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2012-03-11 23:15:00

Josh Tolan, Founder and CEO of Spark Hire, draws some interesting comparisons between Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the process of finding a job. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 11, 2012 Today, ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, and ESPNU will host 13 hours of coverage on the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The overwhelming amount of air time is dedicated to Selection Sunday. For those of you who aren´t sports fans, Selection Sunday is an annual occurrence where the 68-team field for...

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2011-03-09 10:31:08

By Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois Think picking all the top-seeded teams as the Final Four in your March Madness bracket is your best bet for winning the office pool? Think again. According to an operations research analysis model developed by Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at the University of Illinois, you're better off picking a combination of two top-seeded teams, a No. 2 seed and a No. 3 seed....

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2011-03-02 07:55:00

By examining historical data, statisticians in the College of Science at Virginia Tech have quantified biases that play a role in granting Division I at-large basketball teams inclusion in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Assistant professors Leanna House and Scotland Leman found that in addition to the standard Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) used by the 10-member selection committee, biases such as the team's marquee and the strength of its schedule are also factors. "We wanted to quantify...

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2010-03-15 15:25:00

For the average college basketball fan looking for an edge in a March Madness office pool, a University of Illinois expert in statistics and data analysis has some advice on how to pick winners: After the Sweet Sixteen round of play, ignore a team's seeding, which is a statistically insignificant predictor of a team's chances of winning. According to Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at Illinois, picking the...

2010-03-11 06:00:00

LONDON, March 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Leading Online Sports Book has Something for Every fan of College Basketball The most anticipated three weeks in sports, the NCAA college basketball tournament, kicks off next Thursday. Sixty-five college basketball teams, from thirty conferences, will battle their way through the bracket in hopes of making it to the National Championship Game. As a single elimination tournament, the NCAA Tournament provides parity like no other playoff...

2010-03-10 10:19:00

ATLANTA, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Each spring, college basketball enthusiasts are drawn to the TV, brackets in hand, hoping to catch every upset, blow-out and buzzer-beater that March Madness has to offer. While these avid sports fans are counting down the days until the first tip-off, some Americans are dreading the impending weeks they will spend watching and discussing college basketball. In an effort to both prevent sports un-enthusiasts from succumbing to their own "madness" this...

2009-04-06 23:13:49

Ty Lawson led North Carolina with 21 points Monday and the Tar Heels beat Michigan State 89-72 to win their fifth NCAA basketball championship. Lawson -- the ACC Player of the Year -- also had six assists and a championship-game record eight steals. Wayne Ellington scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels -- who forced 21 turnovers by the Spartans in front of a title-game record crowd of 72,922 at Ford Field in Detroit. Ellington was named the...

2009-04-05 23:31:15

Renee Montgomery had 26 points, six assists and four steals Sunday to lead undefeated Connecticut past Stanford 83-64 and into the NCAA women's title game. The Huskies (38-0) will meet Louisville Tuesday in a battle of Big East powers for the women's championship. The Cardinals -- who beat Oklahoma 61-59 in Sunday's other Final Four contest -- have lost twice to Connecticut this season by a combined total of 67 points. Maya Moore had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies Sunday. Tina...

2009-04-05 22:47:17

Angel McCoughtry scored six points during a 15-1 run Sunday to key Louisville's 61-59 upset of Oklahoma in an NCAA women's semifinal at Saint Louis. McCoughtry overcame an 0-for-8 first half to lead Louisville with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Her team overcame a 34-22 halftime deficit and forced 17 turnovers. Candyce Bingham scored 14 with four rebounds and four assists, and Keshia Hines added nine points with 10 rebounds for the second-seeded Lady Cardinals (34-4), who will play...

2009-04-04 20:07:57

Michigan State beat Connecticut 82-73 Saturday in the opening semifinal of the NCAA Final Four in its bid for a third national college basketball title. Kalin Lucas scored 21 points to lead the Spartans (31-6). Raymar Morgan added 18 points for Michigan State, which will play in Monday's final against the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between North Carolina and Villanova. The Spartans are just the 13th team in Final Four history to play in their home state and the first since Duke...