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Bracketology 101 for Teens

Obama chose all four #1 seeds to make the Final 4, with Kansas taking it all.

March Madness is now officially underway, and millions of people all over the world, from offices to high schools, have their brackets all filled out and raring to go. Yesterday, President Barack Obama made his picks, as you’ve made yours.

Each year, as more star players bolt for the NBA early, the tournament seems as topsy-turvy as ever. So, how do you make your picks? Some people (me) use a simple combination of seedings and guts. But others use MATH.

You might remember the Five Thirty Eight Blog as the go-to place for election statistics and predictors, but with the NCAA Tournament rearing its ugly head, they’ve dedicated a few posts to the statistical research & analysis that goes into making tournament picks.

The bracket itself is here. The magic (i.e., the heavy data analysis), you can find here.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also has a few books on the topic, from books about the history of the tournament and its cultural relevance to a thrilling mystery that uses the “Final 4” as its backdrop.

Who do you have taking it all? I’ve got Pitt, UConn, Ohio State, and Kansas in the Final Four, with Kansas beating Ohio State 74-71 to win. See my bracket below (and for those of you doing the ESPN Tourney Challenge, you can compare your points with mine here!).

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh System-Wide Video Game Tournament : featuring Rock Band (Wii)

Rock Band (wii)

Rock Band (wii)

Think you and your friends have what it takes to win Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Battle of the Bands?  Prove it!

Starting this Friday, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is hosting its first ever Teen System-Wide Video Game Tournament!  Sign up for one of our Semi-Finals for your chance to compete in the Finals and win great prizes.  The tournament starts this Friday at CLP – Main, Teen, so sign up now!

Form a band of three (guitar, drums and vocals), score the highest point total in Rock Band for the Nintendo Wii and rock your way to the championship round!

Semi-Finals (winners at each location will receive three $10 Target gift cards.)

Friday, July 10 @ 1PM
CLP – Main, Teen ∙ 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland), 412-622-3121 (sign-up)

Saturday, July 11 @ 1PM
CLP – Homewood ∙ 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 412-731-3080 (sign-up)

Friday, July 17 @ 1PM
CLP – Sheraden∙ 720 Sherwood Avenue, 412-331-1135 (sign-up)

Saturday, July 18 @ 1PM
CLP – Southside ∙ 2205 East Carson Street, 412-431-0505 (sign-up)

Final Showdown: The band with the highest total score at the end of the championship round willreceive three $50 GameStop gift cards and the title of regional Rock Band Champion!

Friday, July 24 @ 1PM
CLP – Main, Teen ∙ 4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)

If you don’t have a full band feel free to sign up!  We’ll try to match you with other gamers on the day of the tournament! 

Remember to come up with a killer band name!

CLP – Main, Teen
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