Located in the middle of a college basketball battle zone (Durham, NC), we here at W5 get a “little” excited this time of year. As March Madness approaches, we’re gearing up for the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Brackets are being prepared, wagers are being made, and everyone is looking forward to being crowned,
“The Official 2014 College Basketball Championship – Lord of the Office Bracket Pool – Winner”
While many will battle to become the office bracket champion, there can be only one crowned winner. If you want a bracket that is carefully constructed, overanalyzed, and backed by statistically sound data, then you should try to learn how Muthu Alagappan is designing his bracket. In 2012 as a medical student at Stanford and an intern at Ayasdi, Alagappan used statistical data to change the way many view individual basketball positions and overall team dynamics. Alagappan’s model categorizes players into thirteen (13) positions rather than five (5). This model is able to see which teams have a great balance of talent versus teams who don’t. Alagappan has gained a lot of attention as his findings have been a hot topic in the world of sports.
Here is a video of Alagappan explaining his model:
For those less obsessed with winning their office tournament there are a number of other ways to fill out a bracket, all of which may lead to a new and wonderful life at work. Here are just a few:
- Pick your favorite team to win it all – Don’t worry about the odds. Go with your heart.
- Navigate by way of “prettiest” jersey – If you look “good,” you feel “good.” If you feel “good,” you play “good.”
- Copy someone else – Just use the old “I’m just curious, who did you pick?”
However you decide to pursue this journey, good luck and happy “bracketing.”