The field of 68 teams in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament has been whittled down to 16, and the regional semifinals tip off Thursday night. The Facebook Data Science Team created a map showing which Sweet 16 team tops each state in terms of Facebook mentions since the start of the tournament.
The 2013 college football season kicked off with a handful of games Thursday night, and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio helped Facebook users prepare for the first weekend of tailgating by analyzing the social network’s fans of the top 25 teams in the AP preseason rankings, uncovering some surprising findings, and some that were not so surprising.
When little-known Florida Gulf Coast University became the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, Facebook users took notice. The Eagles are the most-talked-about remaining college hoops team in the U.S., with fellow underdog Wichita State taking second place. However, in terms of Facebook page popularity, blue bloods Indiana, Kansas, Duke, and Michigan are among the most-liked.