Can Alumni Salaries Predict the Winner?
We don't like to brag, but this crazy method has worked before. There are certainly stranger ways to fill out your brackets. Whether you buy in to salary being an accurate predictor of the ultimate men's basketball tournament or not, the alumni salary data is pretty interesting on its own. See which team comes out on top when the deciding factor is alumni salaries for the school rather than points scored on the court.
TossUp
TossUp
TossUp
Squeaker
Squeaker
Squeaker
$62,400
Kentucky
$70,600
Connecticut
$70,600
Connecticut
$68,100
Indiana
$61,200
Wichita St
$68,100
Indiana
$70,600
Connecticut
$97,600
Duke
$73,600
Colorado
$68,800
Baylor
$73,600
Colorado
$97,600
Duke
$90,500
Notre Dame
$97,600
Duke
$97,600
Duke
$83,800
Virginia
$97,600
Duke
$67,700
Michigan St
$73,100
St Louis
$73,100
St Louis
$67,000
Davidson
$62,500
New Mexico
$67,000
Davidson
$73,100
St Louis
$83,800
Virginia
$61,700
Colorado St
$76,300
BYU
$76,300
BYU
$83,800
Virginia
$83,800
Virginia
$63,000
Missouri
$74,200
Syracuse
$61,700
Kansas St
$74,200
Syracuse
$110,000
Harvard
$110,000
Harvard
$69,500
Wisconsin
$110,000
Harvard
$80,900
Texas
$80,900
Texas
$59,600
Florida St
$80,900
Texas
$75,700
Loyola (MD) Anto
$69,400
Gonzaga
$75,700
Loyola (MD)
$110,000
Harvard
$110,000
Harvard
$97,900
Georgetown
$73,300
North Carolina
$71,800
Creighton
$73,300
North Carolina
$82,700
California
$82,700
California
$82,200
Michigan
$82,700
California
$97,900
Georgetown
$72,000
NC St
$97,900
Georgetown
$97,900
Georgetown
$76,900
Saint Mary's
$76,900
Saint Mary's
$65,400
Kansas
1st Round           2nd Round    Salary 16    Top Earning 8      Fat Wallet Four      Top Earning 8    Salary 16    2nd Round           1st Round
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The brackets that are highlighted in blue are Toss Ups - the tiny salary difference (<2%) makes the outcome statistically too close to call, but we selected the higher salary team to move on anyway.
The brackets that are highlighted in green are Squeakers - the narrow salary difference (2-5%) was wide enough to pick a winner, but just barely.
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