Mock Tournament – 2015/16 NCAA Men’s Basketball (results thru January 31)

Fitting the latest Bradley-Terry results, a tournament bracket would look like (REGION A has 1-overall, REGION B: 2-overall and so-on.  A plays D, B plays C in Final Four).  I ignore bracketing considerations – it is hard enough generating a field of 68.

Note this is a “should”, not a prediction.  One of the interesting parts of the model is that it assumes NOTHING about the teams aside from wins and losses and how they fit together to imply something about the team’s relative standing.  Personally I believe sticking to the record and not divining other factors (like injuries) is the fairest way to do this.  I will use the Bradley-Terry standings to assign all automatic bids except for the Ivy League (where I use the standings).  This is because all of the other leagues use tournaments, so sticking with the indicator for “best team” seemed suitable.

I will stick to the APR and eligibility rules – so SMU, Massachusetts-Lowell, Northern Kentucky, Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, Grand Canyon, Alcorn State, Central Arkansas, Florida A&M, Stetson, Pacific and Southern Mississippi are all ineligible for the tournament and left out of this bracket.  Personally, most of these restrictions are nonsense.

REGION A:

  • (1) Oklahoma v (16) Southern/Hampton
  • (8) Duke v (9) Seton Hall
  • (4) Providence v (13) Hawaii
  • (5) South Carolina v (12) Valparaiso
  • (2) Iowa State v (15) Yale
  • (7) USC v (10) Florida State
  • (3) Texas A&M v (14) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
  • (6) Saint Joseph’s v (11) Chattanooga

REGION B:

  • (1) Xavier v (16) Navy/Wagner
  • (8) Indiana v (9) Cincinnati
  • (4) West Virginia v (13) Monmouth
  • (5) Purdue v (12) San Diego State
  • (2) Kansas v (15) North Florida
  • (7) Pittsburgh v (10) VCU
  • (3) Michigan State v (14) UAB
  • (6) Colorado v (11) Kansas State

REGION C:

  • (1) Villanova v (16) Weber State
  • (8) Kentucky v (9) Arkansas-Little Rock
  • (4) Oregon v (13) Akron
  • (5) Utah v (12) Washington/Connecticut
  • (2) Maryland v (15) Belmont
  • (7) Texas v (10) Florida
  • (3) Dayton v (14) Stony Brook
  • (6) Michigan v (11) Texas Tech

REGION D:

  • (1) North Carolina v (16) Winthrop
  • (8) Saint Mary’s v (9) Notre Dame
  • (4) Baylor v (13) Hofstra
  • (5) Miami-FL v (12) California/George Washington
  • (2) Iowa v (15) New Mexico State
  • (7) Arizona v (10) Wichita State
  • (3) Virginia v (14) South Dakota State
  • (6) Louisville v (11) Syracuse

LAST FOUR IN FIELD OF 64: Florida State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Syracuse

LAST FOUR IN FIELD OF 68: California, Washington, Connecticut, George Washington

FIRST FOUR OUT: Gonzaga, Stanford, Butler, Marquette

NEXT FOUR OUT: UCLA, Wisconsin, Clemson, Oregon State

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