Does the biggest “spender” win in March Madness? Yes, but not always

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Does the biggest “spender” win in March Madness? Yes, but not always.

The New Yorker studied this question, using a new predictive theory: pick the schools that spend the most on men’s basketball.

The infographic to the right shows the financial data for each team (expenses and revenue), expressed as bubbles—the bigger the bubble, the bigger the dollar figure. The buttons on the left change how you can view the data (as a bracket, list, or map), while the ones in the center allow you to switch between expenses and revenue. The buttons on the right show our money prediction (in which the biggest spender always wins), along with a bracket of this year’s actual results.

Go here to interact with the brackets yourself.


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