Bracketology: Dr. Suess’ Wackiness Hits March Madness

Syracuse at Virginia

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Today, March 2, is Dr. Suess’ birthday, and the children’s book author’s version of “Wacky Wednesday” hit NCAA Men’s College Basketball this week. Theodor Suess Geissel, better known as Dr. Suess, was born on March 2, 1902 and passed away in 1991. One of his amusing books, “Wacky Wednesday,” entertained children with wacky occurrences such as shoes on a wall and pigs without legs.

We saw similar wacky action in this week’s college hoops action. Half of the top 10 teams lost, and in total, nine of the top 20 teams lost.  This, for teams that average winning more than 80 percent of their games. March Madness has already started!

Some of the top teams losing include the Syracuse Orangemen and Kansas Jay Hawks. Meanwhile, the Virginia Cavaliers continue to make a lot of noise, especially with their dominating 75-56 win over Syracuse.

We previously analyzed March Madness brackets and learned that No. 1 seeds do not advance to the Final Four as often as some fans believe. Our study of brackets, or Bracketology, combined with finding undervalued teams can help you in your March Madness office bracket pool.

Here are additional teams to watch as the college basketball regular season ends and conference tournaments start up. Again, we are using this list as a placeholder of potential value once the brackets and seedings for the NCAA tournament are set.

Virginia Cavaliers

Louisville Cardinals

Wisconsin Badgers

Ohio State Buckeyes

The next few weeks will spotlight hot teams that win their conference playoffs. These hot teams may be awarded higher seeds than they deserve. After Selection Sunday, we will review our lists of teams for potential value.  Stay tuned!

Carlton Chin is a portfolio manager, quant researcher, and sports analysis contributor at Rant Sports. Please follow him on Twitter @QuantFacts, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your Google network.

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