It was a cold, overcast evening in Berlin, one of many in any given December in Der Hauptstadt.  But unlike many other Thursday nights, dozens gathered near the Mercedes-Benz Arena for a discussion.  Thursdays are typically free for fans of Eisbären Berlin, the local hockey team playing in Germany’s version of the NHL. Games are typically set up in match days, similar to soccer, with most of the teams playing on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. What brought the fans in to the arena was a special meeting called by Eisbären fan groups, who combine to make up the Fankurve section of the […]

In Berlin, Ice Hockey Discovers the Price of Profits



We’ve told you how good the AMSTS Computer Rankings are, how about we take them out for a spin on the biggest stage of the year? Below are the predictions and lines for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games. Of course, gambling might not be legal in your jurisdiction so if you’re from one of those places please be sure to consult your local constable for alternatives. Underdog Favorite Line O/U AMSTS Prediction Difference to line Diff to O/U Minnesota Louisville -5 135.5 74-67 LOU LOU 2 5.5 Yale LSU -7 156.5 76-64 LSU LSU 5 -16.5 New Mexico State Auburn -5.5 […]

AMSTS Computer Predictions for Thursday’s NCAA Tournament Games


It’s the best time of the year, and lucky for you, you’ve stumbled upon one of the best sources NCAA Basketball information for 2018 March Madness.  With a consistent appearance in the Massey Ratings’ Top 5, AMSTS’ computer metrics are second-to-none. Anyway, you’re here for bracket advice. So let’s go with a rundown of teams most likely to upset and those most likely to be upset. The bad news? It’s unlikely we’ll see the first 16 seed upset of a 1 this season, because the top of the league feels a lot better than last year, and the bottom teams […]

Your Last Minute AMSTS Upset Specials


Well, the college basketball regular season is over, and once again the AMSTS Computer Rankings are in the top five of the Massey Composite Ranking. This year we sit #2 overall, but #1 of the total ranking systems in correlation to consensus. What does that mean? Well, we don’t win anything but a chance to inflate our egos. But if you believe that every computer system is out there attempting to best rank the teams from best to worst, then you’d have to agree that the consensus of all of those is likely close to The Objective Truth™. As such, […]

AMSTS Computer Rankings Finish in Top 5 Massey Composite For ...



We’ve heard it before: The Road to the Final Four is long and painful.  But exactly how long is it?  For some of the teams, it seems like they always get opening round games right down the road.  For the rest of us, it seems like our team has to cross nine time zones to even get to the Sweet 16. Well, I did the work so you didn’t have to. Using some base assumptions, I plugged in the numbers to see who, exactly, has the longest way still to go.  The answer may surprise you. Assumptions: During the NCAA […]

The Long Road to the 2019 Final Four: How Far ...


It’s the last week of the regular season for many major conferences, but many of the low and mid major conference tournaments have begun. Ultimately this led to a lot fewer low attendance games than normal, which brought the average crowd over 5,000 for the first time this season. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 1 (Season total: 749) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Northern Illinois vs Ohio – Hosted by NIU, a longtime fan of AMSTS, in the first round of the MAC tournament, only 1070 […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 19: The End of the ...


It’s the last week of the regular season for many major conferences, but many of the low and mid major conference tournaments have begun. Ultimately this led to a lot fewer low attendance games than normal, which brought the average crowd over 5,000 for the first time this season. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 21 (Season total: 748) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Sacred Heart vs LIU-Brooklyn – A mid-week game with the four seed in the NEC tournament on the line managed to only draw […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 18: Mid-Major Conference Tournament Time!



It’s almost tournament time, and a big part of who can advance in the tournament is based off of how well the team is playing as we head into March. With the help of MODERN TECHNOLOGY, we’ve blown up the AMSTS Computer Rankings to dissect exactly which teams have momentum going into the big dance, and which ones should be avoided. First things first, let’s look at how everything tends to center out over the course of the season. Largely because of conference play being a snake eating its own tail, when we aggregate each conference’s ratings over the course […]

Momentum and Consistency Heading into the NCAA Tournament


As the regular season draws to a close, many teams still find themselves in the thick of competing for a bye in a conference tournament. And plenty of other teams… don’t. Many of those teams that don’t have much to play for had some trouble drawing fans this week. Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 43 (Season total: 727) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Central Arkansas vs Stephen F. Austin – Plenty of Southland in the bottom three this week, with UCA and SFA fighting for the […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 17: Conference Tournament Seeding Time


With the record cold temperatures last week, it’s no surprise that the number of games with fewer than 1000 fans was up nearly 50% week-over-week. As we get closer to the end of the season, head to head matchups become less relevant at times, leading to even fewer fans in attendance. This is the first week of that decline Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 27 (Season total: 684) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Loyola-Maryland vs Navy – Not to be confused with the Ramblers of Chicago, […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 16: The Bottom of the ...



With the record cold temperatures last week, it’s no surprise that the number of games with fewer than 1000 fans was up nearly 50% week-over-week. As we get closer to the end of the season, head to head matchups become less relevant at times, leading to even fewer fans in attendance. This is the first week of that decline Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 35 (Season total: 657) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Chicago State vs Cal State-Bakersfield – Some WACtion makes the bottom three this […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 15: MAACtion At Last!


With the record cold temperatures last week, it’s no surprise that the number of games with fewer than 1000 fans was up nearly 50% week-over-week. As we get closer to the end of the season, head to head matchups become less relevant at times, leading to even fewer fans in attendance. This is the first week of that decline Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 35 (Season total: 622) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Boston University vs Lafayette – Only 459 in the crowd at the Case […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 14: Over 600 Games Below ...


With the record cold temperatures last week, it’s no surprise that the number of games with fewer than 1000 fans was up nearly 50% week-over-week. As we get closer to the end of the season, head to head matchups become less relevant at times, leading to even fewer fans in attendance. This is the first week of that decline Without further ado, let’s take a look: Number of games drawing fewer than 1,000 fans: 44 (Season total: 587) Here are the 3 lowest attended games of last week: Colgate vs Army – Only 302 in the crowd to see the Raiders […]

NCAA Basketball 2018-19 Attendance, Week 13: From Northeast to Southwest, ...