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Does the NCAA Tournament actually increase productivity?

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It’s almost time for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The time when games are played at lunch hours on weekdays and no one feels like doing anything but watching the games at work.

Well, here’s a recent study that you can take to your boss as a way of convincing them to relax when they catch you watching Michigan State/Valparaiso on Thursday at 12:15 p.m.

Turns out, according to a study by OfficeTeam shows that a a survey of over 1,000 managers concluded only eight percent see a drop in productivity. In addition, twice as many managers said they saw a positive effect in the NCAA Tournament time and 75-percent said they saw no productivity drop.

A previous study by Challenger showed that a calculated loss of productivity would amount to $134 million lost. Though they made light of their own study, saying, “gives legitimate scientific studies a bad name.”

Here’s a more in-depth description of how Challenger, Gray and Christmas does its study.

Challenger takes the 2.2 million average daily viewership the tournament drew last year on NCAA March Madness Live, which is streamed free online for certain pay-TV viewers. Then it inflates the number to account for the growing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, and arrives at “at least 3 million viewers.”

Then Challenger takes the average U.S. wage of $22.38 an hour and multiplies that by 3 million viewers and by two days — during the first two days many games occur during work hours — to arrive at “at least $134 million.”

The story also gets into several other polls to choose from, stating the case for both sides.

It’s not an exact science. Unless you go around asking companies, employee by employee, how much time they spend watching the tournament at work, you won’t learn the extent of the “damage” the tournament does to ones job production. And frankly, who cares? It’s a pseudo-national holiday over the next few weeks, so indulge. We at CBTonNBC give you permission — and read our blog to accompany your viewing experience.

So, in conclusion, to all my previous teachers, all those times you caught me listening to the games on my hand-held radio, you were only hurting yourself.



VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.