A Spatial Analysis of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
Track: Modeling
Author(s): Brian Ward, Bryce Wells, Brian Davenhall

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the most popular events in both athletics and entertainment. Each year, millions of people watch the games, but not only that: they also bet on the games; travel hundreds or thousands of miles to see their teams play; and most important, they compete in NCAA tournament bracket contests. This study takes a look at historical NCAA Tournament results since 1985 (the year the tournament expanded to 64 teams) to determine whether or not there is spatial correlation between the distance of competing teams to their game sites, based on either their seeding and/or the Vegas lines, relative to their success in tournament games. The end result will not only be the results of the study but also a fascinating visualization of the last 20 years of the NCAA tournament.

Brian Ward
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Bryce Wells
Athlon Sports, Inc.
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Nashville , TN 37212
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E-mail: bryce_wells@yahoo.com

Brian Davenhall
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E-mail: brian.davenhall@ch2m.com