Computers, Quadrants, and Basketball - The Madness Is Here

Computers, Quadrants, and Basketball - The Madness Is Here

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Computers, Quadrants, and Basketball - The Madness Is Here

The tournament Selection Committee has done its thing.  Now it’s time for Izzo and the Spartans to do theirs.


After studying all applicable data from computer algorithms and quadrant calculator machines, maybe talking about “bracketology” and some basketball season stuff, while circling back to their RPI data, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee completed their scheduling for this year’s tourny.

In doing so, they placed the regular season Big 10 champion Michigan State Spartans as the #3 seed in the Midwest Region.

The Spartans’ First Round game against the #14 seed Bison of Bucknell University will be played in Detroit on Friday.

After a quiet two-week break due to the early Big 10 Tournament, the Spartans enter as a trendy pick to win it all.

Are the Spartans under-seeded?

Probably.  Michigan State played 33 basketball games this season against other Division 1 men’s basketball teams at home, on the road, and at neutral gymnasia.

They won 29 of those contests against only 4 losses.  State also managed to win more regular season games against Big 10 conference foes than any of the other teams in similar conference play – 16 wins against only 2 losses.

An impressive resume that seemed to fall a bit flat with the computer tabulating algorithm machines and the humans that interpret these data sets.

Is the Midwest the most difficult region?

Yes.  Duke, Kansas and Michigan State all have legitimate championship aspirations.  #4 seed Auburn and #5 seed Clemson have had tremendous years.

Nothing is ever easy in the tournament, and each team must take care of their business.

A lot can happen.

But it seems like this region is loaded, setting up a potential “mini final four” in Omaha next week.

Will the Spartans benefit by playing in Detroit for the opening round?

Playing close to home in front of a partisan crowd should be beneficial.

How will the Spartans respond after the long break?

This is a concern.

The Spartans will be hyped up, playing close to home with a little bit of rust to shake off.

The early moments of the first game will be very telling.

Predictions:

Round 1:

Bucknell is a tough team with a history of tournament upsets.

The Bison played well in some close games against top tier opponents this season, and are coming in hot having won 18 of their last 19 games.

The Spartans will get through the rust and win this game, but it will be close.

Round 2:

State will play either the Horned Frogs from Texas Christian University, the Sun Devils from Arizona State University, or the Orange from Syracuse University.

Tom Izzo’s tournament preparation is legendary.

The Spartans are tough, resilient and deep.

Playing for energized fans in Detroit, the Spartans move on to the round of 16.

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