Posted On: 03/10/19 4:47 PM
There are three things that stick out to me during the playoffs. The first is how prevalent are upsets, the second is are points more difficult to come by, and the third is how significant are the blowouts in the first round.
To tackle the first question, I first looked at the number of upsets by seed. Out of the 363 playoff games played, there were 64 instances in which a lower seeded team won. 299-64 is a winning percentage of 82.4%. There is no way to use this information to determine how many upsets were expected, but it still shows that even though 64 seems like a large number, the higher seed still won four out of five games. In an eight team section, there are only 7 games, so you would only expect one or maybe two upsets. In a 16