Beyond the Box Scores

Who picks the best brackets?

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

Have you ever wondered which system would be the best in determing a good bracket? If you are curious to know, this blog is for you.

I got to thinking (never a good thing), if I picked a bracket based only on the AP Poll, the Coaches Poll, RPI or the Kenpom ratings, who would win?  To answer the question, I did the research and created the brackets and put them into a bracket contest on Yahoo.com.  I then also tossed in the President's picks just for fun.

Here are the first day results:

1. Coaches Poll - 13 of 16 with a possible point total of 189 left
2. Kenpom - 13 of 16 with a possible point total of 185 left
3. President Obama - 12 of 16 with a possible point total of 180 left
4. RPI - 11 of 16 with a possible point total of 181 left
5. Associated Press Poll - 10 of 16 with a possible point total of 184 left

Notes:
* The Big East really hurt the President.  He had Georgetown in the Elite 8 and Marquette in the Sweet 16.
* The Coaches Poll did great, not losing a single Sweet 16 team.
* All the brackets have Kansas as the champion except for the Kenpom ratings which lists Duke as the Top team.

Check back periodically and I let you know how the polls are doing.  I know you'll be curious.

~ Jeff Archer

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