March Madness Math

SPORTS March Madness Math A couple of self-described frustrated jocks—and business professors—teamed up to produce a model for predicting which college basketball teams would make it to the NCAA Tournament: The Dance Card. The most updated version of the Dance Card debuted in 2009, and has had a 94.4 percent accuracy rate. As the 2013 Final Four are decided this weekend, the Dance Card’s mathematical … Continue reading March Madness Math

Five ways the Final Four went green

2010-08-28_0909514.JPGUnless you have been living in a hole in the middle of the Pacific on an uninhabited island with no communication with the outside world, you have probably heard about this year’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament (fondly known as “March Madness”).  Each year during the tourney betting pools are created, brackets are filled out, and many hours of passionate, tense, but oh-so-exciting basketball action are watched–and it all leads up to the FINAL FOUR!  

This year the last four teams left standing were: University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT), Butler University (Indianapolis, IN), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA).  In a classic David-versus-Goliath kind of showdown, Goliath (a.k.a. UCONN) prevailed over the small but mighty (and sadly unsuccessful) Butler Bulldogs.  However, what I would like to bring to your attention today has more lasting impacts than a trophy.  This year the NCAA Final Four took one for the team and played it ecologically and environmentally friendly.

1. Cleaning products
Bracket Town hosted thousands of fans this year who flocked to Houston
to watch the grand finale of college basketball.  Thousands of fans
equates to millions of nasty little microscopic germs just waiting to
find a host–Germ-X please!  This year all of the cleaning products used
at Bracket Town were certified by Green Seal.  Instead of adding more
toxic substances to the environment, Green Seal products lessen toxic
exposure. Clean, but not harmful–the perfect combination for slightly
germophobic people like me.

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World Basketball Quiz answers

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Pencils down! Today marks the final deadline for submission of the George Mason University “Coach L’s World Basketball Quiz.” We hope you had fun and got a good mental work-out from these geography and basketball-themed questions. See how you did by comparing your responses to the correct answers below. But remember: All entries are eligible for the drawing! 1. Which … Continue reading World Basketball Quiz answers

George Mason Tickets

Subscribe to this blog’s feed SPECIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA EVENT: What do you get when you combine geography and NCAA Division I basketball? One unique night of entertainment! What: “Coach L’s World Ball Night” (Mason Patriots men’s basketball vs. Dayton Flyers) When: November 17, 2007, 7pm Where: Patriot Center,  Fairfax, VA Get your discount tickets today (only $6!!) : click here Password: Patriots      … Continue reading George Mason Tickets

The World at Their Fingertips: George Mason’s New Globe – Ball

Subscribe to this blog’s feed                                       photo by John Aronson Spend an exhausting morning chasing some of the nation’s most elite college athletes around a basketball court, and you’ll most likely be hankering for a little grub. But if you’re a participant at George Mason University Coach Jim Larranga’s summer camp, you have … Continue reading The World at Their Fingertips: George Mason’s New Globe – Ball