Back from Vegas / Kaggle
I got back from Vegas a few hours ago. If you’ve never been to Vegas during the NCAA tournament, you’re going to want to do that. There is nothing in the world like a room full of people watching a 15 point game with 90 seconds left screaming at the giant screen for the team that is winning to heave up some threes. Absolutely incredible. And watching an upset is even better. The first two games I saw were Dayton and Harvard winning. People were going crazy. I won a few bucks, but nothing incredible. I did cash twice in two tournaments, hit 8 out of 9 (for $0) on a parlay card, and watched my wife hit 200-1 on Sigma Derby.
Yesterday, William Cukierski posted the distributions of the predictions for the first rounds games. I’ve highlighted in red where our first round predictions fall. The most important ones so far are the Duke game, which we were very confident in (.93) and lost, which is a big penalty, and the Dayton game, where we had Dayton at .66 to win their game over Ohio State, which is notably different than many of the other teams. Hopefully the Duke game doesn’t hurt us too much, and we can stay in the top ten.