Happy Selection Sunday!
I know, I know … it can’t truly be a “happy” Selection Sunday when the Hoosiers aren’t involved.
But hopefully we’ll soon be done with this whole one-year-in, one-year-out nonsense, and we can go back to happily anticipating Selection Sundays again, rather than watching 68 other fan bases have all the fun.
But I digress …
I have three important notes for you, and I’ll roll through them quickly:
1. Join us for another Assembly Call Bracket Challenge
We are hosting our bracket challenge on ESPN. To register your bracket, click here.
I also set up a redirect so that if you don’t want to have to come back here to click that link, you can just type assemblycall.com/bracket into your browser and it will take you there.
Prizes are as follows:
- Winner: Assembly Call Zip Hoodie (or t-shirt) from HoosierProud.com
- Runner up: Any item from HoosierProud.com
- Third place: Assembly Call coaster
Or, if none of those prizes move you, you can choose to get a copy of Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball, and I’ll send that to you instead.
2. Want some expert advice filling out your bracket?
Ed Feng (@ThePowerRank) is someone I have had the pleasure to get to know through my day job working with digital entrepreneurs, and through my work with The Assembly Call. He’s joined us as a guest on a few episodes.
Ed runs The Power Rank, and is one of the best analytics-based sports prognosticators out there. And his specialty is March Madness.
Ed has a book, which I own, called How to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool. It’s short (74 pages) and small enough to fit in your back pocket:
It’s also proven.
So … if you want to win the Assembly Call Bracket Challenge, or your March Madness pool at work, I highly recommend that you consider picking up Ed’s book.
I asked Ed to send me a quick blurb about the book that I could relay to you. Here’s what he sent me:
You want to win your March Madness pool. The money is nice, but the bragging rights are even better.
And as an intelligent college basketball fan, you know that analytics can help you fill out your bracket. Numbers make you competitive even if you can’t study up on sixty some teams.
However, you can’t just pick the team with the highest win probability as champion. The best choice depends on the size of your pool.
In How to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool, Ed Feng reveals the research behind the optimal strategy for winning your pool.
“I won two pools, one of them had 100 entries, and the other had 20 entries. It felt great winning the pool with Ed’s advice, but the bragging rights in my office were almost better than the money.” — Ryan Peters, Omaha, Nebraska, 2015.
To get a copy of How to Win Your NCAA Tournament Pool, click here.
For the record, we receive no compensation if you buy Ed’s book. I just think his methodology and philosophy are great, and I know many of you are looking for an edge come March, so this recommendation seemed like the perfect fit.
3. Want a sneak peak at what the official bracket will look like?
You know where to go for it.
No one has been more accurate over the past half decade predicting the NCAA Tournament bracket than our own Andy Bottoms. (He’s still right there at the top of the Bracket Matrix rankings, though a few folks are closing in fast.)
Andy will be updating his bracket throughout the day up until he posts his final projection. Check our Bracketology page for Andy’s latest.
You can also check his Twitter page (@AndyBottoms) for the latest news and notes.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for you this morning.
Once the NCAA Tournament bracket is out, we’ll patiently await Indiana’s NIT seeding and first round opponent. Just know that one NIT bracket prediction has IU in a potential second round matchup with Houston — where Devin Davis plays, and where Kelvin Sampson coaches.
Oh boy …
So the NIT may be a disappointing conclusion to a season that once had hopes as high as a national championship (remember?), but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be drama- and storyline-free.
Have a great Sunday. We’ll talk soon!