2013 NCAA tournament rankings by SAT scores

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

For the second year in a row, I answer the question on everyone’s mind: 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, common data sets, and in one case, Cappex, I figured it out. Of course, Harvard would be the No. 1 seed overall, followed by Duke and Notre Dame . From then on, it gets a little congested. Below is a ranking of the overall 68-team tournament field 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.

Inside Higher Ed has set up its own brackets based on academic progress statistics for NCAA tournament teams: Butler, Belmont, Memphis, and Kansas make the Final Four, and Belmont wins. Check it out.

2013 NCAA Tourney SAT Rank/Scores

 

1. Harvard 1500
2. Duke 1455
3. Notre Dame 1430
4. Georgetown 1405
5. Michigan 1360
6. California 1355
7. Illinois 1350
7. Davidson 1350
9. Miami, Fla. 1325
10. UCLA 1300
10. North Carolina 1300
12. Minnesota 1295
12. Bucknell 1295
12. Villanova 1295
15. Wisconsin 1280
16. Florida 1265
17. Ohio State 1255
17. Pittsburgh 1255
19. NC State 1215
20. Pacific 1205
21. Saint Louis 1200
22. Gonzaga 1190
23. Creighton 1180
24. Colorado 1175
24. Oklahoma 1175
24. Marquette 1175
24. Butler 1175
28. Missouri 1170
28. Belmont 1170
30. Indiana 1165
31. Syracuse 1160
32. Kansas 1150
32. Iowa State 1150
32. James Madison 1150
35. Cincinnati 1145
36. Colorado State 1140
37. Louisville 1135
38. Michigan State 1120
39. Valparaiso 1115
40. Kansas State 1110
40. Temple 1110
42. Oregon 1108
43. Arizona 1107
44. Oklahoma State 1105
44. Va. Commonwealth 1105
44. Albany 1105
44. Saint Mary’s, CA 1105
48. San Diego State 1090
49. Mississippi 1080
50. New Mexico 1075
51. Montana 1075
52. Boise State 1065
53. Middle Tennessee 1045
54. Liberty 1040
55. Wichita State 1035
56. Florida Gulf Coast 1025
57. Memphis 1020
57. Akron 1020
59. Iona 1010
60. UNLV 995
60. South Dakota State 995
62. Western Kentucky 990
63. La Salle 985
63. New Mexico State 985
65. Northwestern State 983
66. North Carolina A&T 905
67. LIU-Brooklyn 895
68. Southern 890

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