It’s here – the day we NEED to be turned into a national holiday. It’s TOURNAMENT TIME BABY! That’s right, sound the trumpets, grab your favorite snacks and a cold beverage and prepare to not leave your couch until Monday. We know that every year people fill out millions of brackets with such scientific methods such as which team has the best BPI Rank while holding their opponents to the lowest PPG or, you know, which team has the coolest looking mascot. We decided to try another method – we’re using the brand new Tournament Maker feature in Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2017 along with some custom ratings for each team and see what the game thinks.
Now a scientific study this hardly is – we ran one sim and if you think we created actual player and player ratings for 64 teams you’re crazy. We just adjusted the initial team prestige to generate a league, setup the tournament and voila. It may not be perfect but it’s at least as good as picking the brackets based on which teams wear your favorite colors. So lets fire this up – and remember, it’s all in fun.
Before we begin – don’t forget you can do this yourself. The Tournament Maker feature is just one of the new features in DDS:CB 2017 this year and of course you can grab hold of your favorite team and lead them to the tournament yourself over and over again while you play out your storied coaching career. Click the link in the opening paragraph to learn all about the game.
Well the East Region starts pretty chalky and then all hell breaks lose in the second round as Wisconsin pulls off a major upset knocking out last year’s champs paving the way for a Virginia/SMU showdown with SMU advancing.
Looks like some interesting fireworks on the docket for the West region although top seed Gonzaga gets out and you know that a 12 is going to take down a 5 – looks like DDS:CB 2017 suggests candidate one for that job is Princeton.
It happened last year when Middle Tennessee upset perennial March juggernaut Michigan State, Dunk City made it happen in 2013 and it happened TWICE in 2012 – could we see another 15 v 2 upset? While it seems very unlikely DDS:CB 2017 wasn’t afraid to go out on a limb and predict that Jacksonville State would be this year’s Cinderella. The upset throws this bracket upside down paving the way for Oklahoma State to take it home – after all if they can beat a team like Michigan they clearly are an amazing team!
Speaking of Middle Tennessee, if any team is in position for the annual 12 seed upset it could be them and Butler has been no stranger to some March magic. This has to be possibly the toughest of the four brackets with North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA all as contenders and the simulation shows Butler making a nice run but not quite enough to slide past Kentucky.
So – who wins it all? Who should you be scrambling to take as you fill out your final brackets before tip-off? Well, Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2017 says Gonzaga takes it home. I guess it helps they only have to go through a six and a ten seed in the finals but who wants a boring, chalky final anyway? That’s the best thing about the tournament – its unpredictable and anything can happen. So happy tournament watching – enjoy the greatest day in sports of the year!
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