March Madness: Predict the Final Four!


[FINAL]
They’re Number 2! Dr. Tim Chartier and Team miss PTF top spot by a hair.

Hey Dr. Tim Chartier and team…there’s always next year.

After suffering a crushing defeat in 2016’s March Madness final, the North Carolina Tar Heels roared back this year to outlast the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 and take home this year’s NCAA basketball championship.

In the process, Play The Future’s expert partner, the much-heralded sports analytics professor, came up ever-so-short in our March Madness Prediction Tournament, finishing second overall in the all-important accuracy score.

Taking top spot, a mere five points ahead of Dr. Chartier, was Angela O., an administrative assistant from Canada, of all places! (A Canadian being the most accurate Final Four predictor? That’s like an American predicting the exact day when the ice finally thaws in the Northwest Territories!)

The two were just about neck-and-neck, but Angela’s 132 combined total points prediction were two closer to the actual 136 than Dr. Chartier’s 130. Ahh, prediction…truly a game of inches 😉

Despite the Tar Heels being slight favorites to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, PTF players–including Dr. Chartier and Angela–seemed to go with the sentimental choice, as 41.7% chose Gonzaga to win (vs. 28.6% North Carolina, 16.2% South Carolina and 13.4% Oregon). Maybe it was the canine mascot…

Well, like the Gonzaga Bull Dog, perhaps Dr. Chartier and company are licking their wounds, and setting up for a big comeback in PTF’s 2018 March Madness Prediction event.

Better still, maybe they’re getting ready for our Cha-Ching! Tax Season Tournament, starting on April 5th!

[April 1, 2017 at 11:30 AM ET]
Woah! The final numbers are in, and this may be the most similar our Futurist predictions and expert predictions have ever been! There’s still some variation though…guess we’ll find out who the champs are soon enough 😉
The first result of the tournament will be coming in today at around 13:00 ET, so keep your eyes peeled!

[March 31, 2017 at 10:30 PM ET]
It looks like some PTF Futurists took the experts’ advice when making their predictions. 😉 Today is the FINAL DAY to make them so if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?! Good luck!

[March 30, 2017 at 11:00 PM ET]
The expert predictions are in! Tim Chartier’s team and Ed Feng deliberated, crunched the numbers, and finally decided upon their predictions. They vary, and only time will tell who will be the most accurate. 😉 Good luck all! Will you be watching the games this weekend?

[March 29, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET]
Here’s the updated medians from the PTF Community! Only time will tell if the experts agree or disagree. Come back tomorrow for their take! 😉

[March 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET]
The first predictions are in! Basketball fans jumped at the chance to predict. 😉 Stay tuned for the experts’ predictions coming soon!

[March 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET]
March Madness all comes down to this weekend! The Final Four teams will face each other in 2 semifinal games on Saturday, and the final game will be played on Monday. For the rest of the week, predict what will happen!

We’ll have a Final Four too. 😉 The top 4 Futurists will win $25 for Basketball Merch, and numbers 5 through 10 will win $20!

You’ll have some serious competition. Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team is back for more B-ball predictions! They’re joined by Ed Feng, renowned data scientist. Think you can beat ’em?


Dr. Tim Chartier is the Vice President of the Mathematical Association of America and a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. He specializes in sports analytics, and has worked with the NBA, NFL, ESPN’s Sport Science program, and NASCAR. He’s also been a valued resource for Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today and the New York Times! He’ll be crunching the numbers along with his research team to hopefully make the most accurate predictions possible!


Ed Feng is a Stanford Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, data scientist and writer. He’s the founder of the wildly popular site, thepowerrank.com, and his writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report. He believes in better predictions though analytics, and that the numbers will always help you win!

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