Friday, March 20, 2009
Above is a real time progression of the Final Four chances and the number of average wins for the seven ACC teams using my NCAA Tournament simulation. Yesterday there were a number of interesting trends, including the downward trend of Carolina's Final Four chances despite crushing Radford earlier in the day. In fact, they are no longer the favorite to win the South regional. Maryland improved their average number of wins from 0.44 to 1.15, despite the fact that they now have one actual win. This reflects the 15% chance that they will beat Memphis on Saturday.
As we enter Day 2, it will be interesting to see the chances of Boston College, Wake Forest, and Florida St before and after they play their games. It will also be interesting to follow the progression of Duke and Carolina's chances as the number of upsets increases. My next update will be after the 12 PM games. I don't expect there to be much effect on the ACC teams, but some upsets could send waves through other teams' chances (for example, if Stephen F. Austin upset Syracuse, it would solidify Oklahoma as the South regional favorite).