How to Game the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) in Basketball.

On Selection Sunday, the NCAA Tournament committee will need to decide on which 36 teams should receive an “At-Large” bid. Many of these teams are simple to select; for instance Kansas will be at At-Large team thanks to their loss to TCU on Thursday in the Big 12 conference tournament. However, there are many “Bubble” teams…

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Bracketology: Five Days Remaining

As the major conferences kick off their conference tournaments today, we take a look at the current state of the NCAA Brackets. Currently, eleven teams are already in the NCAA tournament due to smaller conferences completing their respective championship games. This means roughly 150 teams are already eliminated from earning an NCAA Tournament berth. With roughly 200…

NBC’s The Wall – Markov Simulation

NBC’s game show The Wall debuted at the New Year and is effectively a mix of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Plinko rolled into one. With its high suspense and random action, it’s been a relative hit for NBA, garnering a 1.5/5 to 1.6/6 rating/share in the Nielsen polls. Note: For those who are unfamiliar…

Understanding the Cousins Trade

During the NBA All-Star break, the Sacramento Kings dealt DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, as well as New Orleans’ top-3 protected first round pick and second round pick. Let that sink in for a minute. For most New Orleans’ fans, this turned out…