Statisticians Find “Marquee” Bias Can Influence Selection Sunday
March 2, 2015
Does each “bubble” team have an equal probability of being selected for “March Madness”? A statistical analysis conducted by four Virginia Tech University statisticians confirms the existence of an unacknowledged factor that can influence the NCAA Selection Committee: a team’s marquee potential. This factor can push a marquee men’s basketball team into the NCAA tournament’s coveted field over less-prestigious teams with a similar season record and strength of schedule rating.
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