NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Kansas State, TCU, and Providence Move Big

When we look back, we may remember 2022 as the year when artificial intelligence began its ascent. One major hack: OpenAI’s version of the chat At the end of November. The bot is designed to mimic human conversations but can also write college-level essays, compose song lyrics and answer detailed questions in a split second.

Maybe by this time next year, ChatGPT or some other AI tool will write Bracket Watch, analyze results and rankings and output a field of 68 in record time. We decided to play with it this week to see how close we came to losing our jobs (like, being visited from the future by terminators). ChatGPT still has some notable limitations; It doesn’t know much about what happened after 2021 and it doesn’t make predictions. So when we asked her about the top seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, we received the equivalent of “ask again later” for the Magic 8. (“The tournament is a long way off and there are many variables that can affect a team’s and seed’s performance.” Gee, thanks.)

ChatGPT provided us with an immediate thesis on why March Madness is so great (“The Tournament is known for its high level of competition and drama, with tumults and Cinderella being common occurrences”) and a racy three-paragraph breakdown of the pros and cons of the .NET ratings. But the most impressive — and slightly intimidating — moment came when we asked for a poem about AI and college basketball. And this flowed in the blink of an eye:

AI and college basketball,
Two worlds seem apart,
But both are full of excitement and suspense.
And the desire to be the best of the heart.

artificial intelligence, a world of technology and innovation,
push the boundaries of what we know,
learning and evolving forever,
never ending growth.

College basketball, a world of sports and skill,
of teamwork and determination,
The pursuit of victory and glory,
Constant striving for perfection.

Two worlds that may seem so different,
But both are driven by a common goal,
to be the best at what they do,
And leave their mark on the whole world.

Hey, we know Roko BasiliskSo we’ll just say: Robot Frost rules. We, for example, We welcome our new AI masters. And let’s face it: PCs already have a huge say in how the NCAA tournament is put together, with the .NET system and other metrics like KenPom, BPI, Sagarin, and the like. Field seeding requires a constant push/pull to interpret algorithmic analytics and human-driven results.

It’s important to remember that the selection committee weighs “Who did you beat?” More than “Where did you rank?” We saw this debate in earnest last season when many teams had NET numbers and other proficiency metrics that didn’t align with their actual workload. The committee continued to make gains and losses. Examples included Wisconsin (#24 on NET on Selection Sunday) Getting #3, Providence (No. 32 in the network) receiving No. 4 f Rutgers earning a large invitational field despite a net count of 77. Conversely, highly ranked teams that lack major earnings such as Murray State (21st place in net / No. 7 seeds), San Francisco (22 / No. 10) and Virginia Tech (27 / No. 11) It was not fare as well.

Computer rankings serve a useful purpose, perhaps especially right now. The best teams in college basketball so far They are virtually indistinguishableso metrics can provide an important differentiator. Houston Thursday entered #1 on NET, KenPom, Sagarin, BPI, and T-Rank, and after a week in Okun (twice) f Bordeaux Both lost, this should lift the Cougars. How good is the difference Kansas StateAnd Missouri And LSU, who all played early schedules but backed that up with decent winnings? Metrics can help us sort that out.

People should always have the last word, so that we can finally be redeemed and harvested. But a combination of human judgment and computer analysis can help us with what a certain poet once described as “the constant pursuit of perfection.”

Some notes on our second batch, now 66 days until this particular Sunday:

• The new No. 1 seed overall is Kansas, based on a 7-1 record of season 1 and 2 national champions. UConn fell from the #1 seed to #5, which is tough after two losses on the road to good opponents. But this shows just how close the top teams have come together.

• A chaotic week – in a still small sample size – created a broad movement. Kansas State lifted five seeded streaks after back-to-back Quads 1 wins, including a 116-103 win Tuesday at Texas. Pittsburgh (4-1 in Quadruple 1) went from the No. 10 seed barely on our radar to the No. 10 seed after defeating North Carolina and Virginia; Rutgers’ upset at Purdue pushed her out of the top four to a #7 ranking. Providence’s convincing victory over UConn got the Friars safely onto the field; And TCU It gained momentum by defeating Baylor for its 11th straight victory.

• This week’s Final Four Pairs will be Midwest vs. East and West vs. South based on our Starting List, which you can find below. * denotes the conference’s autobid qualifier; We’re basing that on, yeah, a combination of results and metrics.

• Questions? colic? Type ’em in the comments, and BracketBot (patent pending) will try to respond.

Midwest Region (Kansas City)

Eastern District (New York City)

Southern District (Louisville)

The first four are out The next four are out post four in Last four bye

Wake Forest

North West

Auburn

a house

Pennsylvania state

UCF

Oklahoma State

Kentucky

LSU

uab

Arizona

Utah

Utah

Oklahoma

North Carolina State

Memphis

Multi-bid conferences

league bids

Big ten

8

Big 12

8

ACC

7

SEC

7

Big East

5

Pac 12

4

AAC

2

Mountain West

2

World Council of Churches

2

Seed list

1

Kansas *

Arizona *

Houston *

Bordeaux *

2

Okun *

Tennessee *

Alabama

University of California

3

Gonzaga *

Texas

Virginia *

Arkansas

4

duke

Xavier

Miami

Baylor

5

TCU

Ohio State

Kansas State

Iowa

6

Indiana

Wisconsin

Market

Missouri

7

Rutgers

Creighton

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

8

Michigan State

Providence

San Diego State *

St. Mary’s

9

West Virginia

Maryland

Illinois

Mississippi

10

New Mexico

Pittsburgh

Kentucky

Charleston *

11

Utah

Memphis

Auburn / North Carolina State

Arizona State / Oklahoma State

12

Florida Atlantic *

Sam Houston *

Kent State *

Yale *

13

Dayton *

Iona *

Oral Roberts *

Southern Miss *

14

freedom*

UMass-Lowell*

University of California, Santa Barbara*

Indiana *

15

Longwood *

seo *

Colgate *

UNC-Greensboro*

16

Eastern Washington *

Norfolk State *

Northern Kentucky** / Texas A&M-CC*

Grambling State*/St. Francis (Pennsylvania) *

(picture Galen Wilson: Ed Zorga/Getty Images)

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