March 17, 2004


Brian Weatherson doesn't seem to be handicapping the NCAA men's brackets against the Leiter rankings, so I'll have to. (Disclaimer: this post intended for entertainment purposes only. If you are considering combining careers in basketball and philosophy, your choice of school should not rely solely on this post.)

Stanford (#1 seed) is clearly dominant in the combined NCAA/Leiter rankings. The only higher Leiter-ranked schools in the the tournament are Pitt (#3 seed) and Princeton (#14 seed), and Stanford's higher seed outweighs their higher rankings.

The first-round Texas-Princeton matchup looks to be easily the game in which the two teams have the lowest combined Leiter-rankings. Other potential powerhouse matchups are Pitt-Wisconsin, Stanford-Maryland or Syracuse, Arizona-Duke, or maybe Stanford-Connecticut for a spot in the final four. (None of those require more than a one-seed upset.)

The Phoenix bracket has quite an impressive list of philosophy schools in top seeds.

OK, start your poll picks [um, pool picks, they sound the same in Pittsburghese].

[UPDATE: Look, mister, Chalmers and I settled it last year that the correct methodology is 4 * seed + Leiter. As a friend who probably wishes to remain nameless likes to say, when you're writing a dissertation on seeds the right opening is "Not all theories of seeds are equally plausible." I like Gonzaga v. Pitt in the Final Four, though.]

Posted by Matt Weiner at March 17, 2004 05:54 PM

Arguments by authority are always impressive, especially when the authority is Dave Chalmers! I prefer a method that gets a range of numbers between 6 and 480 though over some namby-pamby addition rule.

Posted by: Brian Weatherson at March 18, 2004 10:35 AM