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May 28, 2009

Field Prognostication: What can we learn from the PACE NSC?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris C. @ 4:53 pm

Earlier I mentioned that there was another major tournament last weekend, the PACE National Scholastic Championship. Although the PACE questions and format are different from NAQT and the field was much smaller, PACE questions are good questions and so the results from this tournament provide at the very least a rough overview of how HSNCT might turn out.

Brief results from PACE (full results here):

Wilmington Charter (#2 in the pre-nationals poll) defeated State College (#1 in the pre-nationals poll) in the championship and both teams lost only once before the final. The other semifinalists were Georgetown Day School (#10) and Maggie Walker Governor’s School (#4).  All four of these teams will be at the HSNCT, so there’s potential for some grudge matches to take place.

Some other observations:

  • Dorman (#5) started hot but ended with a 4-game losing streak, including a loss to in-state rival Southside.
  • Unranked Walton finished in the top 12 overall
  • Chattahoochee (#21) missed the top playoff brackets but won its consolation bracket over teams like Rockford Auburn (#14)
  • Stow-Munroe Falls (#14) managed to deal State College its only loss before the finals and Walter Johnson (#6) was Wilmington Charter’s only loss of the whole tournament, although Hunter (#3) came within 50 points of beating them too
  • The championship match literally came down to the last question; see the thrilling liveblog here

For the next post, I’ll go through all of the top 25 teams that will be at HSNCT and provide a quick take on their past results and their chances. I’ll also try to get one up discussing some of the top individual players in the country, although as you’ll see it can be difficult to measure individual player performance accurately.

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