ESPN BPI Simulates Wisconsin as 2020 National Champions
One of the things that I enjoy reading in the society of the quarantine, no-sports life is the simulation of the March Madness tournament. I truly believe if I had any sort of video game system, I would be playing it to recapture some of my sports love. Everyone is trying something different with their simulations. ESPN used their BPI to determine a national champion. When they were finished with their simulation, Wisconsin came out as the National Champion. This might hurt for some, might eye-roll for others. Here’s how ESPN did it.
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but ESPN should have probably rethought this simulation. I’m not being a hater, I promise you. More so, there felt like too many upsets. I realize the last two years of NCAA Tournaments have had their fair share of upsets but at the same point, some of these felt weirdly off. Gonzaga going down to Yale in the Sweet 16 feels off to me. Or how about the Marquette Golden Eagles advancing to Sweet 16 by beating Houston (Realistic) and Kansas (Wildy unrealistic)?
ESPN can say that this is March Madness and upsets happen! That is true, but it does feel like there is a fine line here between real and fake. As it happens with most content in the internet world, someone takes a bit too far and that’s what ESPN did. This seems like the NCAA Tournament on cocaine, meth and a dash of MDMA. Yet I’m not going to stop Badgers fans from ‘celebrating’ the virtual title.
Final thought, Marquette-Wisconsin in any round of the NCAA Tournament is a nightmare scenario. It is an immediate trump card for the winning team for at least five years. I never want these two teams to play each other in the tournament.