Wednesday, March 31, 2010

List #33: Grading my 25 Predictions from my NCAA Bracket

In my previous list, I made 25 predictions concerning the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. How did I do? Take a look...

Prediction #1: All higher seeds in the Midwest bracket would win in the first round.
In reality: 5 out of the 8 higher seeds won. Georgetown, Oklahoma State, and UNLV all lost.
Record: 0-1

Prediction #2: Seventh seed Oklahoma State would beat tenth seed Georgia Tech.
In reality: Georgia Tech won.
Record: 0-2

Prediction #3: Michigan State would beat Maryland in the second round.
In reality: They did.
Record: 1-2

Prediction #4: Georgetown would beat Ohio State in the third round.
In reality: Georgetown didn't make it out of the first round.
Record: 1-3

Prediction #5: Minnesota would beat Xavier in the first round.
In reality: They did not.
Record: 1-4

Prediction #6: UTEP would beat Butler in the first round.
In reality: Butler won their region and will play in the Final Four.
Record: 1-5

Prediction #7: Syracuse beats Pittsburgh to make the Final Four
In reality: Syracuse got knocked off earlier and didn't make the Elite 8.
Record: 1-6

Prediction #8: Pittsburgh beats Kansas State to make it to the Elite 8.
In reality: K-State beat Xavier to make it to the Elite 8.
Record: 1-7

Prediction #9: All the higher seeded teams would win their first round game in the East region.
In reality: The top four seeds all won in the first round, but Temple, Marquette, Clemson, and Texas all lost.
Record: 1-8

Prediction #10: Texas loses to Kentucky in the second round.
In reality: Wake Forest lost to Kentucky in the second round.
Record: 1-8-1

Prediction #11: Cornell would lose to Temple.
In reality: Cornell defeated Temple.
Record: 1-9-1

Prediction #12: Temple would lose to Wisconsin.
In reality: Cornell also defeated Wisconsin.
Record: 1-10-1

Prediction #13: Missouri loses in the opening round.
In reality: They won their first game.
Record: 1-11-1

Prediction #14: Marquette will defeat New Mexico to reach the Sweet 16.
In reality: Marquette lost in the first round.
Record: 1-12-1

Prediction #15: West Virginia would defeat Marquette in the Sweet 16.
In reality: West Virginia defeated Washington.
Record: 1-12-2

Prediction #16: Kentucky reaches the Final Four.
In reality: Kentucky lost to West Virginia.
Record: 1-13-2

Prediction #17 and #18: Louisville wins in the first round and then defeats Duke in the second round.
In reality: Louisville lost in the first round.
Record: 1-15-2

Prediction #19: Purdue beats Siena in the first round.
In reality: They did.
Record: 2-15-2

Prediction #20: Texas A&M beats Purdue in the second round.
In reality: They failed to do so.
Record: 2-16-2

Prediction #21 and #22: Villanova reaches the Final Four.
In reality: They lost to upstart St. Mary's in the second round.
Record: 2-18-2

Prediction #23: Six teams from the Big East make it to the Elite 8.
In reality: Only one team (West Virginia) did.
Record: 2-19-2

Prediction #24: Kansas wins the National Championship.
In reality: Kansas was done after the first weekend.
Record: 2-20-2

Prediction #25: Notre Dame gives Baylor a tough game in the second round.
In reality: Notre Dame gave Old Dominion a tough game, but lost, in the first round.
Record: 2-21-2

Lesson learned: Don't quit my day job.