Pick the Perfect March Madness Bracket with Tips from a Mathematician
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In an article at DealNews, Chartier offers several tips to use
Chartier says that to make your bracket really hum, you have to go beyond a simple win-loss schedule. He cites recency as a major factor: that is, how well a team does late in the season, just before the tournament. "When we first started, that was all we did: weight with recency," he says. "We had a student who did that in 2009, and he beat 97% of the more than 4 million brackets submitted to ESPN. In 2010, we had a student who beat 99% of 5 million brackets. And last year we had a cheerleader, and she beat 96% of the 8 million brackets."
Another factor to weigh more heavily than others when you pick your teams is the team's road record, since, essentially, the whole tournament is away.
See the article at DealNews for more bracket picking strategies.
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