Math bracket 2013

And here it is, the annual NCAA bracket produced by awarding each game to the school with the better math department.  Of course, these judgments are for entertainment only, and were produced by a group, so if you find any of the picks absurdly wrong, those were the ones I didn’t make.

Go Crimson!

MathBracket 2013

Update: A great first day of play for the math bracket — Harvard and Berkeley advance over higher-seeded opponents and we’re in the 55th percentile of the ESPN Challenge.

Update: Second day less good as UCLA is the first of our final four to get eliminated, and we drop into the low 30s.

Update: Bracket in disarray, with only Duke remaining from the math final four. On the bright side, the math faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University includes Eric Insko, a student of my collaborator Julianna Tymoczko, and an undergrad alum of UW-Madison. So that explains nicely why they’re doing so well.

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10 thoughts on “Math bracket 2013

  1. DS says:

    I take it you’ve got TT scoring a triple-double to knock out Michigan in the Sweet 16?

  2. NDE says:

    But how did Harvard end up in the West?

  3. JSE says:

    @DS: you gotta see the clip where he dunks over fulton, it’s unreal

  4. Brian Conrad says:

    But how did Michigan wind up in the South? And who decided on the comparison of UCLA and Michigan? :)

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  6. Ruthi says:

    NDE, Brian:

    The strange locations have to do with where the actually basketball games are played rather than where the teams are from. I think.

  7. Richard says:

    Tao sprained a sulcus early in the California contest, impairing his intuition — otherwise, the final score would have been much closer.
    Go, Bruijns!

  8. Bobito says:

    Harvard’s overemphasis of athletics is a sad development.

  9. JSE says:

    I don’t know if this comment is facetious or not but athletics have played a big role at Harvard for a long time. When I was in college there, twenty years ago, I went to every home football game, and a bunch of men’s hockey games too, the Harvard team having won the NCAA national championship the year before I arrived. It’s true that interest in men’s basketball may be newer (I didn’t go to a single basketball game all through college, and to be honest I’m not even sure exactly where on campus they play.)

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