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Get started with your 2012 bracket strategy today!

Once the 2012 bracket gets set on Selection Sunday, this will be the hottest section on bracketscience.com. We'll give you extensive statistics on all the 2012 tourney teams-and offer several projected brackets based on the high-, medium- and low-risk statistical models. Here are just five of the 12 models we shared last season (I may not have enough time to do that many this season, with those infernal First Four games):

Factors PASE model - Advance one and two seeds two rounds and three and four seeds one round. Then award each team the PASE value for any of the top ten attributes in KPI article. For the remaining matchups, advance the team with the higher cumulative PASE attribute value. Ties go to lower seeds in upset games. To resolve ties in toss-up games, give the nod to the team that possesses the most "top-three" attributes. If teams are still tied, opt for the higher seed.

Final Four/Champ Rules model - Use the rules identified in the "Picking your Final Four and champion" article: 1) Automatically advance top seeds three rounds, two seeds two rounds, and three and four seeds one round; 2) determine your Final Four and champion based the conditions outlined in the article and fill them into your bracket; 3) advance any other Final Four qualifiers as far as possible; and 4) use upset/toss-up rules for all remaining matchups

Pomeroy Pythag model - Ken Pomeroy's possession-based statistics have proven to be solid indicators of tourney overachievement. Pythag is a combined calculation of offensive and defensive efficiency. It has shown itself to be as strong as scoring margin in identifying tourney overachievers. With this in mind, I figured we do one bracket where we simply advance the team with the higher Pythag all the way to the championship. In 2008, this strategy was in the 99th percentile in the ESPN Tourney Challenge. Last year was nearly as good.

Pulse Check model - After advancing one seeds two rounds and two, three and four seeds one round, I analyze teams based on 14 key stats that will be featured on the blog. In remaining matchups, I advance the team with fewer disqualifiers. When two teams are tied, I advance the lower seeded team on the assumption that a) any higher seed with that many disqualifiers has issues, and b) this is supposed to be a crazy dance, darn it...so let's have at it. From the Sweet 16 on, if the two teams are within two disqualifiers of each other, I knock off the team whose worse disqualifier yields the lowest PASE. For instance, one seeds like Kentucky that didn't go to the previous dance are -.869 PASE underachievers. Meanwhile, West Virginia's worst disqualifier, shooting lower than .450 from the field, only yields a -.440 PASE for two seeds.

Upset/Tossup - Resolve all games with the Upset and Toss-up rules defined in the two series under "Feature Articles"; only allow upsets if the conditions yield better than 50 percent odds of the Cinderella winning. Caution: Because this strategy allows more upsets, its results are volatile.

You'll have to wait until Selection Sunday before all these models get unveiled. But you can get started forming your 2012 bracket strategy today by figuring out which Bracket Building Attack Plan suits you best.

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