Overloaded high schools bring NCAA upsets
One of my editors sent me an intriguing email this morning, after a weekend of basketball surprises:
"The two largest high school classes in history have applied to college the last two years. But there are only so many spots. So very academically qualified kids are having to choose the next tier down; Harvard kids going to Tufts, Tufts kids to Dickinson, Dickinson kids to UMBC etc. It stands to reason that's also happening in athletics. It's sheer demographics. There are only so many spots on Duke's basketball team, Ohio States's football team etc. So athletes who might have squeezed on to those teams are instead starting for the next tier down. And those teams are winning. Like Cornell for example. Or St. Mary's."
I have made the same argument when explaining why, academically, the top 300 colleges in the country are just about as good as Princeton, because all of those Ivy rejects, which the data show to often be just as good as those students admitted, had to go somewhere.
Are we wrong?
| March 22, 2010; 3:34 PM ET
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