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Joseph Koopmeiners, assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health, can speak on the statistical analysis of athletic tournaments like the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

When filling out your NCAA tournament brackets, choose upsets to win your office pool, U of M expert says

March 14, 2011

School of Public Health researchers use biostatistics to make sense of complex data, analyzing everything from disease rates to the effectiveness of clinical trials. And this month, researchers can use their statistical acumen to weigh in on something else -- NCAA March Madness.

A University of Minnesota expert who can speak on the statistical analysis of athletic tournaments like the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments is:

Joseph Koopmeiners, assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health

Applying statistics when filling out NCAA basketball brackets may give sports fans an extra advantage in their pools. While it’s important to consider team strength, opponents and point spreads, there are also situations where it makes sense to pick the underdog; especially when it comes to picking the champion.

“Think about how other people are going to fill out their brackets,” says Koopmeiners. ”Choose a champion that other people are not likely to pick and make subtle changes to distinguish your sheet from the others.”

For example, picking a 2 or 3 seed as the champion may be advantageous. The idea is that—if your team wins—you’re more likely to win your pool because most won’t have the same bracket choices as you.

Koopmeiners is available for media interviews Monday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an interview, contact Emily Jensen, Academic Health Center, (612) 624-9163 or jense888@umn.edu; or Kelly O’Connor, Academic Health Center, (612) 624-5680 or oconn246@umn.edu.

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