Selection Sunday: Predict the Picks!

[Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM EST]
And there you have it! The remaining results are in, and it looks like our Futurists’ median predictions managed to best Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team on 3 questions!

We asked Dr. Tim for his thoughts on the tournament, and he said:
“Predictive sports analytics is the name of the game, so to speak, in my work. Usually, I’m trying to predict the bracket! Play the Future was a fun way, along with my student researchers, to think outside the bracket, have fun, and test our predictions against the crowd!

My group leans on data. So, as much as we could, we tried to find data to help with our answers. Yet, the questions posed by Play the Future are clever. Math and searching for data alone isn’t going to help you win. At some point, you make a prediction and see what happens. But, isn’t that part of life itself? Sometimes, we do all we can to figure something out but some things won’t be clear until they happen. So, you make your choice. In the case of Play the Future, I make my choice and my phone alerts me on when I learn how I did!”

Dr. Tim ended up ranking 7th out of thousands of Futurists, which was an amazing showing. To the six Futurists that ranked higher…you should probably apply for a spot on his research team 😉 In any case, that’s our Selection Sunday tournament all wrapped up. Make sure you’re on the app tomorrow, as that’s when we’ll be launching our St Patrick’s Day tournament!

[Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:30 AM EST]
Well, uhhh…that was unexpected! Turns out our Selection Sunday tournament will actually conclude on Wednesday, when the remaining seeds are determined via the First Four games. ‘Til then, you can check out how our Futurists predictions have stacked up against Dr. Tim Chartier’s Research Team so far!

(P.S. The Bachelor Finale tournament is tonight. Make your predictions on the app ASAP!)

[Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM EST]
It’s the day before the tournament, and we’re feeling excited! It seems Dr. Tim’s Research Team will be playing their cards close to their chest ’til Sunday, but in the meantime, you can check out the latest median numbers from our players above!

[Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM EST]
Aaaaaaand our first batch of Futurist predictions are in! We’re still waiting on our experts to make theirs, but we’re excited to see how they’ll stack up against one another. How do you feel about our players’ predictions so far? 🙂

[Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST]
It’s the most glorious time of the year for college basketball fans: March Madness! You don’t have to wait until Sunday to start celebrating because you can predict the picks right now in our Selection Sunday Tournament! The person with the #1 bracket will win $75 for Basketball Gear, and numbers #2-10 will win $20.

For this tournament, you’ll be facing off against the experts! Think you’ll be able to beat them? 😉


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!

Good luck to all our players, and stay tuned as the first predictions roll in!

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