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Cool tool for making unbiased picks


#1

This WSJ lets you make your picks without knowing the actual teams involved. You pick based upon each teams strengths and weaknesses.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200252914852590.html
edit: here is our matchup. I think :wink:

Code name: Gibbons .
Seed range: 7-8
RPI range: 21-30
Conference profile: Mid-major
Positives:
Does not commit many turnovers
Has a diverse offensive attack
Top four scorers are upperclassmen
Conference has had NCAA tournament success

Negatives:
Has not won tournament game since 2001
Beat just one ranked team
Struggles away from home at times
Average at defending the 3-point shot

Code name: Moose .
Seed range: 9-10
RPI range: 31-40
Conference profile: High major
Positives:
Finished strong, reaching conference tournament final
Experienced roster (though not in the NCAA tournament)
Takes care of the ball
Keeps opponents off the foul line

Negatives:
If their star is off, they’re dead
No tournament experience (last appearance: 2001)
Doesn’t get to the free-throw line much
Gets killed by the three


#2

The problem with this is that I know most of these teams just based on the descriptions. Been watching too much hoops. :-\


#3

I ended up picking OSU over Pitt this way. My real bracket has Kansas over Duke.


#4

This is a really good tool. Oddly, I ended up with very similar picks to what I already had…

Picked OSU over ND instead of OSU over Pitt.

Final Four was OSU, SDSU, ND, BYU as opposed to

OSU, SDSU, Pitt, Purdue


#5

This was wicked cool. 8) I had a laugh looking at my picks.

I picked PSU to the Sweet 16 (and guessed correctly which team they were).

I had Kentucky beating OSU (which I wouldn’t pick unblinded).

I blindly put Purdue in the Elite Eight, while Wisconsin loses to Utah State in round 2. Go figure.

B1G by rounds: 6-1; 3-3; 1-2; 0-1.

My Final Four was Kansas, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Cincinnati. (I’d have picked the first two, but not the last two, unblinded).

Kansas beats Carolina to win it all.

At least I didn’t pick UAB.


#6

Just got a Final Four of UNC, SDSU, Notre Dame, and Pitt.

That’s not close to what my biased predictions were.


#7

[quote=“dg12x, post:6, topic:2183”]Just got a Final Four of UNC, SDSU, Notre Dame, and Pitt.

That’s not close to what my biased predictions were.[/quote]

SDSU, shame on you. :wink:


#8

Wow, I just realized that Temple’s last win in the Big Dance was against us. I knew that our last tourney game was a loss to them, but I didn’t realize that they have not won a game since.