Statsketball 2018: Congratulations to our Winners!
April 10, 2018
Statsketball 2018 pitted 189 student teams against each other to predict the outcomes of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament using statistics.
The two contests included the “Pick ‘Em”: Upset Challenge to predict the winners of the first-round games and the “Build Your Own Bracket”: Draft Challenge to select teams from 224 draft points, and assemble a cohort from seeded participants to earn the most overall points. Get more details about the challenges here.
The contest invited students to apply statistics – the science of learning from data – to one of the biggest sporting events of the year, proving that statistics can be fun and applied to any field!
Congratulations To Our Winners!
“Pick ‘Em”: Upset Challenge
- High School: Sophie Mason, Senior, Valley Christian High School, San Jose, California
- Honorable Mention: Gino Assenmacher, Junior, Monroe High School, Monroe, Michigan
- Honorable Mention: Makendra Grubel, Senior, Mauldin High School, Simpsonville, South Carolina
- Undergraduate: Jake Oringel, Freshman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Honorable Mention: Ashley King, Senior, Anderson University, Plainfield, Indiana
- Honorable Mention: Andy Li, Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Build Your Own Bracket”: Draft Challenge
- High School: Addie Morris, Senior, West Branch High School, Beloit, Ohio
- Honorable Mention: Savanna Triplett, Senior, West Branch High School, Salem, Ohio
- Undergraduate: Luke Benz, Junior, Yale University, Middlebury, Vermont
- Honorable Mention: Mitchell Collins, Senior, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California
“The ASA congratulates this year’s Statsketball winners for their exceptional creativity and well-executed methodologies,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein. “All the participants showed that statistics can be applied to any field of interest and can be fun as well.”
Thanks to all who participated and took time to make their entries creative and original. Your statistics skills will lead you to great things!
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