Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Butler to compete in virtual national girls basketball tournament

McLean, VA – While Butler won’t square off on the court against the best girls’ high school Basketball teams in the country, they can still win bragging rights as the best team in the nation. Using the same algorithm that powers the BCS National Championship, will simulate a virtual national tournament to determine the best boys’ and girls’ high school basketball teams in the land.

Starting March 31st, Gannett’s and USA TODAY will tip off the Massey Virtual National Championship tournament. 64 teams will play a weeklong bracket-style tournament with computer simulations programmed by Ken Massey, author of the remarkable Massey Ratings.

The brackets have been seeded by USA TODAY Sports editors, initially drawing from 50 state champions and 14 other “at large” picks. Massey will run each match-up through his simulations to determine each round’s winner.
Round One tips off on March 31st, and the National Champion will be crowned on April 6, 2010 at 12 p.m. ET at http:// Trophy presentation will be made at the champion’s school.

Butler qualified for the Massey Virtual National Championship by having the highest Massey Rating of the girls’ State Basketball Champions in North Carolina.

“I’m sure the results will lead to plenty of debate across the country in locker rooms and family rooms, just as the BCS rankings do in college,” said Jason Rine, content manager at, who championed the virtual tournament. “I can’t wait to hear the response for a simulated basketball tournament since our virtual football tournament was a huge success in January.” is the exclusive publisher of “Massey Ratings,” which rank varsity football, girls and boys basketball and boys baseball teams within their league, state and the USA. Added as a first-of-its-kind feature in 2008, the “Massey Ratings” draw passionate audiences of teen athletes and their parents.

“We’re very thrilled to bring this exciting new format to fans of high school basketball,” said Monte Lorell, managing editor of Sports at USA TODAY. “This virtual championship is a unique offering and will feature the rich assets of I’m sure we’ll have some fun along the way.”

Find a list of participating schools and seeded tournament brackets at

-- Observer News Services