2012 NCAA Tournament seedings and brackets by SAT scores

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 UPDATE: To see the 2014 SAT scores, click here.

People always complain about the NCAA basketball tournament seeding. What if the NCAA men’s tournament teams had to submit their school’s freshman SAT scores (not just those of basketball players) to get their seeding?

With some help from the College Board, I figured it out. Of course, Harvard would be the No. 1 seed overall, followed by Duke and Vanderbilt. From then on, it gets a little congested.  Here’s a look at how the tournament brackets would shake out based on standardized test scores.

The methodology here is very simple and not especially refined. I use the midpoints of a school’s 25-75 percentile Math and Verbal scores and add them (since not all schools report writing scores). For those (Midwestern) schools that rely more heavily on the ACT, I converted ACT to SAT scores. Intereestingly, the top 20 teams in the SAT bracket have average scores above 1200, and 60 of the 68 have average scores above 1000. The East bracket appears to have the highest average scores.

Inside Higher Ed has set up its own brackets based on academic progress statistics for NCAA tournament teams: Davidson, Lehigh, Kansas, and Texas make the Final Four, and Kansas wins. (Sounds rigged to me, but I’m from Missouri. Go Tigers!)

By the way, if you thing I’m taking this exercise too seriously, here’s an excerpt on the unfortunately named Standard Hightower Intellachievement Test from my novel, Chain Gang Elementary. It sets forth my feelings on the matter rather clearly.  (Just sound out the acronym and you’ll see.)

Below the overall ranking, I broke down each region’s scores.

NCAA Tourney Schools’ SAT Rankings and Scores

 

1. Harvard 1495
2. Vanderbilt 1440
2. Duke 1440
4. Notre Dame 1415

1400

5. California 1370
6. Davidson 1360
7, Virginia 1350
7. Georgetown   1350
7, Texas 1350
7. Michigan   1350
11. North Carolina 1300
12. Lehigh 1300

1300

13. Florida 1260
13. Ohio State 1260
13. Wisconsin 1260
16. BYU 1255
17. Gonzaga 1250
18. Baylor 1235
19. Uconn 1220
20. Florida State 1205

1200

21. Loyola (MD) 1195
22. Saint Louis 1190
23. Michigan State 1185
23. Vermont 1185
23. Creighton 1185
23. NC State 1185
27. Colorado 1170
27. Purdue 1170
27. Missouri 1170
27. Kentucky 1170
31. Marquette 1165
31. UNC-Asheville 1165
31. Belmont 1165
31. Indiana 1165
35. Syracuse 1160
36. South Florida 1155
37. Iowa State 1150
37. Kansas   1150
39. Cincinnati 1130
39. Colorado State 1130
41. Alabama 1128
42. Long Beach State 1125
43. Louisville 1120
44. Kansas State 1110
45. St. Mary’s 1105
46, Temple 1100

1100

47. Xavier 1095
47. Detroit 1095
49. Montana 1090
49, Wichita State 1090
51. San Diego State 1085
51. VCU 1085
53, Ohio 1075
54. West Virginia 1065
54. St. Bonaventure 1065
56. Southern Mississippi 1030
57. South Dakota State 1030
57. New Mexico 1030
57. Memphis 1030
60. UNLV 1010

1000

61. New Mexico State 990
61, Western Kentucky  990
63. Iona 985
64, Lamar 950
65, LIU-Brooklyn 895
66. Norfolk State 870
67, Mississippi Valley State 830
68. Murray State NA

* * *  SAT RANKINGS BY REGION * * *

SOUTH

1. Duke 1440
2. Notre Dame 1415
3. Lehigh 1300
4. Baylor 1235
5. Uconn 1220
6. Colorado 1170
7. Kentucky 1170
8. Indiana 1165
9. Indiana 1165
10. Iowa State 1150
11. Xavier 1095
12. Wichita State 1090
13. VCU 1085
14. South Dakota State 1030
15. UNLV 1010
16. New Mexico State 99017. Western Kentucky  990
18. Mississippi Valley State 830

WEST

1. Davidson 1360
2. Virginia 1350
3. Florida 1260
4. BYU 1255
5. Saint Louis 1190
6. Michigan State 1185
7. Missouri 1170
8. Marquette 1165
9. Colorado State 1130
10. Long Beach State 1125
11. Louisville 1120
12. New Mexico1030
13. Memphis 1030
14. Iona 985
15. LIU-Brooklyn 895
16. Norfolk State 870
17. Murray State NA

EAST   

1. Harvard 1495
2. Vanderbilt 1440
3. Texas 1350
4. Ohio State 1260
4. Wisconsin 1260
6. Gonzaga 1250
7. Florida State 1205
8. Loyola (MD) 1195
9. UNC-Asheville 1165
10. Syracuse 1160
11. Cincinnati 1130
12. Kansas State 1110
13. Montana 1090
14. West Virginia 1065
14. St. Bonaventure 1065
16. Southern Mississippi 1030

MIDWEST

1. California 1370
2, Georgetown   1350
2. Michigan   1350
4. North Carolina 1300
5. Vermont 1185
6. Creighton 1185
7.. NC State 1185
8. Purdue 1170
9. Belmont 1165
10. South Florida 1155
11. Kansas    1150
12. Alabama 1128
13. St. Mary’s 1105
14. Temple 1100
15. Detroit 1095
16. San Diego State 1085

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