Our game score metric is an attempt to quantify the entertainment factor of a given game. There are many ways for a game to be exciting, but the two scores that we calculate include a tension score and a comeback score.

  • The tension score describes how far the game was from a “tense” state which is roughly defined as each team with a 50% chance to win. The farther away the game is from this state, the higher the score, hence lower scores are more exciting. A game that is tied 0-0 throughout and then is decided by a goal in the last second would have the lowest possible score here. Also, this is a quarter-weighted metric, so a close game at the end is weighted more heavily than a close score at the beginning of the game.
  • The comeback score (not published yet) describes how much the game shifted from one team toward another. Lower scores here mean that there was a significant amount of swing within the game, which is usually going to happen if one team comes back from a significant deficit. Cutting a lead from 7 to 3 isn’t going to have a large impact on the win probabilities, so it would not factor. But going from +2 to -2 would cause a huge swing in the win odds, and as a result, would be highly rated in this metric.
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2020 20:10 CT
Home Away Date Tension Game Score (lower=closer, more tense game)
Air Force 11 Cleveland State 12 Feb 22 41
Utah 8 Air Force 9 Feb 15 45
Marquette 10 Robert Morris 11 Mar 07 45
Massachusetts-Lowell 10 Quinnipiac 9 Feb 08 46
Ohio State 7 Massachusetts 9 Feb 15 49
NJIT 7 Manhattan 8 Mar 07 51
Vermont 9 Dartmouth 8 Mar 07 54
Albany 14 Drexel 13 Feb 22 55
Drexel 13 Marquette 11 Feb 29 55
Loyola MD 11 Rutgers 10 Feb 22 56
Penn 10 Villanova 12 Mar 06 56
Ohio State 13 Notre Dame 11 Mar 10 56
Vermont 9 Merrimack 8 Feb 29 59
Dartmouth 11 Bryant 8 Feb 22 61
Villanova 12 Drexel 15 Mar 08 64
Cleveland State 10 Marquette 11 Feb 01 66
Sacred Heart 14 Hartford 11 Feb 09 66
Binghamton 11 Lafayette 10 Feb 22 67
Jacksonville 14 Detroit 15 Feb 01 68
Massachusetts 14 LIU 10 Mar 10 68
Bryant 9 Bucknell 11 Feb 09 69
Michigan 13 Marquette 12 Mar 11 69
Saint Joseph’s 11 Delaware 8 Feb 18 70
Lehigh 14 VMI 11 Feb 20 71
Sacred Heart 12 Stony Brook 13 Mar 03 71
Mount St Marys 11 Utah 10 Mar 07 71
Towson 10 Mount St Marys 11 Feb 15 72
Penn 17 Penn State 18 Feb 29 72
Saint Joseph’s 12 Penn 13 Mar 08 73
Richmond 13 Marist 11 Feb 14 74
Michigan 12 Merrimack 14 Feb 22 74
Albany 15 Harvard 14 Feb 29 74
Air Force 7 Denver 13 Feb 08 75
High Point 16 Drexel 15 Feb 15 75
Penn 14 Duke 11 Feb 22 76
Merrimack 11 Dartmouth 13 Feb 15 77
Virginia 18 High Point 15 Feb 25 78
Colgate 12 Boston U 13 Feb 29 78
UMBC 10 Towson 5 Mar 03 78
Fairfield 14 Merrimack 11 Feb 18 79
Massachusetts 9 Harvard 10 Feb 22 80
Duke 13 Air Force 14 Feb 01 81
Stony Brook 11 Brown 10 Feb 22 82
Robert Morris 15 High Point 11 Feb 29 82
Mercer 20 Wagner 8 Feb 29 82
Merrimack 12 Holy Cross 13 Feb 01 83
Rutgers 13 Stony Brook 14 Feb 29 83
Brown 11 Quinnipiac 7 Feb 15 85
Syracuse 9 Army 7 Feb 23 85
LIU 8 Wagner 9 Feb 15 87
Hartford 10 Canisius 4 Feb 22 87
Marquette 9 Jacksonville 11 Feb 15 88
Navy 16 Colgate 14 Mar 07 88
Marist 14 Delaware 15 Mar 07 88
Virginia 12 Princeton 16 Feb 22 90
Holy Cross 9 Harvard 8 Feb 25 90
Drexel 9 Saint Joseph’s 10 Mar 06 90
Villanova 13 Maryland 12 Feb 18 92
Maryland 14 Notre Dame 9 Feb 29 92
Hofstra 12 Michigan 9 Feb 15 93
Holy Cross 10 Vermont 9 Feb 15 93
Mount St Marys 10 VMI 9 Feb 29 93
Mount St Marys 7 Richmond 14 Mar 03 93
Cleveland State 9 Bellarmine 8 Mar 06 94
Denver 10 Cleveland State 6 Feb 23 95
Saint Joseph’s 10 Providence 8 Feb 22 96
Mount St Marys 4 UMBC 9 Feb 22 97
Siena 15 Massachusetts-Lowell 16 Feb 22 98
Lehigh 14 Navy 6 Feb 29 98
Hobart and William 16 Binghamton 9 Mar 07 98
Duke 16 Richmond 15 Feb 28 99
Massachusetts 17 Albany 12 Mar 03 99
Merrimack 6 Massachusetts-Lowell 8 Mar 07 99
Hofstra 8 Villanova 10 Feb 22 100
Princeton 16 Rutgers 11 Mar 07 100
Villanova 12 Yale 18 Feb 15 101
Mercer 17 St. Bonaventure 8 Mar 04 101
Jacksonville 11 Utah 15 Feb 29 103
Richmond 13 Maryland 14 Feb 08 104
St. John’s 13 Hartford 11 Feb 15 104
Air Force 15 Canisius 11 Mar 08 104
Providence 6 Holy Cross 4 Feb 08 105
Richmond 12 Navy 9 Feb 18 105
Detroit 20 Bellarmine 13 Feb 18 105
Fairfield 19 LIU 15 Mar 03 105
Detroit 13 Robert Morris 16 Mar 04 105
Monmouth 7 Mercer 10 Mar 07 105
Brown 14 Virginia 13 Mar 08 105
Stony Brook 13 St. John’s 12 Feb 11 106
Hartford 11 Manhattan 8 Mar 03 106
Lehigh 15 Holy Cross 10 Mar 07 106
Cornell 18 Penn State 17 Mar 08 107
Manhattan 10 VMI 8 Feb 15 108
Utah 17 Furman 9 Feb 22 109
Syracuse 21 Hobart and William 13 Feb 28 109
Duke 18 Jacksonville 8 Mar 10 109
Johns Hopkins 15 Towson 7 Feb 08 110
UMBC 8 Georgetown 14 Feb 15 111
Yale 17 Michigan 11 Mar 07 111
North Carolina 18 Bryant 16 Mar 10 111
Stony Brook 14 Hofstra 11 Feb 25 114
Notre Dame 13 Richmond 5 Feb 23 115
Notre Dame 11 Denver 14 Mar 07 115
Loyola MD 10 Johns Hopkins 7 Feb 15 116
Georgetown 14 Mount St Marys 7 Feb 25 116
Manhattan 5 Bryant 16 Feb 29 116
North Carolina 14 Mercer 6 Feb 08 117
Air Force 11 St. Bonaventure 5 Feb 23 117
Ohio State 12 Hofstra 10 Mar 07 117
Wagner 5 Manhattan 16 Feb 22 118
Holy Cross 13 Massachusetts-Lowell 12 Feb 18 119
Penn State 10 Yale 12 Feb 22 119
Johns Hopkins 13 Mount St Marys 12 Mar 10 119
Marist 12 Binghamton 4 Feb 08 120
Wagner 5 Monmouth 9 Feb 25 120
Bryant 15 Stony Brook 11 Mar 07 120
Monmouth 3 Saint Joseph’s 10 Feb 29 121
Navy 9 Manhattan 4 Feb 07 123
Towson 10 Cornell 17 Feb 21 123
Bucknell 11 Ohio State 15 Feb 22 125
Fairfield 19 Quinnipiac 15 Feb 29 125
Harvard 15 Fairfield 12 Mar 07 125
Marist 14 Hartford 6 Feb 25 126
Delaware 14 Mount St Marys 8 Feb 08 127
Rutgers 17 St. John’s 10 Feb 08 127
Maryland 17 Penn 15 Feb 15 127
Massachusetts-Lowell 9 Massachusetts 11 Feb 25 127
St. John’s 16 Siena 9 Mar 07 127
Mercer 16 Cleveland State 13 Mar 09 127
Fairfield 18 Stony Brook 16 Feb 15 128
NJIT 8 Lehigh 17 Feb 22 128
Ohio State 16 Cornell 17 Mar 01 128
Brown 12 Providence 13 Feb 29 128
Maryland 14 Albany 13 Mar 07 131
Johns Hopkins 10 North Carolina 17 Feb 22 132
Furman 11 North Carolina 18 Mar 06 132
Utah 16 Bellarmine 10 Feb 01 133
Bellarmine 13 St. Bonaventure 5 Feb 15 133
Loyola MD 15 Towson 6 Feb 26 133
NJIT 5 Siena 12 Feb 29 133
Massachusetts-Lowell 5 Dartmouth 14 Feb 29 133
Sacred Heart 8 Providence 14 Mar 07 133
Lehigh 16 Utah 11 Feb 08 134
Navy 19 Furman 3 Feb 15 134
Villanova 10 Penn State 19 Feb 08 135
Siena 14 LIU 12 Feb 08 135
Massachusetts 13 Yale 10 Feb 29 135
Loyola MD 10 Duke 13 Mar 07 135
Siena 12 Fairfield 21 Mar 10 135
Denver 13 Duke 15 Feb 15 136
Bryant 15 Boston U 10 Feb 18 136
Princeton 18 Johns Hopkins 11 Feb 29 136
Army 15 Binghamton 10 Mar 03 136
High Point 13 St. Bonaventure 8 Mar 02 137
UMBC 19 High Point 13 Mar 07 137
Penn State 16 Lafayette 9 Feb 01 139
Ohio State 23 Detroit 9 Feb 04 139
Hobart and William 22 Canisius 8 Feb 08 139
Wagner 9 Hartford 18 Mar 07 139
Maryland 23 High Point 12 Feb 01 140
St. Bonaventure 8 Saint Joseph’s 15 Feb 09 140
Delaware 13 NJIT 1 Feb 15 140
LIU 13 Quinnipiac 9 Mar 07 140
St. John’s 9 Hofstra 19 Mar 10 140
Boston U 4 Ohio State 11 Feb 08 141
Lafayette 4 Loyola MD 14 Feb 29 141
Princeton 20 Colgate 11 Feb 18 142
Army 12 Holy Cross 5 Feb 29 142
Hofstra 14 LIU 6 Feb 29 143
Massachusetts-Lowell 5 Boston U 13 Feb 15 144
Monmouth 2 Delaware 11 Feb 22 144
Virginia 15 Air Force 5 Mar 01 144
High Point 8 Duke 17 Feb 08 145
Hofstra 21 Wagner 11 Feb 08 146
Marquette 11 Bellarmine 10 Feb 08 146
Hobart and William 26 Siena 9 Feb 15 146
Vermont 16 Quinnipiac 7 Feb 22 146
Denver 16 St. Bonaventure 3 Feb 22 146
UMBC 13 Sacred Heart 6 Feb 29 146
Duke 19 Furman 6 Mar 01 147
Syracuse 21 Colgate 14 Feb 07 148
Michigan 16 Cleveland State 9 Feb 08 148
Army 15 Rutgers 4 Feb 15 148
Virginia 12 Lehigh 8 Feb 15 148
Michigan 16 St. John’s 11 Feb 29 148
LIU 15 St. John’s 17 Feb 22 150
Binghamton 4 Bucknell 16 Feb 24 150
Michigan 16 Canisius 8 Feb 18 151
Detroit 6 Marquette 18 Feb 22 151
Towson 4 Georgetown 16 Mar 07 151
Army 17 Massachusetts 4 Feb 08 152
Monmouth 11 NJIT 8 Feb 08 152
Virginia 12 Loyola MD 9 Feb 08 153
Penn State 19 Saint Joseph’s 4 Feb 15 153
Denver 13 North Carolina 15 Mar 01 153
Georgetown 13 Bellarmine 4 Feb 29 155
Johns Hopkins 9 Syracuse 15 Mar 07 156
Lafayette 3 Georgetown 17 Feb 08 157
Army 19 NJIT 1 Feb 10 158
Notre Dame 17 Cleveland State 7 Feb 15 158
Georgetown 25 Fairfield 12 Feb 22 158
Syracuse 17 Binghamton 4 Feb 14 159
Brown 20 Sacred Heart 7 Feb 18 159
Bellarmine 11 Boston U 17 Feb 22 159
Boston U 5 Providence 12 Feb 01 161
Bucknell 14 Sacred Heart 11 Feb 15 161
North Carolina 24 Lafayette 8 Feb 15 163
Delaware 10 Villanova 19 Feb 29 163
Lafayette 8 Army 16 Mar 07 163
Providence 16 Bryant 9 Feb 15 164
VMI 4 Richmond 17 Mar 07 165
Furman 9 Bucknell 16 Feb 01 167
Princeton 20 Monmouth 9 Feb 15 167
Albany 10 Cornell 19 Feb 15 167
Hobart and William 21 Colgate 13 Feb 22 167
Rutgers 20 Quinnipiac 9 Feb 01 171
Marist 17 Army 9 Feb 18 172
High Point 11 Cornell 21 Feb 23 177
Canisius 10 Robert Morris 22 Feb 15 179
Furman 7 Penn State 22 Mar 10 182
Bucknell 20 Marist 11 Feb 29 185
North Carolina 19 Colgate 6 Feb 01 187
Jacksonville 15 Robert Morris 8 Feb 23 189
Drexel 24 Robert Morris 12 Feb 25 192