is there a glossary for the stats spreadsheet?
I posted on this last year, and should’ve pointed you to it. Here’s what the columns in the stats sheet mean.