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Apr/11

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Kentucky vs UCONN, Butler vs VCU. Who’d a thunk it?

So we’ve been getting a lot of questions from people asking if we can predict the brackets statistically. Given the fact that this is the first Final 4 EVER that doesn’t contain a 1 or 2 seed, it’s obviously not possible to do with any sort of accuracy.

I’m thinking back to Jay Bilas’ tirade on Selection Sunday after it was announced that VCU made the tournament. I can’t think of another time on ESPN in recent weeks, months, (or maybe even years?) when I heard such biting remarks about a specific team or organization like the NCAA selection committee. VCU had to play their way into the tournament for Pete’s sake! Look at them now…I love it. I really hope that this harsh criticism from Bilas will follow him around for the rest of his career. I thought his words were in really poor taste, and felt bad for any VCU player on that special day for them. What good did those words do for anyone? ESPECIALLY given how it’s all played out in VCU’s favor. I love it.


Our goal has been to predict the NCAA tournament field, which for a certain amount of time each year is really fun! We’ve been pretty damn accurate over the past few years, and really look forward to next season already. Hopefully we can get back to 100% now that the format of the field has changed a bit. We’re also hoping to work in some new things for the site next season. We may not be able to statistically predict the entire brackets, but we’re hoping to pull out a new feature or two next season.

Thanks again for following our site throughout the season, and definitely check back next year. If you aren’t already following us on Facebook (NCAA StatJunkie) or Twitter (@statjunkie), definitely do so. We’re also open to feedback, so any thoughts on how we can improve things are much appreciated. I better wrap this up cause these Final 4 games are about to tip! I’m so excited that there isn’t a 1 seed in here taking on a team like Butler, VCU, UCONN, Kentucky. These lower seeds have all proved their worth, and are hungry for a win. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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