The Bang-for-Buck Bracket

You may recall that on Monday Seton Hall University’s Robert Kelchen published his third annual NCAA basketball tournament bracket showing how the schools would do if they were competing over net price of attendance. We’ve now gone one better, taking the fuller data for ranking colleges by “best bang for buck” contained in the new WaMo book, The Other College Guide, and turning that into a bracket, which you can find here.

I’m proud that my Georgia Bulldogs finished in the Elite Eight in the Bang-for-Buck Bracket as well as in the net price version. And in fact, in the former they lost to eventual champion the Anteaters of UC-Irvine, who prevailed over UNC, Texas and UCLA in the Final Four.

This is the bracket every parent should pay attention to, just as they should all read The Other College Guide. It really is a slam dunk proposition.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.