[eDebate] last set of stats

NEIL BERCH berchnorto
Thu Jul 19 13:25:14 CDT 2007

Number of teams debating in octas at the NDT the past 4 years:
5--UC-Berkeley, Dartmouth, Emory, Harvard, Northwestern
4--Kansas, Michigan State, Wake, Whitman
2--Fullerton, George Washington, Georgia, Oklahoma, Redlands, Texas, UMKC, Wayne State
1--CSU-Long Beach, Fort Hays, Kentucky, Louisville, North Texas, USC, West Georgia

Comparing with First Round Bids:
Top 6 schools accounted for 37 first rounds (58%) but only 29 octafinalists (45%).
Top 10 schools accounted for 49 first rounds (77%) but only 43 octafinalists (67%).

This provides mild evidence to support the notion that rep counts for more in the bid process than it does in a round.  You might actually expect the top schools to perform better in the tournament, as they could very well have some really good 3rd teams that were shut out of first rounds.

--Neil Berch
West Virginia University
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