Monday, March 15, 2010

March Madness and Championship Characteristics

We will revisit the factors listed below as the NCAA Tournament gets down to the Final Four. We've done research on the key factors related to our book's "Championship Characteristics" and have shown them to be relevant for March Madness:
  • Big Game Experience
  • Leadership -- on the court
  • Leadership -- coaching
  • Consistency factor -- three-point shooting percentage.
All of these factors have proven to be good predictors and indicators of which teams will succeed in the NCAA Tournament. For now, we cross-referenced teams with some of these factors -- with the AP Rankings -- and this "screen" kicks out the following teams that might advance far in the tournament (not in any particular order):
  • Michigan State
  • Villanova
  • Kansas
  • Ohio State
  • Georgetown
Enjoy the Madness!