collegebasketballHello sports fans and fellow data geeks!  Yes, it’s that time of year! Spring is almost here and that means the finals stages of the college basketball season are upon us. The SAP Data Viz team is looking to follow the success from 2014 (with 11 out of 16 Sweet Sixteen picks correct) and share insights using SAP technology for which teams might make it to the Final Four.

Check out the SAP Tournament Bracket Selections

Using SAP Lumira, SAP Predictive Analytics, SAP HANA, and sharing insights via the Cloud; the Data Viz team analyzed basketball data from 64 college teams to complete the 2015 tournament bracket. Each selection was made based on data, removing any gut feel or school bias from the equation.  Here’s a screenshot of the completed bracket:

NCAA Brackets

Check out www.sap.com/vizthemadness where the Data Viz team will share results and insights on how the predictions were made as the tournament progresses.

Join the action, #ViztheMadness, and trash talk your friends!

Here’s how you can get involved and encourage others to join the action:

  1. Download SAP Lumira via www.saplumira.com
  2. Download the SAP Lumira college basketball data-set or use this public data visualization  
  3. Publish your visual creation toSAP Lumira Cloud
  4. Share your insights via the SAP Community Network
  5. Join the SAP Data Viz Team bracket pool and let the trash talk begin!  Follow @SAPAnalytics on Twitter

The analysis continues on the road to the finals

The Data Viz team will share more insight and analysis as the tournament unfolds and share tournament insights created by the community.  A special thanks goes out to a fantastic team of Data Viz and Predictive experts including: Charles Gadalla, Ashish Morzaria, Sam Ko, Rachel Ho, and Mitesh Patel for pulling together the stats and analysis for this year’s tournament, it couldn’t have been done without you!

Good luck with your bracket!

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