## Thursday, April 21, 2005

Fun With Math

Just like last year, my (would-be?) scientific calculations have determined the Top Ten College Hockey Programs Of All Time:

1 - Michigan (4034 points)
2 - North Dakota (3480)
3 - Denver (3122)
4 - Minnesota (3078)
5 - Boston University (2541)
6 - Wisconsin (2283)
7 - Boston College (1644)
8 - Michigan Tech (1585)
9 - Maine (1473)
10 - Lake Superior State (1329)

The only change in the rankings from last year is that Denver moves past Minnesota into third.

The calculations used were as follows:

1) Making it only to the NCAA semifinals and not to the title game gives points as follows: 1 point for 1948 semifinalists, 2 points for 1949 semifinalist, 3 points for 1950 semifinalists, and so on through 2005. More points are assigned the closer we get to the present under the What Have You Done For Me Lately Theorem.

2) Finishing second in the NCAAs gives points as follows: 116 points for 1948 runners-up, 117 points for 1949 runners-up, 118 points for 1950 runners-up, and so on through 2005. 116 points is given to the 1948 runners-up under the reasoning that finishing second is twice as great as being a semifinalist in 2005 (58 points.) The What Have You Done For Me Lately Theorem also applies here.

3) Winning the NCAA championship gives points as follows: 346 points for 1948 champions, 347 points for 1949 champions, 348 points for 1950 champions, and so on through 2005. 346 points is given to the 1948 champions under the reasoning that winning it all is twice as great as finishing second in 2005 (173 points.) The What Have You Done For Me Lately Theorem also applies here.

The Excel file I used to make these calculations is available for download here. Please feel free to comment or email me with comments or criticisms on my calculation process.