NCAA Tournament of the (Previous) Decade

Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm ET

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NCAA basketball logoNow that the first of a new decade of newly formated NCAA tournament fields has been set, Frump figured it’s as good a time as any to examine the best of the previous decade.

Some of you may recall Frumpzilla’s Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade – it was a pretty big hit for us.

This undertaking, while in a similar vein, isn’t necessarily intended as a definitive ranking of select college basketball programs from ‘00/’01 – ‘09/’10. We basically just thought it would be interesting to see how college basketball programs would stack up when plotting out each’s NCAA Tournament performance over the course of a decade.

More than anything, we wanted this to be fun. If nothing else, you might learn a thing or two about NCAA Tournament history from 2000 through 2010 – at least quantitatively — so make the jump to see how the NCAA Tournament of the 2000′s plays out…

Qualification

In order to be considered for our Tournament of the Decade, a program needed to have made at least one Sweet Sixteen run from 2000/2001 to 2009/2010.

Believe it or not, this benchmark conveniently left us with 69 team resumés to review, obviously not too far off from the field of 65 bracketologists were faced with researching on a yearly basis.

Scoring

Each of the 69 qualifiers received points based on its NCAA Tournament performance from seasons 2000/2001 through 2009/2010. Points were awarded as follows:

  • NCAA Tournament Appearance: 1 point
  • 2nd Round Appearance: 2 points
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearance: 3 points
  • Elite Eight Appearance: 5 points
  • Final Four Appearance: 8 points
  • Championship Game Appearance: 13 points
  • NCAA Championship: 21 points

Each school’s total score was used to rank/seed it in the bracket.

Others might note that this progressive scoring actually amounts to a Fibonacci sequence, but that’s neither here nor there. Again, just going for clean, simple, and fun here.

Caveats

A program did not receive credit/points for any NCAA Tournament performances during a season it was subsequently forced to vacate due to NCAA violations (See Memphis, USC, Ohio State, etc.).

Results

We decided to present the final scores/rankings/seedings three different ways:

  1. A traditional bracket with seed pairings and so on
  2. A straightforward, no frills list
  3. One of our infamous, embedded Excel files that contains the entire data set (reloading the page seems to work if you get errors)

For the bracket, teams were seeded relative to overall score in accordance with the NCAA’s “S” pattern (at least we think we did it that way). Naturally, winners were simply determined by higher seed, but we felt seeing it all play out in bracket format was still worth the effort.

The “Last Five Out” were Ole Miss, Auburn, Bradley, Penn State, and Wichita State, leaving us with a field of 64.

You can see the full Tournament of the Decade bracket here.

And here’s your no frills list/rankings:

  1. Duke, 159
  2. North Carolina, 145
  3. Kansas, 141
  4. Florida, 118
  5. Michigan State, 112
  6. UConn, 104
  7. Maryland, 90
  8. UCLA, 78
  9. Syracuse, 76
  10. Arizona, 67
  11. Illinois, 63
  12. Texas, 62
  13. Kentucky, 55
  14. Butler, 51
  15. Louisville, 49
  16. Oklahoma, 49
  17. Indiana, 46
  18. Villanova, 46
  19. Pittsburgh, 45
  20. Xavier, 45
  21. West Virginia, 43
  22. Ohio State, 42
  23. Georgia Tech, 40
  24. Wisconsin, 40
  25. Georgetown, 35
  26. Oklahoma State, 34
  27. Gonzaga, 33
  28. Memphis, 32
  29. Missouri, 31
  30. Marquette, 29
  31. Stanford, 28
  32. Tennessee, 28
  33. LSU, 24
  34. Oregon, 24
  35. Washington, 22
  36. George Mason, 21
  37. Purdue, 21
  38. Wake Forest, 20
  39. Alabama, 19
  40. Boston College, 18
  41. St. Josephs, 18
  42. Texas A&M, 18
  43. USC, 18
  44. Notre Dame, 17
  45. Cincinnati, 16
  46. Kent State, 16
  47. N.C. State, 16
  48. Southern Illinois, 16
  49. Davidson, 14
  50. Kansas State, 14
  51. Temple, 14
  52. Vanderbilt, 14
  53. Nevada, 13
  54. Baylor, 12
  55. Utah, 12
  56. Western Kentucky, 12
  57. Texas Tech, 11
  58. Northern Iowa, 10
  59. UAB, 10
  60. UNLV, 10
  61. UW-Milwaukee, 10
  62. Washington State, 9
  63. Cornell, 8
  64. St. Mary’s, 8
  65. Ole Miss, 7
  66. Auburn, 6
  67. Bradley, 6
  68. Penn State, 6
  69. Wichita State, 6

Finally, here’s an Excel file that contains all the data – how many times each school made the 2nd round, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, etc.

Disclaimer

Now, as our motto at the top of the page should make clear, we (still) don’t have editors here at Frumpzilla. That said, it’s possible there are some errors present in the calculations that led to our final rankings. That’s not to say this was a hasty production, only that Frump is certainly not infallible. If you find any oversights, please be sure to let us know.

Oh, and if you just want to bitch about your team being bowing out too early, or even not even making the Tournament at all, please feel free to do that as well. Leave a comment, or drop us a line – insulting or otherwise – at frumpmail@gmail.com.

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