As anyone with two eyes who’s been outside in the past week knows, a champion will be crowned among UCLA, North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas.
In our Fynal Four Bracket Challenge, things at the top of the pile are a bit more murky.
A human held the early lead as Brittany – an old friend of the Cut – jumped out to a quick start. Despite her dominate first round, Brittany has since been replaced at the top by the Pomeroy Rankings – predictor of six Elite Eight teams.
Along the road, PR’s major slip-ups were picking Davidson to lose in the first round and having confidence (can stats have confidence?) in Duke – enough to justify an Elite Eight run. In the East and South regionals, Pomeroy was wrong just twice.
But although things are tight at the top, each entrant in our top 3 has a different champion. Pomeroy has Kansas winning the whole thing, Brittany (just four points behind) chose UCLA and in a three-way tie for third, ESPN’s Fanation, the Sagarin Rankings and RPI, all have North Carolina.
You may have noticed, it’s pretty machine dominated among the heavy hitters.
Other than all the binary code flying about, CBS’s Stewart Mandel and our very own BabyJ round out the top seven.
Everything is set for a fantastic finish. Can the humans take back the lead? After all, these computers haven’t even SEEN a college basketball game this season.
Stay tuned, it could get interesting…