Two minute bracketology: Laura Albert McLay talks about bracketology and March Madness

The University Communications group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison asked me to film a short video about bracketology, math (what is a Markov chain?), and what we can learn from bring math into bracketology. It was a wonderful experience, and I’m thrilled with the final product. I can’t take credit — the video was produced by Justin Bomberg and the video and reflects his vision.

The video is just under 3 minutes long. We filmed this before the selections were made, and as you can see, I recommend picking 10 seeds to upset 7 seeds. And of course, Wisconsin ended up seeded 7. Sorry team! Also, I naively agreed to attempt to attempt to spin a basketball on my finger while the film was rolling…I think you’ll easily understand why I’m more comfortable with the math.

I’m looking forward to watching the tournament. Go Badgers!

Or check it out on FaceBook.

 
[reblogged from Punk Rock Operations Research]

NCAA men’s Division I basketball rankings, March 13, 2016 (Selection Sunday!)

Here are the new men’s NCAA basketball rankings as of March 13, 2016. I have the Top 25 below; the full ranking is under the “NCAA BB rankings” tab.

  1. North Carolina
  2. Kansas
  3. Villanova
  4. Michigan St
  5. Virginia
  6. West Virginia
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Kentucky
  9. Oregon
  10. Purdue
  11. Xavier
  12. Miami FL
  13. Duke
  14. Utah
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Louisville
  17. Maryland
  18. Arizona
  19. Seton Hall
  20. Iowa St
  21. Indiana
  22. California
  23. Baylor
  24. St Josephs PA
  25. Iowa

Here are the B1G teams, ranked. I will cross my fingers during the selection show for the Badgers:

4 Michigan St
10 Purdue
17 Maryland
21 Indiana
25 Iowa
31 Michigan
40 Wisconsin
47 Ohio St
69 Northwestern
76 Nebraska
82 Illinois
111 Penn St
173 Minnesota
215 Rutgers

NCAA men’s Division I basketball rankings, March 7, 2016

Here are the new men’s NCAA basketball rankings as of March 7, 2016. I have the Top 25 below; the full ranking is under the “NCAA BB rankings” tab.

  1. Kansas
  2. Villanova
  3. North Carolina
  4. Michigan St
  5. Virginia
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Xavier
  8. West Virginia
  9. Miami FL
  10. Louisville
  11. Purdue
  12. Duke
  13. Indiana
  14. Oregon
  15. Iowa St
  16. Arizona
  17. Iowa
  18. Maryland
  19. Kentucky
  20. Utah
  21. Texas A&M
  22. California
  23. Baylor
  24. Butler
  25. South Carolina

Here are the B1G teams, ranked. Nice job to the Badgers, who entered the top 30:

4 Michigan St
11 Purdue
13 Indiana
17 Iowa
18 Maryland
30 Wisconsin
47 Ohio St
54 Michigan
80 Northwestern
94 Penn St
98 Illinois
105 Nebraska
174 Minnesota
210 Rutgers