Written by Ross Chapman
February 26, 20177:04 pm 0 Comments
artist’s rendition of Ivy playoff scenarios
If you haven’t heard, this year is the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournament, in which four teams will compete in a bracket to determine who will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament. Since the regular season now has a responsibility to assign the top four seeds, instead of just the top one, there are a lot of new tiebreaker scenarios which the Ivy League has to keep track of, especially on the men’s side.
Some of these edge scenarios are downright terrifying.
This morning, the @Ivy_Basketball Twitter account clarified a ruling on tiebreaker rules, sending the league’s team of analysts into a frenzy. Basically, the tweet says that one parameter for breaking ties, the tied teams’ records against other Ivy teams, will refer not just to teams in the tournament, but all eight teams in the league. However, most statistical models were imagining that only the teams who made it into the tournament would matter, so those models became wrong. The league’s tiebreaker incompetence, for its devoted followers, is nothing new.
Here are the rules, per the Ivy League, on who wins a tiebreaker if, for instance, Penn and Columbia end the season tied at 6-8:
This new ruling opens up some outs for Columbia. Because of Columbia’s weak out-of-conference performance, they don’t stand a chance to win Tiebreaker 3. But there are scenarios in which Columbia can make the 4-seed, or even the 3-seed, thanks to the new rules. For instance, if the Lions and Penn Quakers both go 2-0 next weekend, and the Yale Bulldogs secure the 3-seed, then Columbia can make the tournament with a Brown win against Cornell. (If you don’t trust me, I encourage you to check out my horrifyingly complex (and poorly formatted) chart of how every scenario works out.)
Here are the basic playoff scenarios that matter to Columbia. For playoff odds not accounting for slightly undefined edge cases, refer to @YaleSportsGroup’s odds:
tl;dr – Neither Columbia nor Penn truly control their own destiny. Columbia should try to win, obviously. Beyond that, they want Yale and Penn to lose, they want Brown to beat Cornell, and they want Dartmouth to do well.
But what about some even more confusing scenarios?
Tags: basketball, brackets????, GOD WHY ARE SPORTS SO COMPLICATED, mbb, men's basketball, sports, statistics
Written by Lexie Lehmann
February 26, 20176:15 pm 0 Comments
Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.
More events after the jump!
Tags: bucketlist, countries! empires! more!, intellectual or physical privelege?, so many things are always happening at columbia, wish we could go to all of these instead of studying for midterms
Written by Amara Banks
February 26, 20174:06 pm 1 Comments
Not a castle, but close
In the interest of contrasting her industrial-modern experience from the other day, Bwog Bagel Amara Banks visited The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Below are some useful stats as well as her opinion of the library.
Location: 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. Right on the corner of 121st and Broadway
Hours: Typically 9am-10pm on weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturdays; 2pm-10pm on Sundays; check the full schedule here
Contact: (212) 851-5606; email@example.com; Twitter @BurkeLibraryUTS
Seats: ~200 seats total, ~20 computers, 20 comfy chairs, 0 seats for talking
more about Burke Library after the jump
Tags: books, Burke library, bwog baby daddy, classic looks, I need to come here more, library review, library reviews, This is close to claremont/elliot residents, UTS, visiting UTS and then selling out to Butler sucks
Written by Timmy Wu
February 26, 201711:36 am 0 Comments
Ceelo as Oscar golden man at the Grammy’s
The Oscars are important, yes. But, not as important as Bwog, amirite? Who needs the red carpet when you can stomp the zigzagging ramps of Lerner to 505 and meet all the A-listed, definitely-relevant superstars that are Bwog staffers?
Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm tonight, wear a Valentino full gown, Paul Smith tuxedo or a Givenchy potato sack, and, most importantly, bring your pitches!
Tags: '30 words or fewer', bwog is life, bwog is love, Bwog is priority, fashion, meeting tonight, pls come, we have more stickers pls come
February 26, 20179:47 am 0 Comments
Happening in the world: Long Zhengyang, former assistant chief editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily revealed that he was “persecuted” for being supportive of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (BBC)
Happening in the city (or the state): Rockland County sheriff’s bomb squad removed 2 WWII-era grenades from Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. (NBC New York)
Happening on campus: Taiwanese American Student Association and Outreach for Taiwan is holding an interactive workshop on the topic of cross-strait relations under the Trump and Tsai presidencies tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Lerner Broadway Room.
Overheard: *At 116th bus station* “Yeah, it was a good weekend, I’m just glad I don’t go to school here.” *looked up and realized that she was surrounded by Columbia students* “Sorry…”
photo via NBC New York
Tags: alternate history, bwoglines, china, fake news!, grenade, read it in lerner, Taiwan, this is important!!, trump, Tsai
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