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If math isn't your thing, feel free to jump right into the rankings, but rest assured there is a method to this madness. For those of you who aren't terrified by numbers, here's how we determined where each state ranks.
The historical component—which accounts for 85 percent of each state's score—is based entirely on tournament appearances, Final Fours, national championships and the combined number of years for all D-I schools in each state. Regular-season wins were not included because, let's be honest, what you do during the regular season means nothing compared to how you do in the tournament.
Number of years per D-I school was included in the calculation, as it's simply not fair to judge states like California and Texas with more than 20 D-I schools on the same plane as states like Minnesota and Wyoming that only have one school to bring home the bacon.
Also, tournament appearances by schools that are no longer D-I were excluded. Apologies to Oklahoma and New York for losing the contributions of Oklahoma City, NYU and CCNY, but we either had to exclude those wins or include every school that ever counted as D-I—and the former was much less complicated.
In the end, we settled on the following formula: [TA + (FF*4) + (NC*20)] / Y
TA = tournament appearances, FF = Final Fours, NC = national championships and Y = total number of tournament-eligible years by all D-I schools in the state.
The current component makes up the remaining 15 percent of each state's score, and it is based on the number of weeks that schools have been ranked in the AP Top 25 since the start of the 2011-12 season. As with the historical component, we had to include a multiplier for the number of schools, so as to not give an unfair advantage to states with a lot of D-I schools.
The formula for the current component is: WR / (54*S)
WR = weeks ranked and S = number of schools in the state. Fifty-four represents the maximum number of weeks that a team could have been ranked.
We also added multipliers to each component. To get the historical component on a scale from 0 to 85, the scores were multiplied by 74.6744. To put the current component on a scale from 0 to 15, a factor of 24.796 was included.
Add them together, and you get each state's score.
Pretty simple, right?