So how is March Madness going for you Dashboard Spies? Did you predict the Sweet 16 successfully? What? Don’t tell me you didn’t apply all that analytical skill and business intelligence savvy you have to your pool picks? You can model sales forecasts in the face of the worst economy since the Great Depression, but you can’t forecast a college basketball tournament? What are you going to do when sports betting comes to Atlantic City? Well, don’t worry, at the end of this post you’ll find a quick Sweet 16 rundown courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
Have you seen this 2009 College Basketball Bracket Dashboard from iDashboards?
It’s an interactive dashboard that you’ll want to check out, but here’s a screenshot as a preview. Click on it to enlarge it so that you can read it more easily.
If you drill down into the Midwest region, you’ll see some graphs and gauges:
Be sure to visit the iDashboards March Madness Dashboard.
And here is the Sweet 16 rundown I promised from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper:
NCAA tournament: 16 things to know about the Sweet 16
Many vaunted programs still alive
By Iliana Limon
March 26, 2009
No. 1 Louisville (30-5)
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has a 37-12 record in the NCAA tournament, giving him the third-highest winning percentage among active coaches behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Florida’s Billy Donovan.
No. 12 Arizona (21-13)
The Wildcats won the 1997 title by beating Pitino’s Kentucky team in Indianapolis, where they will face Pitino’s Louisville team.
No. 3 Kansas (27-7)
The defending national champions have been a two-man show this postseason. Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins have scored 93 of the Jayhawks’ 144 points in the first two rounds.
No. 2 Michigan State (28-6)
During the last 12 years, every Spartan who has stayed in school for four seasons has appeared in the Final Four.
No. 1 Connecticut (29-4)
UConn is 38-12 in Sweet 16 appearances under coach Jim Calhoun but went 4-14 in 13 NCAA tournaments before Calhoun took over.
No. 5 Purdue (27-9)
In the Boilermakers’ last 10 tournament appearances, they have reached the Elite Eight twice.
No. 3 Missouri (30-6)
Tigers coach Mike Anderson was at UAB three years ago and handed Memphis its last loss in Conference USA, in which Memphis is now riding a 61-game winning streak.
No. 2 Memphis (33-3)
Seniors Antonio Anderson, Robert Dozier and Chance McGrady set an NCAA record for most career wins with 137.
No. 1 Pittsburgh (30-4)
The Panthers advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last eight seasons, but they are 20-21 all time in 21 NCAA tournament appearances.
No. 4 Xavier (27-7)
The Musketeers are one of nine teams with multiple Elite Eight appearances in the last five years (2004 and ’08), joining North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas, Memphis, Louisville, Texas, Florida and Connecticut.
No. 3 Villanova (28-7)
Seniors Dwayne Anderson, Shane Clark, Dante Cunningham and Frank Tchuisi have recorded 100 career wins, the most by any class in the program’s 89-year history.
No. 2 Duke (30-6)
Krzyzewski became the winningest coach in NCAA tournament history last week with 71 wins, passing Dean Smith’s 69.
No. 1 North Carolina (30-4)
The Tar Heels are tied with Kentucky for most NCAA tournament wins with 98 and have won at least 30 games for the third straight season—the first time that’s happened in school history.
No. 4 Gonzaga (28-5)
The Bulldogs appeared in their 12th consecutive West Coast Conference tournament championship this year, the second-longest streak of reaching a conference tournament final to Kentucky’s 14 in the Southeastern Conference.
No. 3 Syracuse (28-9)
The Orange has reached the Sweet 16 for the 14th time in 26 trips to the NCAA tournament under coach Jim Boeheim.
No. 2 Oklahoma (29-5)
This marks Oklahoma’s 27th postseason appearance—22 NCAAs, five NITs—in the last 28 seasons, tied for the most in the nation over that span.