2012 Men’s Basketball Tournament

Below, I will be making picks based solely on the transitive property data.  To determine the “better” team, I looked at the shortest length of each chain over each other NCAA tournament team, then summed up the amount for all tournament teams.  I considered using the length of each chain for all D1 teams, but felt that would include chains comparing to teams I really didn’t care about (however, I used this stat as a tiebreaker if necessary).  I also considered comparing the shortest chain in each direction, but I felt that could place too much weight on a single game (just based on their one matchup, using that logic Indiana would be “better” than Kentucky).

Selected winners highlighted in bold:

ROUND 1 (PLAY-IN GAMES)
(12) California
VS
(12) South Florida

(16) Lamar
VS
(16) Vermont

(14) B-Y-U
VS
(14) Iona

(16) Miss Valley State
VS
(16) Western Ky

ROUND 2 (ROUND OF 64)
SOUTH
(1) Kentucky
VS
(16) Miss Valley State/WKU

(8) Iowa State
VS
(9) Uconn

(5) Wichita State
VS
(12) VCU

(4) Indiana
VS
(13) New Mexico State

(6) UNLV
VS
(11) Colorado

(3) Baylor
VS
(14) South Dakota St.

(7) Notre Dame
VS
(10) Xavier

(2) Duke
VS
(15) Lehigh

WEST
(1) Michigan State
VS
(16) LIU Brooklyn

(8) Memphis
VS
(9) Saint Louis

(5) New Mexico
VS
(12) Long Beach State

(4) Louisville
VS
(13) Davidson

(6) Murray State
VS
(11) Colorado State

(3) Marquette
VS
(14) BYU/Iona

(7) Florida
VS
(10) Virginia

(2) Missouri
VS
(15) Norfolk State

EAST
(1) Syracuse
VS
(16) UNC-Asheville

(8) Kansas State
VS
(9) Southern Miss

(5) Vanderbilt
VS
(12) Harvard

(4) Wisconsin
VS
(13) Montana

(6) Cincinnati
VS
(11) Texas

(3) Florida State
VS
(14) St. Bonaventure

(7) Gonzaga
VS
(10) West Virginia

(2) Ohio State
VS
(15) Loyola (MD)

MIDWEST
(1) North Carolina
VS
(16) Lamar/Vermont

(8) Creighton
VS
(9) Alabama

(5) Temple
VS
(12) California/South Florida

(4) Michigan
VS
(13) Ohio

(6) San Diego State
VS
(11) NC State

(3) Georgetown
VS
(14) Belmont

(7) Saint Mary’s
VS
(10) Purdue

(2) Kansas
VS
(15) Detroit

ROUND 3 (ROUND OF 32)
SOUTH
(1) Kentucky
VS
(9) Uconn

(5) Wichita State
VS
(4) Indiana

(6) UNLV
VS
(3) Baylor

(10) Xavier
VS
(2) Duke

WEST
(1) Michigan State
VS
(9) Saint Louis

(5) New Mexico
VS
(4) Louisville

(11) Colorado State
VS
(3) Marquette

(7) Florida
VS
(2) Missouri

EAST
(1) Syracuse
VS
(8) Kansas State

(5) Vanderbilt
VS
(4) Wisconsin

(6) Cincinnati
VS
(3) Florida State

(10) West Virginia
VS
(2) Ohio State

MIDWEST
(1) North Carolina
VS
(9) Alabama

(5) Temple
VS
(4) Michigan

(11) NC State
VS
(3) Georgetown

(10) Purdue
VS
(2) Kansas

ROUND 4 (SWEET SIXTEEN)
SOUTH
(1) Kentucky
VS
(4) Indiana

(3) Baylor
VS
(2) Duke

WEST
(1) Michigan State
VS
(4) Louisville

(3) Marquette
VS
(2) Missouri

EAST
(1) Syracuse
VS
(5) Vanderbilt

(3) Florida State
VS
(2) Ohio State

MIDWEST
(1) North Carolina
VS
(4) Michigan

(3) Georgetown
VS
(2) Kansas

ROUND 5 (ELITE EIGHT)
SOUTH
(1) Kentucky
VS
(2) Duke

WEST
(4) Louisville
VS
(3) Marquette

EAST
(1) Syracuse
VS
(2) Ohio State

MIDWEST
(1) North Carolina
VS
(2) Kansas

ROUND 6 (FINAL FOUR)
SOUTH:(2) Duke
VS
WEST:(4) Louisville

EAST:(1) Syracuse
VS
MIDWEST:(1) North Carolina

ROUND 7 (CHAMPIONSHIP)
(2) Duke
VS
(1) North Carolina

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