How Predictable Is the Overall Voting Pattern in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Post-Tournament Poll?


After the completion of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament in 1993, a poll of coaches was taken so those results—as well as those from the National Invitational Tournament (NIT)—could be considered when generating one final, subjective measure concerning that season’s teams. Each year since then, this poll—as administered by ESPN/USA Today—has placed the team that has won the NCAA tournament as its number-one team, and typically the runner-up in the championship game has finished in second place. The other two Final Four participants also are usually voted as the third and fourth teams, respectively.

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