2012 March Madness: Ranking the Teams by People Who Don't Watch Basketball

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2012 March Madness: Ranking the Teams by People Who Don't Watch Basketball
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Kentucky's Anthony Davis cuts down the net

Last year, I talked my girlfriend into entering an NCAA tournament pool. Her theories were strange in picking teams, but as fate would have it, she came in second out of 50 people and was probably the only one in the pool who knew nothing about college basketball.

And I mean nothing.

Her success piqued her curiosity, however, and she would watch games with me this season to brush up on her pool knowledge. She once again is in the top five and still doesn’t really know anything about basketball.

I bring all this up because her method of picking teams has to do with the team name, and not a whole lot else. This gave me an idea. I wanted to rank each team by its name by people who knew nothing about basketball, so I gathered a few people and put a ranking together. It wasn’t hard to find people who don’t watch basketball as I live in Tampa and they barely know what a basketball is down here.

After this scientific poll, I showed it to my girlfriend, Keri, and got her input on each of the teams ranked.

I knew a lot of things about my girlfriend, but I never knew her genius, as you’ll read in the upcoming slides.

I present, the rankings of every college basketball team in the NCAA tournament by people who don’t know anything about basketball and critiqued by my girlfriend.

Enjoy.

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