About the Class
Bracketology is a two-credit course taught over three Saturdays on Feb. 14, March 7 and April 18 to align with March Madness, the single elimination college basketball tournament that unfolds each spring among men’s Division I basketball teams.
The course is a hit among sports fans—and those eager to understand the frenzy when the country becomes obsessed in March over filling out a tournament bracket in hopes of winning the office pool.
Bracketology shows students how to use math to improve their chance of selecting upsets, sure fires and which teams will make it to the Final Four.
Both undergraduates and graduate students alike, both male and female, are assigned to teams that make up an NCAA committee. Through probability and regression analysis, teams then select who plays and who wins, and they are asked to defend their selections.
Together the teachers, Lindner College of Business Professor Mike Magazine and Lindner alum Paul Bessire, impart their wisdom in a course packed full of history, methodology and, of course, NCAA bracket selection.