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'Brainy Bracket' Still Intact--Mostly

As the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament continues, the "brainy bracket"--in which I chose winners based on their academic rankings by U.S. News & World Report--remains largely intact. Harvard's upset win over Cincinnati preserved their Elite Eight hopes. However, Oklahoma (#101 in U.S. News's rankings of national universities) fell to North Dakota State (#190), while Ohio State (#52) fell to Dayton (#112).

So the South and the West regions are a bit of a mess, though the East and the Midwest are fully intact, putting the "brainy bracket" in the 89.9th percentile of all brackets on The real test comes Friday, when Cal Poly (seeded #16) plays Wichita State (seeded #1). No #16 seed has ever beaten a #1 seed. Yet on the U.S. News list, Cal Poly is the #9 regional university in the west, while Wichita State is completely unranked.


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