Basketball Stats Showdown 2022

The inaugural Nextech Stats Showdown competition is coming to the basketball powerhouse state of Indiana for 2022. Student teams will be tasked with using past tournament data (2013-2021) to create an algorithm that most accurately determines the top 10 most winningest teams in the NCAA tournament bracket. School teams will then use that algorithm and apply it to the 2022 data after Selection Sunday and submit their Top Ten list for 2022 to Nextech. The winning team per division (middle and high school) will win a traveling trophy to display in their school, a pizza party and bragging rights for the year. The school with the highest team scores average will win a pizza party for the team members from their school.

The inaugural Nextech Stats Showdown competition is coming to the basketball powerhouse state of Indiana for 2022. Student teams will be tasked with using past tournament data (2013-2021) to create an algorithm that most accurately determines the top 10 most winningest teams in the NCAA tournament bracket.

School teams will then use that algorithm and apply it to the 2022 data after Selection Sunday and submit their Top Ten list for 2022 to Nextech.

The winning team per division (middle and high school) will win a traveling trophy to display in their school, a pizza party and bragging rights for the year.

The school with the highest team scores average will win a pizza party for the team members from their school.

Student Teams

Teams of 2-4 students in grades 6-12 in any school throughout Indiana. Each team must have an adult sponsor that registers the team. This adult can be a teacher, parent or guardian or club advisor. The adult sponsor will be responsible for making sure the students comply with the rules and meet all the requirements and deadlines for the algorithm submission. Any sponsor can work with multiple teams.

Assignment

Students will be asked to answer the question: “What team in the NCAA Tournament Field is going to win the most games throughout March Madness?” Teams will be tasked with using past tournament teams’ data (2013-2021) to create an algorithm that most accurately determines the top 10 most winningest teams in the bracket. School teams will then use that algorithm and apply it to the 2022 data after Selection Sunday and submit their Top Ten list for 2022. Prior to the announcement of the 2022 NCAA Basketball Tournament field, teams will submit an algorithm that will choose the ten teams from the tournament field most likely to win games. After Selection Sunday, student teams will use their algorithm to submit their team’s top ten list. Who are the top ten teams (numbered from 10 – 1, 10 being the most likely to win the most games and 1 being the least) that are going to win games during March Madness as determined by their number crunching?

Competition Schedule

February 1 (or after)Student teams can start creating their algorithm using the 2013-2021 data set; sponsors will receive the data set and instructions within 2 business days after registration
February 10 & February 16Informational webinars for sponsors: details and questions (not required!)
March 11Algorithms due to sponsor by end of the day
March 13Selection Sunday
March 14Sponsors are provided the 2022 data sheet
March 15-16Teams have 48 hours after the Selection Sunday team data is distributed to apply their algorithm to the data, select their top 10 teams and submit their selections (and algorithm used) to Nextech.
Throughout Tournament Teams will be provided updates on competition results
Teams will be provided updates on competition results The Championship Game
April 15Winners notified on or before April 15 and prizes will be distributed
Want to learn more? Join one of the below webinars:

Still have questions? Email Stephanie Zircher at stephanie@nextech.org

This was created in partnership with and modeled after the The Iowa Center for Interdisciplinary Training’s program led by Rick Spellerberg.