Thank goodness the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has finally started. I’m not sure I could take much more of the “bracketology” prognostication that’s been consuming sports TV since pairings were announced last Sunday. It’s experts and analytics to the max – Dick Vitale versus Nate Silver.

To followers of college hoops like myself, there’s no shortage of team performance metrics to digest, what with strength of schedule (SOS), ratings percentage index (RPI), basketball power index (BPI), Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, the Jeff Sagarin ratings – and many more. Analytics gurus run simulations of the tournament based on predictions derived from the ratings to determine their brackets.

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