Raymond's highly scientific predictions for the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament
Once again, it’s time for Raymond to come up with an absurd, arbitrary criterion for filling out his NCAA bracket. This year, I look at the strength of the school’s football team, on the theory that a school with a strong football team and a strong basketball team has clearly invested a lot in its athletics program. My ranking of football teams is about as scientific as my ranking of basketball teams:
- If the school ended last season with a BCS ranking, I used that.
- If a school wasn’t ranked but received votes in the AP ranking, then I gave it a rank of 30 (and if two such schools faced each other, I looked at who got more votes).
- If a school still isn’t ranked, then I looked to see if it had been ranked at any time earlier in the season; if so, then I gave it a rank of 40.
- If a school still isn’t ranked, but it appeared on the equally-scientific ESPN Fan Rankings, then I gave it a rank of 50.
- If a school still isn’t ranked, but it has a Division I FBS football team, then I gave it a rank of 80. If two such schools faced each other, then I gave what appeared to be the weaker school a rank of 90.
- If a school still isn’t ranked, but it has a Division I FCS football team, then I gave it a rank of 100. If two such schools faced each other, then I gave what appeared to be the weaker schools a rank of 101. (Why 101 instead of 110? Who cares!)
- If a school still isn’t ranked, but it has a football team in some other division, then I gave it a rank of 150.
- If a school still isn’t ranked because its football team is new, then I gave it a rank of 200.
- If a school still isn’t ranked because it doesn’t have a football team, but it had one in the past, then I gave it a rank of 300.
- If a school still isn’t ranked because it never had a football team, then I gave it a rank of 400.
(As a special case, USC received its rank of 22 from two years ago, because it was forced to sit out the 2010 season as part of its punishment for “several major rules violations.” Now that’s what I call dedication to athletics!) I made up all these rules on the fly, which is why the spacing is so uneven and why they were not necessarily applied fairly across the board, but that’s what makes it highly scientific. As before, once the field has been narrowed to eight teams, the results are determined by a coin flip.
- Correct predictions are in green.
- Incorrect predictions are in red.
- (!) marks upsets correctly predicted.
- (*) marks upsets predicted but did not take place.
- (x) marks actual upsets not predicted.
Opening Round Games
|Texas-San Antonio||(200)||Alabama State|
|1||Ohio State||(6)||Ohio State|
|Ohio State||Ohio State|
|4||West Virginia||(30)||West Virginia|
|2||North Carolina||(50)||North Carolina|
|San Diego State|
|2||San Diego State||(30)||San Diego State|
|4||Kansas State||(40)||Kansas State|
|3||St. John’s||(200)||St. John’s|
|7||Texas A&M||(18)||Texas A&M|
|2||Notre Dame||(30)||Notre Dame|
|Ohio State||Ohio State||Michigan State|
|Michigan State||Michigan State|