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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Final Four "Fun Factors"

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This is it, boys and girls.  It's the biggest event of the college lacrosse year: Memorial Day Weekend, host to the semifinals and finals of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.

Out of a pool of 61, four remain.  Of those four schools -- Denver, Duke, Maryland, and Virginia -- all four are ranked in the top-10 in the patented "Fun Factor" scale.  Three of those schools -- Denver, Duke, and Virginia -- are in the top-four.

It's going to be a hell of a show down in Baltimore, Maryland.  I'm getting giddy just writing about it.

Here is the fun-down for Saturday's semifinal games.  If you have no idea what a "Fun Factor" is, it's probably best to read this quick tutorial before giving yourself an aneurysm.

FUN FACTORS: MAY 28, 2011

RANK DATE TIME TEAM TEAM FUN FACTOR
1. May 28 4:00 Virginia Denver 6.9545
2. May 28 6:30 Maryland Duke 6.5321

And, because everyone is looking forward to Memorial Monday, here's how each Championship game permutation ranks on the "Fun Factor" scale:

FUN FACTORS: MAY 31, 2011

RANK DATE TIME TEAM TEAM FUN FACTOR
1. May 31 3:30 Virginia Duke 7.4224
2. May 31 3:30 Denver Duke 7.1677
3. May 31 3:30 Virginia Maryland 6.3189
4. May 31 3:30 Denver Maryland 6.0642

You really can't go wrong with any of those matchups:

  • While three of those games would be rematches -- Virginia-Duke (for a third time), Denver-Duke, and Virginia-Maryland -- I wouldn't care.  Would you?  Of course not.  You're not stupid or anything.
  • Virginia-Duke would pit the top-two teams in the "Fun Factor" ratings against each other.  Denver (the fourth ranked team) would be a suitable rocket show fill-in if the Pioneers get past Virginia.
  • The "Fun Factor" scale worries about Denver-Maryland because each team doesn't have electric pace values (total possessions per game).  No worries; those are still two of the most efficient offenses in the country that'd be facing off against each other.

What do you guys think about the rankings?  Especially excited about on Championship match-up over another?